How to get angry by reading your RSS feed (or the story of a frustrated travel blogger)

2010
12.30

Photo by Patrick NG

That’s right.

I hate reading my RSS feed. Not only because it’s always an overwhelming task due to the hundreds of sites I’m subscribed to, but also because it reminds me of how incredibly powerless I am when it comes to travel right now.

I’ve had the chance to travel for most of 2008 and 2009 and of course, I have been addicted since then. I even created this blog so I could vent my desire to travel and share my stories. So far it’s been great. I love the interactions with the travel blogosphere - I’ve had the chance to connect with amazing people. I even have a few other projects up my sleeve too.

But it’s not enough.

I am still thirsty for adventure and discovery. I desperately want to hop on the next transatlantic flight, tie my walking shoes and start exploring. You get the picture.

And there I am, sitting in my living room with my RSS feed open, reading the great on-location stories and thinking ‘God, I hate these people’. Hatred purely created by envy and jealousy, of course, but still, profound hatred.

I guess the same thing can apply to anyone not related to the travel industry. I know most of my friends sigh when they see other people’s travel photos everywhere on Facebook (don’t we all?). Isn’t the very fact of having all these adventures thrown in our faces without us asking a bit aggravating?

But on the other hand, if travelling is so important to me, shouldn’t I be making this my top priority, you say?

Of course, the answer is yes. I should be making this my top priority. But I have come to realize that I love living in Montreal too, and eating out, and buying CDs, even if it means less money in the travel bank.  Said bank being, by the way, slightly exasperated by the fact that every trip is a click & credit card number away. That, and the fact that I have a line of credit to pay back and a student fiancé to support. Oh, and did I mention I’m only 23?

Autumn in Eastern Townships, Quebec

So I decided to live my life and save for travel in a way I know works with my budget and my goals. My goal, for 2011, is to adjust the balance between the needs of my everyday life and my longing need to travel. I have processed the thought that I am not a professional travel blogger nor a nomad. I have also stopped thinking of travel as an airport-passport-and-jetlag kind of thing - you can travel in your own city and region. It doesn’t have to be in another time zone to be new and interesting (although I am somehow anxious about the moment when I’ll run out of Europe-related stuff, which is kind of my niche, you know - then I’ll really have to start thinking about getting a second job and return to the Old Continent).

I’m not sure the travel bug will cure itself soon, but I have it in control.

And it’s okay.

However, I still hate all other travel bloggers. A little bit.

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Do you also get frustrated to see all the adventures of travel bloggers? Or even your own friends showing off their travel photos on Facebook? Or really, am I just a big whiner?

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12 Responses to “How to get angry by reading your RSS feed (or the story of a frustrated travel blogger)”

  1. I love this. And I am abroad and blogging about it. Your thirst is admirable. Always keep it.

  2. Amanda says:

    I think we’ve all felt this frustration at times. I especially feel your pain, as I hardly had the chance to do any traveling abroad in 2010. But, as you say you’ve realized, travel doesn’t have to require a passport and expensive airline ticket. You can travel in your own city, state (or province) and country and still have great experiences. That’s what I’ve tried to do this past year.

    But, I won’t lie — I still get really jealous of others sometimes who ARE out there traveling right now. But I use that jealousy and frustration to motivate myself to save more and set travel goals for the future.

    If you want something badly enough, you’ll find a way to make it happen.

  3. Yep, I hate everyone right now ;) I’m stuck in Australia trying to convince my bf to want to travel with me…. I want to get back on the road!

  4. Michael KTT says:

    Well, Marie-Eve, i’m sorry to hear about your envy for people currently engaging in your passion! I’d share your sorrow (I really would, I know exactly what you mean!) if it weren’t for the fact that my trip starts in less than 3 weeks!

    So, add me to your RSS if you’d like just a pinch more salt in those wounds :)

    Regards!

  5. Completely relate to this. ‘m always kind of anxious about when and where I’ll be able to go next. I read a lot of blogs, too. Sometimes it feels that everyone is somewhere else except me! But you are so right about traveling in your own city/area - there’s so much that we overlook close to home. I’m in San Francisco area — lots I haven’t done yet. Happy travels wherever you go!

  6. Andrew says:

    I understand this totally. I feel it way more reading the people that have a job they can do anywhere or just quit their jobs. In other ways reading the RSS feeds helps bring balance. Often enough come stories of people that are doing things that I have no interest in. I love reading the stories, but they help remind me in some way that I am doing what I have chosen to do. Even though I’d like a less restrictive job.

  7. Alexis says:

    I empathize…I only started reading travel blogs because I’m planning another trip, but as soon as it’s over I’ll probably have to stray away from the RSS feed for awhile…

  8. Katie says:

    I can so relate to this! I love to travel and used to take at least one “big” international trip each year (big being 2 whole weeks). I started my blog at the end of the summer with the expectation that I’d be doing more traveling soon. However, circumstances have turned out that it will likely be at least June before I hit the road anywhere - so I read everyone else’s blogs with a ton of jealousy too!!

    You’re right though about discovering “travel” where you are - I’ve lived in Chicago almost 10 years and there is still so much I haven’t seen or done here.

  9. Lauren says:

    I felt this way before I left for England. However, I’ve also felt the complete opposite since I arrived-I got tired of being an expat! Unfortunately, it seems that we always sorta want the things we can’t have.

    And I can completely relate to your decision to wait to travel until you have the money. It’s not fun to vacation or travel knowing that you’re spending money you don’t really have. I think it’s a smart move to save, and then enjoy.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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