When I decided to start a travel blog, I read a lot of articles and recommendations. All of them encouraged to focus on a niche but, of course, at the beginning nobody knows what they want to focus on. I was an architect by that time and wanted to change my carrier because I didn’t fell fulfilled at all. However, I felt unsure about the new travel writing career and didn’t know if it would work. Who knows that after all?! Then, when I complained that I wasn’t sure if it was a good thing what I was doing (changing my career), someone asked me. ‘When and where do you feel authentic?’ ‘When I travel and explore small hill towns with narrow cobblestone streets’ was my quick answer. That moment I knew that I was not going to give up too soon. When you have a gift in you, you cannot give up, because it will still be there for the rest of your life. You can ignore it, but you cannot make it go away. It will stay there forever, it depends on you how you emphasize and polish it.
I had no idea how to start a travel blog and for a long time, I have written random posts. But it was not what I wanted. It wasn’t representative for me. There are tons of travel blog out there, which focus on engaging SEO-friendly titles. The X Things to Do in Y Country. I didn’t want to write that on my blog just to catch a free accommodation or a free meal. I consider that traveling means more than that. It took me a long time to figure out how I want to organize my articles, what I want to write about. Step by step I started to write travel diares, which meant that I would never have a larger audience. Then I started to write for various magazines and built my portfolio. When I had enough material to showcase, I realized that my website is going to be my visit card as a travel writer. It would have a travel blog as a proof of my travels but the main menu would be a showcase of who I am as a person, what I have written, what I can offer.
Bringing this website where it is now has been a long process (three years more exactly). Even if I have a small range of travel articles, I have decided to keep them online because I have worked a lot on them. This process of creating this website as it is can be compared to a travel. What it’s important in the end is where I am now and that I feel more fulfilled and more authentic. This is why it is called Authentic Travels. Because when I travel, I only do it in my way. And because to get to the present form of this website, I have engaged in a long transofrmative process, which has brought me where I am.