It’s been a while since Aracely or I have actually written a post. We have released photo essays and more videos, finally, but the writing thing never suited us well. This is quite the contradiction for us considering we call ourselves travel bloggers.
A Video Travel Blog
The original inspiration for our blog developed when we began researching for our trip back in early 2009. We were wowed by the travel videos from Two Guys Around the World, a site whose updates has since ended along with their trip some time ago. To have memories of our trip in video would not only be awesome for us, family and friends back home, but it would also set us apart from other travel bloggers. Once on the road we quickly realized that we wouldn’t be able to deliver videos in the format and style we wanted in reasonable time.
It was a disappointment, but we were too excited about the rest of the trip to get down about it. We turned our focus to writing and photography, while still video taping, determined to produce travel videos when we returned home. Notes were taken from each city we visited and every tour we participated in. The notes soon became illegible and eventually an afterthought. This was a long term break from work like responsibilities, and taking notes for travel posts just seemed like work again.
Isn’t Blogging and Writing Synonymous?
We visited so many places in Central and South America that we never told you about. Yes, maybe you saw a picture or a Facebook comment, but we didn’t describe our foreign meals to you like Ayngelina or share weekly videos about what’s going on like Brock. I am not saying we sucked, I am just saying writing wasn’t our thing. And in the end it was okay, because we found success through travel photography.
The Lost Travels
Looking back now, I wished we had written more posts, not just for our followers, and google searches, but for ourselves. You won’t find a post on Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Nazca, Cuenca, Canoa, Baños and most significantly Torres del Paine in Patagonia. Oh there is much more I am not listing, but I stop because it frustrates me. Yes, I wish we wrote about these places, but honestly, if I went back in time, I probably would have done the same thing. Writing just seemed like a lot work for us, something we didn’t enjoy tremendously and therefor avoided doing regularly. Our on-line journal kept everyone updated on a regular basis and is still our source for remembering where we were at what time and how we felt. That’s priceless to us.
The places we didn’t write about aren’t lost, they will eventually make it to you in the form of video, something we love doing. So, why do I bring up our history of writing hesitation? I am going to try something a little different moving forward, while maintaining our core responsibilities of producing excellent travel videos.
Our blog has provided travel porn through photography and video, but we have stayed personally distant, only due to our discontent with writing. It’s not that we have a fear of opening up, as proven in our videos, it’s just that most visitors to our site enjoy photo essays as identified in our web traffic analytics. But, things have changed for us. We are no longer on the road full time and we have drastically different responsibilities. If we are to continue blogging beyond sharing travel videos, we need to talk about life after 1 year of backpacking.
Coming Soon, Philly the Amazing Kitten
I could dedicate 100% of this blog to our newly found kitten, Philly. I would finally make enough money to do what I want again, but I won’t sell out, at least not yet. Travel videos will remain our priority, aiming to release one every 2.5 weeks. That’s usually how long it takes from beginning to end. During the time in between video releases I will share with you what our life is like now, after taking a year off to travel. That life is about adjusting to permanent living in Miami, Florida, failed attempts at making pan de yuca (yuca bread), and to trying to decide how to vacation in the United States with limited vacation days and a tight travel bloggers budget.