5 Ways Travel Bloggers Contribute To A Positive World

Monday, February 6, 2017

Beautiful cafe in Dali, Yunnan Province, China
One of my favorite small businesses - a cafe where East meets West -- in Dali, Yunnan, China


Last week my Bloglovin' feed featured a blog post that moaned over how pointless and frivolous travel blogs feel with a world full of bad around them. Rather than offering their readers a way to take action (like this awesome post from Amanda or this post from Cassie -- there were many others, too!) or even simply providing an escape for readers (like these guys) feeling down about what's on the news, they just moaned. And you know what, that pisses me off!

I don't think travel blogs are frivolous at all; in fact, I think travel blogs have the possibility to contribute to making the world a better place.

  1. Travel bloggers act as ambassadors for their country, providing clear information about their nation and break down stereotypes
  2. Travel bloggers can share cultures with the world, acting to diminish fear and misunderstanding.
  3. Travel bloggers can promote conservation through showing habitat destruction, companies that treat animals poorly, or share lifestyle tips for slow travel.
  4. Travel bloggers can boost the local economy by shopping local and supporting local artisans. The travel industry ultimately provides millions of jobs to people around the world. 
  5. Travel bloggers provide an escape from daily lives for readers.

Even though these actions may seem insubstantial, if we as travels can guide even one person to beat a misconception; to understand the world; to accept other cultures and religions, we've done our job. And if that person can pay it forward, then imagine just how many people our actions can affect.

So here I am, a frivolous travel blogger doing something to leave the world a more positive place.

6 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this!!! So true about being an Ambassador for your country. I don't talk about this much on my blog but my undergrad and graduate degrees are in political science and I spent many years interning in the House of Representatives, House of Lords, and U.S. Embassies...so for me, one of my favorite things to do is break down stereotypes about the USA for Germans and more importantly, explain why something occurs from a political aspect (ex. "Why do you have the electoral college?" and "Why did you just get universal health care?...and explain fundamental concepts not common in Germany such as federalism). I've had some amazing talks to with all ages, genders, social classes, etc.

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    1. Thanks for leaving such a great comment, Jordan! I didn't realize that you interned/worked in so many different political entities. I'm happy to meet someone else interested in breaking down stereotypes, but I honestly find some aspects of US politics difficult to explain, I bet having degrees in politics would surely help. I think it is a great way to connect with different people, no matter what types of stereotypes you are breaking down.

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  2. Completely agree Liz. I like seeing the positive in every experience.

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    1. Thanks, Roshan!! I really appreciate you sharing your thoughts!

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