Have you ever written a blog about the place where you live? What motivated you to do so?
One of the suggested techniques for handling wonderlust is "treat your home like a destination". Along those lines, have you ever written a blog about where you live? Here is an example of one: SAX IN THE CITY
. What makes writing this type of blog interesting and worthwhile?
As my blogger name is Home and Away, each new home I moved to I wrote a blog about it...usually the first blog of every "trip." In that blog I would describe how we ended up there, and all the travel opportunities that were available in the immediate area. I then recounted in subsequent blogs the longer duration and longer distance travels we took from that new home base. Most bloggers live in places where other bloggers would like to visit someday, so I encourage bloggers to write about their hometowns and local sights...they are the experts!
In response to: Msg #171726
I wrote a couple of blogs about Auckland during the Rugby World Cup - at that time Auckland had been home to me for 11 years. It hadn't really occurred to me to blog at home, but I was inspired after a conversation with the Binkleys. With the Rugby World Cup being played in New Zealand, it seemed like a great opportunity to blog about home.
The world's here to play!
Winning feels GOOD!
I wrote something about Manila Manila: Before Sunset
two years ago. Manila isn't my hometown per se (I live in a city about 90 minutes north) but I went to school there and spent more time exploring it than my actual home city. As for the reason why I wrote it, I guess I just needed some sort of an outlet because I was really down and melancholic at that time. I used Richard Linklater's movies "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset" as the inspiration for the title. Looking back at it now... meh.
I love it when bloggers write blogs about their hometowns or where ever they are currently living because they are the experts on the area. Thanks for mentioning Sax in the City.
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I wrote So where the hell is Budgewoi?
as so many people asked me that question when I told them where I live.
It is the 2nd most read of all my blogs.
I like to read about places people live - you can learn more about the real place, not just from a travellers perspective.
I started my blog as a travel blog in Hong Kong, as it was a temporary move. Now it has become my permanent home so I find different ways to write about Hong Kong, or try to find more unusual things to write about and photograph. It adds a good dimension to my blogging - being able to explore further!
I attended an exorcism in Brisbane once. I didn't use any photos (appropriately), just described the experience: The Demon Within
I love Melbourne and will always espouse the wonders of this city. However, I really don't want too many tourists down my way - our bay beach is one of the best in the world. Clean, unpopulated and a wonderful secret in summer!!!
My earliest blogs were mostly about Texas as that was where I lived at that time. Then I traveled around almost all of the US and some of Europe.
I am at the establishing a "Home Base" stage of my travels and stay there a couple to 3 months while exploring everything within a days drive "or overnight", or weeklong loops.
My last home base was Denver, Colorado and I am doing homework on my next one in Western Colorado for the second half of September until I decide to come back home for a few weeks to Texas.
I want to see some snow. : )
Probably later this winter I will "home base" in Mexico.
Almost five years ago, I was to embark upon my current journey through the Americas. I'd just learned of Travelblog and had decided to record my adventures here. Wanting to start at the beginning, I wrote a blog on what had propelled me to leave my paradise and to travel--the wildfire in my Mission Canyon in Santa Barbara and the cut-backs in California's university system-and the fabulous place I thought I'd be returning to in 2-3 years. I guess it may take this slow traveler a bit longer to return: So Hard to Leave; So Great to Arrive!
We have given a lot of thought to writing blogs about where we live, however a blog is yet to be written! Personally, I find that it's so much easier to write about our overseas travels as there is a narrow focus, not to mention the luxury of time when we are on holiday... 😊
I think it would be great if everyone on travel blog would write a blog about their home town. They are the experts and it would provide all of us travelers up to date and fantastic view of each location.
Dave and I have lived in many towns across the U.S. When we spend a few months we generally write a couple or a few blogs. The first one is generally all the normal things you might see if you had a few days in any city or town. After that we generally are able to dig a bit deeper and find things off the beaten path. Whether it is the mainstream or a bit more creative we love taking you along on our explorations.
I write about trips in Europe and also trips just down the road from us. They are all travel in my mind. Whether I travel a thousand miles or just go five miles from my home it doesnt matter. There are a lot of interesting things a few miles from home.
I have just written a blog about "microadventuring" while at home: Microadventuring in our own backyard
When I started travelling and living abroad I came to realise how beautiful the part of the world where I come from is. Because I was there every day for years I didn't really appreciated what I had until I didn't have it any more.
Now I'm back in Spain (not for long I think) and I have been writing about it because, what seems normal for me, may seem very exotic for someone else 😊
I wrote a few blogs about Munich and the surrounding region as I moved to that city last year. So I sometimes still feel like a tourist.
I was also living in Berlin for a few years and there they say that from time to time the locals have to get accustomed again to their city as it is changing itself rapidly.
The very first thing I was told when learning to write, either creative or journalistically (if that is word), was: write about what you know... and there is nowhere better than your surrounding area to start writing about. Starting with subjects you know well, and care about, allows you to write freely and develop your own style - it is almost like a test run. Perfect doesn't happen without practice.
For me, when I blog about Tanzania I always start, in my mind, with Pachikonjo Beach Resort (<snip>, take a look) because it is a place I know well, have been to many times and, for me, epitimises what I love about the country.
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