All About YOU: Letters from My Readers / Volume 2

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As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I will be featuring messages and photos from my readers (you guys!) in this ‘All About You’ or ‘Letters from my Readeres’ monthly series in order to spread out your stories of travel, perseverance, and success — stories that I have somehow been a part of.

True enough, doing travel blogging has been a really fulfilling thing because it has certainly become an effective medium for me to help and inspire people to reach their dreams.

You guys have been thanking me a lot, but do know that I am also thankful for each and everyone of you!

…Do you want to publicize your story too? Well then, if you have ever been inspired by a destination, hotel, activity, or trip that I wrote about, AND/OR if you have ever been inspired to travel or do anything because of my blog articles — come send me a message here along with a high-res landscape photo of yourself and a brief note regarding your journey or situation, and I would absolutely LOVE to include your story in this series!

To kick off the 2nd part of this series, let me present to you the following letters from 5 wonderful individuals!

All About You: Letters from my Readers

» Cathy Merrifield: A letter and photo from Mr. Kilimanjaro

Cathy Merrifield

I was inspired by you, Aileen, when I first visited your blog.

I wish when I was in my twenties, I had taken the chance to travel. Now in my 40’s with kids that are getting older, I am preparing to have my “one fine day”. The quote you shared on Facebook spoke to me and encourages me to know that I will achieve what I want soon: I will escape the working world one day and travel the world.

For now I travel when I can, last trip was a life changing experience hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro!

Cathy is originally from the New England. You can find more about her and her adventures over at

» Maci Arms: A letter and photos from Civitavecchia, Italy

Maci Arms

As a professional dancer who travels often as part of my career, I was searching for a way that I could document my travels and experiences other than just posting my pictures on Facebook or Instagram. When I decided I wanted to start my own travel blog, I didn’t even know where to begin. I wasn’t too familiar with the blogging world anyways other than the couple of fashion blogs I would read; so I had a lot of catching up to do… that’s when I started doing a bit of research and found your blog, I am Aileen, and your post “How To Start Your Own Travel Blog From Scratch”.

Not only did your blog inspire me to want to create my own as soon as possible, but you helped me with the important things I would have never thought about, such as who to host my site with, creating email lists to create and keep up with subscribers, and even how to start promoting my blog to receive more traffic early. Your steps were easy to follow (especially for a complete beginner blogger like myself) but they were also detailed enough where everything I needed to know about setting up my site was answered. I had some concerns about the layout of your blog once, and you emailed me back quickly and kindly answered my questions.

Surely with your help, I have now launched my own travel blog, Via Maci {A Dancer’s Travel & Lifestyle Blog}. This blog will not only be used to update my readers on my travels, but it will also talk about what it’s like living and traveling as a professional dancer! I’m so excited to be starting this new adventure by taking on my own travel blog, but it would have never been possible without the inspiration and help I received from you, Aileen.

Maci is originally from the U.S. You can find more about her and her adventures over at

» Rich Perez: All about you from South Lake Tahoe, California

All About YOU: Letters from My Readers / Volume 2

Aileen, you write one of the most well-written and identifiable travel articles! Ever since I stumbled into your website, you got me bit by the travel bug.

Thank you and do keep doing what you do!

You can find Rich over at Twitter — @richjohnperez

» Myra Abad: A letter and photos from Vancouver, Canada

All About You: Myra Abad

Hey Aileen! By stumbling across your blog, you have inspired me to want to share my journeys.

I’ve always had a travel bug, but because I read your blog right before my 1 month trip to Europe, I was so much more excited to aspire for a life of travel! I just wanted to let you know that I appreciate all the info and inspiration that you so selflessly provided.

I really look up to you and I hope that one day I can live a life similar to yours!

You can find Myra over at Twitter — @mymyabad

» Margareth Bambie: A letter and photos from the Philippines

All About You: Margareth Bambie

Aileen, you’re amazing and you inspired me to travel more!

Your travel guides and tips, down to your amazing captured travel photos — they are like a sweet addiction! Reading your great stuff gives me thousand of reasons to chase my wanderlust and that dreams really do come true!!!

I’m working in a nomadic manner too but I’ve never been this inspired to travel until I luckily stumbled on your awesome blog. I have learned so many things from you Aileen, and I am taking one step at a time to reaching my travel goal of seeing the world!

You can find more about her and her adventures over at

» Send me your letters!

I really love reading your letters and it always brings me joy to learn more about you guys. So again…

  • If you have ever been inspired by a destination, hotel, activity, or trip that I wrote about; and/or,
  • If you have ever been inspired to travel or do just about anything because of my blog articles

…come send me a message along with a high-res landscape photo of yourself and a brief note about your journey or situation. For sure, I would absolutely LOVE to include your piece in this ‘All About You’ series and tell your story to the world. I look forward to your emails!

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At 21, I quit my corporate job in the Philippines to pursue my dreams. Today, I am a successful digital nomad (online entrepreneur, travel writer, & vlogger) living a sustainable travel lifestyle.

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  1. Sarh S

    I think this is an absolutely amazing thing you are doing by sharing your readers messages and photos! So many bloggers barely even respond to reader comments let alone read messages and comments from their loving readers. Keep it up! Wish I had some fun travel photos and stories to share with you, but that would be going back 20 years! haha.

    • Aileen

      Aww I’m happy to hear this Sarh. As a blogger, I always try to respond to everyone. Back when I wasn’t a blogger yet, I know the frustration of not hearing a response from a blogger so I didn’t want that same frustration to happen to those who read my blog haha. Thanks as well, and oh it doesn’t matter how long it has been as long as you’ve traveled :D

  2. Katie

    How inspiring! It must be so wonderful to hear those stories. Usually, my reader communications are short, but still rewarding. People write to tell me that their family or coworkers loved a recipe and that they’re so happy they found the blog. It always makes my day!

    • Aileen

      No matter how short it is, it’s absolutely heart-warming right? :) It’s always great to hear back from readers.

  3. vidya sudarsan

    What a lovely collection of letters from your admirers! You are very inspiring. Travelling is fun, but really getting to know the place and culture and able to write about it is a special skill. You have this Aileen! I love your blog and will be visiting you more often..

    • Aileen

      Aww… you flatter me Vidya and you just made my day! Thank you!!! These kinds of messages inspire me more to help others to make the most of their travels and life in general :)

  4. Tami

    I am not a travel blogger, nor do I get to travel very often. I enjoy traveling through the blog pages of those who are fortunate enough to travel for a living {or hobby}.

  5. Tiffany

    What an awesome idea for posts!! I love it…it is amazing to see how your readers are impacted by what your share…

    • Aileen

      Thanks Tiffany! It always makes me happy to receive these kinds of messages — that’s for sure!


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