When I started The Blonde Banana two and a half years ago, I didn’t really have a plan or a solid concept. There are so many travel blogs out there, written by bloggers who travel full time, hopping from country to country on a never-ending journey. As a full time employee in New York, coming up with enough travel content to keep up seemed impossible, even with my job’s unlimited vacation policy.
It was over the past few months that I began to realize my niche: short trips that are affordable and accessible for the average travel lover. America is famous for having the worst vacation policies ever, and when I accepted a new job this June that only offered me two weeks vacation I almost thought it might be time to throw in the towel on travel blogging. But I prefer to be an optimist, so I decided to face this new chapter as a challenge to be conquered.
After all, I’m not the only person addicted to travel but allotted only 10 paid vacation days a year. There are plenty of people out there living to work instead of working to live. But guess what? It doesn’t have to be that way.
YES, you can travel – even internationally – on a frequent basis without selling all your belongings and becoming a nomad. Am I able to spend a month or two leisurely roaming around Europe? Sadly, no. But would I fly to Europe for a long weekend? You bet I would.
Sometimes people think I’m crazy for the short trips I take. I’ve gone to Cuenca, Ecuador and Buenos Aires, Argentina for the weekend. Earlier this month I traveled to San Antonio, Texas for a mere 30 hours. But the fact of the matter is that if I waited until I had enough vacation time to see all of these places, I’d never get to half of them. You only live once, and if you want to go somewhere you need to stop making excuses and just go.
So what is the point of this rant about weekend travel and vacation days in America? Well, I’m excited to unveil The Blonde Banana’s new logo and direction! From now on, the new focus is going to be the struggle to balance travel with a full time career. While there are many blogs that provide resources for people looking to quit their jobs and travel or move abroad, there aren’t many catering to the average person who (shocker!) might actually enjoy their life at home. Not everyone wants to kiss their friends and family goodbye and live out of a backpack.
You’ll notice at the bottom of my trip posts there is now a section called “Practical Stuff.” I’m spelling out for you how I managed to take every trip, from cost breakdowns to the flight schedule that worked around my office hours. I’ve already added this section to some of the recent trips I’ve taken, such as glamping in Pennsylvania and a weekend at the beach in Orange County.
I’m not going to lie – constant travel is expensive and exhausting. I want The Blonde Banana to be a resource for tips on staying sane, saving money and striking the perfect compromise between the job you love (or love to hate) and the life of travel you dream about.
So what’s next? I’ve got some fun weekend travels planned for November, and then over the holidays I’m taking full advantage of my office being closed and jetting off to Mexico. Mexico has been on my bucket list forever and I can’t wait to get there!
I’ll also be exploring ways you can “travel from home.” Micro travel experiences that help you achieve the adventurous feeling you get from going somewhere new, when you don’t have the time or money to actually hop on a plane. For me, finding ways to bide my time with mini-cations until the next trip is essential.
So Happy Monday everyon
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