Travel Journey of the Week

travel journeyIt turns out my idea of a weekly travel theme is not my idea alone.  I was inspired to start a blogging event after wordpress encouraged us to improve opportunities for the blogging community.  I browsed the events, and found nothing on travel, so I thought I’d start one.  Unfortunately, it was brought to my attention that it already exists.  Oops.

I’ve done some brainstorming, trying to think of something that would help me improve as a blogger as well as help our travel writing community grow.  I still want to stick with travel as the topic, but I need to offer a different opportunity with my blogging event.

Instead of offering a theme, I will provide a place.  Together, we will go on a journey by sharing posts and reading posts dedicated to that place.  I’m hoping it will be a great resource for anyone visiting that destination or wanting to take a journey in the comfort of their home.  Here is the plan:

1. Each Sunday, a place will be set as the theme (it could be a city, landmark, national park, etc.)

2. If you are familiar with the place, and would like to contribute, you will write a post and title it Travel Journey of the Week: (Place).

3. Your post can be any medium that works for you; videos, photos, descriptions, itineraries, personal memories, poems, ticket stubs, etc.

4. Finally, be sure to provide a link back here so everyone can connect and share their own take on the place.

The goal is to provide a resource for destinations to visit along with a chance to practice our skills.  I will probably take a guidebook approach to my posts so I can improve my technical writing while including pictures.

This weekly challenge will evolve over time, so if you have recommendations for how to make it better, please share!  This will only be successful if you contribute.  Today’s post will be out momentarily…

Weekly Travel Theme: The Moment

ReflectionsWelcome to the first weekly travel theme!  I thought I’d begin the challenge with what makes travel so extraordinary: the moment.  I bet you know what I’m talking about.  That fraction of time while traveling when your world is changed.  It may have been a person you met that has forever impacted you, or a piece of artwork that brought a new understanding.  What happens in this moment will vary from person to person, but it should be shared.

Remember, any kind of post that falls under this theme will work.  Maybe a photo sums up your experience, whereas a poem captures another individual’s life-changing event.  Design your post in any way that works best for you.  Here is what you should do:

1.) Create a post about the topic and title it, “Weekly Travel Theme: The Moment.”

2.) Be sure to tag your post with “weekly travel theme” to help people search for your post.

3.) Include a link to your blog right here to expand your audience.  You can also encourage others to join by sharing a link to this weekly theme in your own post.

4.) Browse other posts for your viewing enjoyment

I can’t wait to see what you share!  Stay tuned for a new theme next Sunday.

My Moment:

SolitudeOne of the reasons I am so infatuated with travel has to do with the number of times I feel “the moment.”  It consumes me far more often during travel than day to day life.  One of my moments happened two days into my trip across Europe.  I was out walking by myself early in the morning, and I had time to just think and reflect.  It finally sunk in that I signed up for this trip by myself 10 days before the departure, and this trip would transform my life.  I would never find satisfaction in staying at home all the time, or spending my free time being mindless.  I felt the meaning of living life to its fullest.

Back in Action

600 followersI’m not sure if you’ve noticed or not, but I’ve been on a little hiatus from my blog.  Work took over my life, but I feel like I got my balance back this weekend.  Now that I’ve realigned my priorities, I’m ready to devote more time to my blog.  I still may not get on here every day, but I’m going to try my best to bring you some read-worthy writing with view-worthy photos.  Thanks for sticking around!

I’ve had the goal to reach 1,000 fans for a while now, but I’m starting to get serious.  It is a hurdle that I know will lead me to bigger dreams.  Join me on this epic adventure (dramatic instrumental music plays in the background).

What milestones have you reached lately?  Please share below so we can check out your hard work.