I promised that I will do this ‘All About You‘ series every month; however, much like what I expected and much like what you might have come to notice on the blog, I became too busy with my travels and I ended up forgetting about this (aaah, sorry)… But hey, it’s better late than not to post at all, right? And so, I’m finally continuing my aim of sharing your letters as you tell me your stories of travel, perseverance, and success — stories that I have somehow been a part of.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: you guys have been thanking me non-stop, but do know that I’m equally (if not more) 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!
Now let’s get it on with my 5 favorite letters below for this month of July!
All About You: Letters from my Readers
» Inma Gregorio: A letter and photo from Indonesia
Aileen, your blog is one of the most colorful and inspiring websites that I follow.
I always love the way you display everything and how vivid your pictures are! You influenced me in a way and you can certainly see it in how I take photos of my travels!
Inma is originally from Spain. You can find more about her and her adventures over at AWorldToTravel.com
» Amanda Lundberg: A letter and photo
Honestly, your site has inspired me in a lot of ways in 2015: not only to travel more myself but also to document my travels and share in an engaging (or an attempt at engaging, haha) way.
Here are some examples:
- Because I also live in Belgium and am relatively new to the country, your site has inspired me to look more within the country itself for new experiences and adventures that I may have overlooked. I live in Antwerp, which I consider “the best” (as most true Antwerpens do), but Bruges is gorgeous, Ghent is so lively and authentic, and the Walloon region seems like a completely different country even though it’s a short drive away.
- After watching your video from your trip to Dinant, it inspired me to make more informational videos from my trip as well. I tried this type of format for a trip to San Marino, and was very pleased with the outcome (and with the trip in general)!
- I started a travel blog after I read your article on “How to Start a Travel Blog.” Mine isn’t updated as frequently, but I use it as a place to showcase my photography/videos (a skill that applies in my actual job) and also hope to encourage others to travel as well. On my site, I also have a goal: to reach 30 countries by the time I turn 30! Right now I am at 26, but I’m going to Monaco in January, Spain in February, and will end Greece in June. The 29th country to visit is yet to be determined!
Amanda is originally from the USA. You can find more about her adventures over at Instagram @afishcalledamanda
» Thirumal Motati: A letter and photo from Costa Rica
Before I stumbled upon your blog, I mostly used to read blogs by travelers from developed countries.
They inspired me to travel but… not the way you did. You not only inspired me to travel on my third world passport but to find a niche to blog. Your article on how to start a blog from scratch helped me greatly in building and launching my blog. Your post on Facebook groups for travelers helped me establish a presence on social media as well.
Coming from a developing nation yourself, you gave hope to many travelers and bloggers in the developing countries!
Thirumal is originally from India. You can find more about his adventures over at VisaTraveler.com
» Ashby Night: A letter and photos from Europe
I am a new follower of yours and the first article I read about you was about your trip to Thailand. This lead me to read about how you left your corporate job to travel the world.
I’m currently at a pivotal point in my life where I feel like I need to make a big career decision. I just came back from a year abroad traveling around Europe. When I come back to San Francisco I find most of the people I know have 9 to 5 desk jobs working their way up the corporate ladder. I can’t imagine feeling that I would be happy this way.
So I want to start freelance work, like writing or web design. I have a blog mixed with different topics but it’s mostly about my time in Europe. Ideally, I’d like to continue building my travel blog and live life out of my suitcase. I’d also love to pick your brain further on how you learned about web design and were able to create such a success story for yourself. Thanks for inspiring me!
Ashly is originally from the USA. You can find more about her adventures over at WildWoodAndCotton.com
» Ria: A letter and photos from Indonesia
I never thought that one day I will start to share my daily life with the rest of the world. I moved to Indonesia (from Lithuania) a bit more than a year ago. Only after living there for 6 months, I understood that Indonesia is much more than what I saw in beautiful pictures. There is a day life, which is quite different than what I was used to, yet at the same time: so interesting. In my head, there were so many thoughts and experiences, so I decided that it’s time to put everything on a list.
I didn’t know how to start – I’m no professional writer or person. I read many posts on how to start to write a blog, but most of them were the same: “dry” and not very insightful until I found your blog! First, your article “How to Start a Travel Blog from Scratch: Your Ultimate Guide” was which inspired me to start now — without any doubts, even if I didn’t felt very confident at first that somebody wants to read what I will write.
After being inspired by this article, I started to move on, read other posts and every time it’s like an adventure. I found more and more useful information – it’s like a never-ending useful source for many topics about blogging.
I really love your easy way of writing, putting everything in an understandable structure, and then giving detailed information. Sometimes I read other people’s articles and I feel that it’s written only to fulfill the amount of the symbols; but on your page, it’s not about it. It’s about sharing and helping people to discover blogging and traveling beauty.
Every time I read your new post I’m inspired to write, make better posts in my own blog. Yes, I just started it’s still long way to my aim, but only because of your help I’m moving to it.
Thank you very much for sharing, helping, being good example and inspiring people!
Ria is originally from Lithuania. You can find more about her adventures over at LifeInABigTent.com
» Send me your letters!
Clearly, I really love reading your letters — I love it so much that I want to share it with the rest of the world (hence the reason for why this series was born)! After all, 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 to be a part of this ‘All About You’ series.
I would absolutely LOVE to include your piece in this series and tell your story. I look forward to your emails!
How amazing! I used to teach and hearing students share how I inspired them was truly the best part of the job. I’m all about this series <3
Aww that’s so sweet! And yeah, one way of hearing back from those you interact with is a great way to connect too :)
Sometimes we just forget to say “thank you” and it can change so many things :) Thank you for inspiration! :)
And thank you for sharing your story too, Ria! <3 I'm truly thankful!
Reading letters from readers who are inspired because of your blog posts sends happiness for sure. It uplifts the spirit and also gives more confidence to continue writing. This post is a great way of acknowledging them so more readers will feel encourages to send messages across.
You’re right Roch, and more than that, I love to also share their successes too — which I have somehow been a part of too. It’s also a way for me to know more about my readers. <3 Thank you!