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The loud hotel room in Bangkok

andra in bangkok

You hear the music rumbling, it’s playing so loud from your hotel room that you can’t possibly fall asleep. Even though tomorrow is the day you are officially heading towards paradise, you feel as if you’d already reached it from inside a 15 square meter room. Who needs white sands when you have cool live music humming from downstairs?

The sound of that base, those hit tunes just keep on coming, one by one as the minutes roll by. They resemble the memories you’ve gathered up until this point and decided to let go of here. It’s not just a new city in a new part of South East Asia – this is also the moment you look right into the eyes of your past just to see how much you moved on. It’s time to let go of the things that kept you locked into a place so far behind and head into a new phase of self-development. Whether this one will be filled with trolleys or backpacks, that is yet to be decided, but there’s a reason why everything is being minimized to the max.

You are the reason. You are the person you’ve been looking for all these years. You are your better half, ready to wonder with you through the night in search of the next adventures and looking for answers to questions yet unspoken. Was it so hard to grasp this? Did you need to go through so many places just to find yourself lying here, in a bed looking towards the mirror, with the laptop in your hands and no more remorse on your face?

Maybe it was. Or maybe you could have done it years ago in one way or another, without taking any other people’s souls hostage until you got your ransom. Who knows? Who can change the past if things have already been written down in stone? Who even wants to do that if the things that had to occur already did?

This feeling of letting go is a blessing. It can’t be resembled to anything else that you’ve experienced over the years. Life seemed to be taking you by surprise when in the end, it was you who was taking everything by storm. Every little piece of information you gained helped you get here, in this moment, in this room, with this mindset. So for all you wanderers out there who can’t help but feel lost every once in a while – I truly think that this is where the beauty of life lies. This is what separates the good memories from the great ones. Instead of wondering why life gets so loud at times, just listen to the music. You’ll hear the lyrics and laugh, because they represent so many feelings that are waiting for you.

What do I need to do to become a better blogger?

what do I need to do to become a better bloggerAfter reading so many articles on how to earn your living as a travel blogger, I’ve tried to put things into a new perspective. Because frankly, for the moment, I don’t even know if I want to earn my living as a travel blogger, but I definitely know I want you to have the best experience when reading my blog. This is why I ask you, if you’re reading this right now, to leave me a short comment and tell me which of the things mentioned below you’d like to see more/less of.


1. Write more frequently and more diversified. I know that I probably blew you off several times telling you I’ll be writing about my travels (as they happen) more, but I just couldn’t find the discipline to take an hour off my regular schedule every day to write and post pictures while traveling. What I can promise you, is that I will start to write about previous travel experiences (as I remember them) starting mid July. Would you like to hear my personal travel stories or rather how I booked the trips, what websites I used, what hotels/airbnbs I stayed at, top 5-10 hot spots to check out etc.?


2. Focus on just one language and divide German from English or Romanian posts from the past through my blog design. This is something I’ve been meaning to do for a very long time now but haven’t managed to, because I have no idea how to implement it into the blog theme I currently use. Of course, the language that will be used is English, because if you’re reading this, you’re probably from a different part of the world than me (or are you? where are you from? tell me!).


3. Write an updated version of my About page and find out a way to make my Impressum page visible. I actually have an Impressum page written on WordPress under Pages, just haven’t found a way to have it visible and next to About due to the current blog design. I think having an About focused on what I love to do most (somehow a portfolio of my writing ventures) could actually help me find sponsors both for Wienblogger and for xPRiment.


4. Post better pictures. Ok, this is a big problem of mine. Although I own a Nikon D40 DSLR cam AND have made professional photography courses when I was 17, I haven’t used that camera in over a year (I use a Samsung Galaxy Camera with an amazing zoom function and my iPhone 5s instead). I’m never sure why the photos I post are blurry and…well, not that pretty compared to the ones you see on some gorgeous Austrian fashion blogs. And I always blame it on me – maybe there’s no talent at all or maybe there’s a need for better gear?


5. Last but definitely not least, embed some Social Media Plugins to push my Facebook Page (click! like! share! comment!) forward and start using Google Analytics again. If I would have focused more on getting this part covered a couple of years ago, maybe the amount of questions written above would have been smaller. Maybe it would have been easier to get sponsors for Wienblogger, maybe my life would have been different. But honestly, it’s never too late to start doing things right.


To go back to the travel bloggers I’ve been telling you about in the first sentence, here are some great resources you should check out:

How Sabina from Just One Way Ticket can afford to travel

Travel Bloggers share their secrets on The Wandering Orange

How to earn money when traveling via Pink Compass (German article)

How Mirela from coral and mauve plans her blog posts (German article)

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