What Travel & Blogging Taught Me

Happy 2nd Birthday to Spilling the Beans!!

Happy 2nd Birthday to Spilling the Beans!!

Two years ago, my love for food, travel and writing fueled me to start this blog. I’ve been sharing a big piece of my life, my heart and my soul, with you and with the world.

In this time, travel and blogging have taught me many valuable lessons.

The first would probably be to do what you love. That is the reason I embarked on this journey. That is what keeps me going. If what you love does not hurt or offend anybody, you must pursue it. Even if you are not a master of the craft, simply doing what you love will make you happy.

I am not the best writer or photographer in the world. Nor do I claim to be an expert on every dish in every country. I do not know everything about every country (no one does). But the point is, I love what I’m doing and that fulfills me.

It’s a learning process, and learning what you love is a joy in itself. Ah, learning.. we never stop, do we? And the more passion we feel towards something, the more motivated we will be.

As cliché as it may sound, it’s not too late to start doing what you love, to pursue what keeps lurking at the back of your mind. The best time is now.

It’s not selfish. Everyone deserves to fill their lives with moments of bliss. If you are happier, you will be a kinder and better person, and this more enhanced version of yourself is more likely to treat those around you even better.

Travel has lit the fire of learning in me and has inspired me. I want to know more about a place, the culture, the people, the history, the architecture, the lifestyle and the food. I am grateful, for nature and for incredible landscapes.

Being in complete awe of Iceland

Being in complete awe of Iceland

I’ve learned that travel is subjective. There is no right or wrong way. Each person has a different definition of enjoyment, their unique style, and their own way of appreciating or learning about a place. As long as you’re not offending anyone, disrespecting the culture or breaking any laws, there are no rules!

Do what feels right. It’s your path, your journey – you are in charge. Lists of things to see or do are merely there to help guide you, not dictate how you should travel.

The same goes with life – you will always hear about how you should be living it, but at the end of the day, trust your gut and do what’s right for you and what gives you peace.

If someone wishes to travel a certain way, who are we to judge? A person who likes to visit lesser known places is just as right as someone who wants to visit major tourist destinations. It’s all a matter of preference. Travel teaches us to be more open and accepting of differences, so critiquing the way another travels is just ironic.

However you travel, you are bound to learn something about the place and yourself in some way.

And this applies to blogging to an extent too. Your blog is your voice. Do what feels true to you. Write as you talk. Being yourself is the only way to be different, because there is only one YOU.

Travel has also made me more appreciative – of my life, of little things around me, and of my own home and country.

A sunset from where I live

A sunset from where I live

It has taught me to slow down to appreciate every sunset, to live in the moment and cherish every minute, and to savor every bite of food.

I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you. Thank you for visiting my site, my world, thank you for reading what I write, for each like, each retweet, each comment – they don’t go unnoticed. Thank you for the support and encouragement. To YOU, who’s reading this right now, thank you!



What are your thoughts on travel and blogging? I would love to hear from my readers. Tell me a bit about who you are and what your passions are! :)

Comments: 14

  1. Vicky Oct 8 at 12:48 pm Reply

    Great post! ‘the best time is now’ – so true! There will always be excuses or reasons to wait, but when you just go and pursue your dream, endless possibilities open up :)

    • Nita Oct 8 at 5:04 pm Reply

      Thanks, Vicky! Absolutely agree with you :)

  2. Tushar Oct 17 at 10:08 am Reply

    Travel is on-field learning and if sharing via writing it is enhance ones own knowledge.
    Travel solves ones own questions and one is able to know oneself a lot.
    Keep traveling, Keep writing and clicking photos as well. Cheers!!

    • Nita Oct 17 at 2:36 pm Reply

      Totally true.. Thank you for the kind words, Tushar!

  3. Katie Featherstone Oct 19 at 8:00 am Reply

    I love that you pointed out ‘it’s not selfish’- sometimes I really feel like I should be aiming for something a bit more productive, but what’s the point if you’re not enjoying your own life?! Thank-you.

    • Nita Oct 19 at 4:21 pm Reply

      Yeah, Katie! I feel that way too. But the point really is to be happy, content and at peace with what we do. Thank you for your thoughts :)

  4. Love this post Nita – I completely agree about the way that there is no right or wrong way to travel and about your ethos on blogging – I too believe firmly that it should be about sharing your own stories in your own words and bringing across who you really are – those are the only blogs I find interesting from a personal point of view and it’s one of the reasons I’ve loved reading all your posts since I found your blog :)

    • Nita Oct 23 at 7:48 pm Reply

      Thank you so very much, Shikha! I genuinely appreciate your support and your lovely words :) I love your blog and the way you write too!!

  5. Dale Oct 28 at 4:20 pm Reply

    “And this applies to blogging to an extent too. Your blog is your voice. Do what feels true to you. Write as you talk. Being yourself is the only way to be different, because there is only one YOU.”

    Really can’t applaud this enough. I truly wish that more people were approaching blogging on a while like this, as a chance to share stories with people you have common interests with.

    And you’re totally right about travel being totally dependent on the type of person you are and the things you enjoy. If more people travelled in a way that makes them happy (as you do), instead of following what everyone else is doing, I think they’d have a much better time.

    • Nita Oct 28 at 7:50 pm Reply

      Thank you so much for those kind and encouraging words :) Glad you agree and enjoyed the post!
      I know you guys also have a similar approach to blogging and that you are genuine. I’ve always felt that everyone relates to honesty and realness.
      Appreciate your thoughts and feedback :)

  6. Taylor Hearts Travel Oct 28 at 7:59 pm Reply

    Congratulations on two years of blogging! Great advice and reflections. Just like there’s no right or wrong way to travel, there’s no right or wrong way to blog. I definitely agree in doing what you love to do and being true to yourself. :)

    • Nita Oct 29 at 3:11 am Reply

      I’m happy to see that so many wonderful people like you get it :) Thanks, Taylor! Following your passion is the way to happiness, right?

  7. Vagablond Feb 2 at 4:01 am Reply

    Extremely Well Said Nita! I just started my blog in June2014, and I truly enjoy sharing my travel experiences. I’m active on Tripadvisor and I’m hoping to build my audience. I can’t travel full time, though maybe someday…….thank you for a great post- I’ll definitely be following you.

    • Nita Feb 2 at 4:18 am Reply

      Very pleased to hear that. Thank you so much :) Wish you all the best for your blogging journey and hope you squeeze in as much travel as possible in your life. Good luck and happy to have you on board :)

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