So you want to become a travel blogger?

Last Thursday, I watched Varekai again. No, I wasn’t invited to watch again; I paid for my own ticket. The experience was so different in many ways than when I watched it last June. First, I was seated 3 rows from the back. When I watched it it the first time, I was on the 3rd row from the front. The complimentary pass got us access to the Tapis Rouge, the VIP area where you can munch on cocktails and sit on comfy couches while waiting for the show to start or resume after intermission. When I watched again, I had to stand with the rest of the audience waiting to enter the Grand Chapiteau. Since the dress rehearsal was also the media preview, we were allowed to take photos during the performance. Last Thursday, the only photo I was able to take was of the yellow and blue circus tent.

El Nido, Palawan
Blogging at El Nido

To be perfectly honest, I enjoyed Thursday’s show more. Sure, the perk were amazing when I watched the first time, but I was working throughout the entire show. I was busy taking pictures (and figuring out how to use Winston’s camera) that I wasn’t completely able to focus on the show. Last Thursday, sitting on Row P, seat 19, I was able to see the entire stage and watch the show in its entirety, not thinking how to shoot the photo or how I’m going to blog it.

I’ve had a pretty colorful life as a travel blogger. Thanks to my blog, I’ve traveled to a number of destinations in the Philippines and even to other countries. I’ve gotten clothes, bags, assorted travel gears and passes to amazing shows. Sometimes, I even get paid for it.

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Sounds like a great career choice eh? Like every story, the life of a travel blogger has two sides. Sure the perks are amazing, but these things do come at a price.

If you’re a travel blogger or thinking of starting one, join us on Saturday, July 30 at the Meralco Caseroom of the Asian Institute of Management for Blog and Soul‘s Travel Bloggers Forum. Hear the opinions of travel bloggers Ivan Henares, Ferdz Decena, James Betia and Edgar Alan Zeta-Yap and ask your questions about this blogging niche. This session is free and open to all interested participants. Can’t attend? You can send in your questions to the panel or watch the livestream (subject to wi-fi connection). See you on the 30th!

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 34 Comments
  1. ayan says:

    wow. gusto ko sumali =)

  2. Hope to catch the livestream of this event. Good luck Nina!

  3. Carlo says:

    Yahoo!!! we won’t miss this one! sayang ang last saturday had a prior commitment. must’ve been fun.

  4. Lois says:

    Good Job for organizing Nina. Really hope I can attend and meet everyone again.

  5. Hi Nina, what time is the event? Thanks

  6. Kisty says:

    I’d like to go but I’m not available. Is there a way to watch it without wifi? Like will you guys post the full video in Facebook or something?

  7. hmmmm…. very timely ang pagkakabasa ko dito nina…. im planning to write seriously na hehehe…. but its for what jason magbanua said during the bloggers congress in la salle hehehehe….. i’ll be waiting for the link ha =) I cant attend coz I have work on that day =(

  8. Aisha says:

    Waaaaaa!!! Is in 2 days??? So lame!! =(

  9. Hi nina, hope we can catch the live stream =) please do update us on 30th. cheers!

  10. Carol says:

    Hi Nina, I just read this notice now. Sayang I am super interested pa man din. Is there another schedule soon? Btw, I have been writing blogs occasionally and I hope I can improve and I wanted to connect with other travel bloggers. Is there a way I can be part of the Pinoy travel bloggers?

    Thank you.

    Carol

    • nina says:

      Hi Carol! I’m pretty sure this won’t be the last time we’ll have forums like this. But it is probably the last for this year, as the next 3 sessions will be about different topics.

      You can join the Pinoy Travel Bloggers group on Facebook if you have a travel blog 🙂

  11. Hi Nina, great blog you have – discovered it from Flip’s interview with you. I think it would be easy for readers to assume a travel blogger has a glamorous life of sand and sun; however, the reality is that it’s a LOT of hard work without great compensation financially.

  12. Meg says:

    Hi!

    I’m a travel blog noob. Hope you could visit my blog and spread the word to others. will really appreciate it. thanks!

    http://youngtraveller.tumblr.com/

  13. I attended the forum last Saturday and because I was inspired by all of you I decided to make my own travel blog. More Power to you and thank you for being so inspiring.

  14. AJ says:

    Hay, missed this one. I had a doctor’s appointment at the time. I wanted sana to meet Ferdz Decena. Sha ang nag-inspire sa kin to blog about my travels. Next time invite mo ang crush ko. Pupunta talaga ako – kahit anong mangyari! Hahaha

  15. gwenzy says:

    Hi Nina,

    I started reading travel blogs recently and now i cant stop of reading and viewing all of your articles and also with other pinay travel bloggers as well. now, im thinking why i havent found you guys before i started travelling. i almost been to 15 tourist spots around the Phil and also my 1st out of the country adventure and now im eager to go for more. 😀 so i really got inspired to start mine. 🙂 thanks to you all ! but i really dont know how to start. 🙁 unfortunately i missed this forum 😐 too late. i hope you could give me some advise how to start. :))

    xoxo
    gwenzy

    • nina says:

      Hi Gwenzy! You can start sa WordPress.com or Blogspot.com. Just write about your travels, share pictures if you have them. There’s no real secret to travel blogging… just write about the things you’re passionate about, and that passion will show in your writing. Good luck!

  16. Apple says:

    Hi! When will be the next travel blogger forum?

  17. Mark says:

    I have problems with reading so called blogs that are nothing more than paid advertisements for an airline/hotel/tour/product, delete as required. If I want that I will watch a travel show or buy a magazine. What I want from a blog is the PERSONAL opinion/experience/feelings of the writer, reading and viewing what they experienced not what the owners want them to write etc , after all I don’t know what pressure was put on the writer and to be honest if you wrote a critical review there’s no way they will invite you back and/or give you product. In effect you are compromised.Just my opinion.

    • nina says:

      You echo my sentiments, Mark. Then again, it would seem hypocritical of me to say that. I still feel that blogs are better for getting candid and honest reviews about places and products. I also feel that while bloggers are free to accept paid advertorials, it’s important that they disclose it to be fair to their readers.

      • Mark says:

        Sadly too many bloggers are chasing the payment , even more sadly it seems very prevelent amongst Filipino bloggers , especially seeing all these sponsored ” So you wanna be a travel blogger” lectures etc.

      • nina says:

        This particular “So you wanna be a travel blogger” forum was held for free. All of the Blog and Soul sessions are. Our only sponsor is the venue, which frankly, we can’t afford because we’re a non-profit group.

        You’re right, a lot of bloggers now are after the payment. It’s hard to say no to an opportunity to earn extra or get free accommodation if you’re into traveling. I’d like to think that there are some who still have a firm grip on their credibility.

  18. Mark says:

    That’s the keyword “credibility”.

  19. Dianne says:

    Sana may ganito ulit. I want to join. 😀

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