Everyone enjoys travel in some sort of way. One likes road trips, another likes camping in a range of 10 kilometers from their hometown, others like to travel permanently, and your uncle who never saw a hotel room in his life likes to drive around town on a sunny afternoon and calls that travelling too. And that’s okay. Everyone can travel in their own way and imaginations. The topic ‘ travel’ has lots of different aspects and creates lots of stories. There is always a birthday party or some meeting where you don’t know anyone and the question will pop up `so what do you do for a living? Or ‘Nice picture, where is that?’ ‘ I love your massive world map’ Or ‘do you have any holiday plans this summer?’ And there we go, yet another travel inspired conversation has begun. For me, and my husband and son, travel goes a bit further. It’s part of who we are, it’s in our soul, it’s in our blood. It’s almost like an addiction. Growing up in a small country town, I always wanted to explore and go outside, my parents took my brother and me everywhere, from weekends away to trips around Europe. I was the first kid in the class who went on an aeroplane, back in the days it was some sort of luxury when you were going on holiday with a plane instead of camping in a tent for 2 weeks.
From when I was a little girl, I started documenting my travel blogs on paper, I got a scrapbook and on every single trip, I wrote down literally every step we took. Things like; 08.00 am we woke up. 08.30 we had brekky. 09.00 we went to the beach and so on. It’s hilarious to read those stories now and even funnier is the fact that I collected everything that came across our path, from napkins to a mayonnaise sachet, flyers, leaves, shelfs, airplane meal covers ( yep, those silver foil ones) I still have all my books, from Spain to Turkey, and from Cyprus to the Canary Islands. So basically you could say I am a travel writer from the age of 11 🙂 When I was older and didn’t travel with my parents anymore, my curiosity about the world continued and after those youngster holidays with a friend to Malgrat de Mar in Spain and the Balearic Island of Mallorca it was time for the real deal, my first intercontinental trip to Mexico. I always loved travelling ( maybe I should call it going on holidays, because of real travelling, in my opinion, is to explore and discover and not sitting in a resort or apartment for 2 weeks) but I really think the travel bug hit when going on my first far away trip to Mexico. From then I travelled extensively all over the world for leisure and for my work in the travel industry.
When I quit my job in the travel industry to go on a trip to Australia in 2008 for a work and holiday year, I started my real online blog via a 2nd party Dutch website. This way, everyone could see what I was doing and exploring and I didn’t have to tell the same story like a hundred times. They also had my photo`s to go with the story, so my friends and family could see a little piece of the world I was in via my lens.
When I got lots of positive reactions and things like ‘you should write a book’ or your stories are so entertaining and hilarious’ I thought it was just funny, but when I actually saw my visitors growing every time I wrote a story, I started to look into starting my very own website and got inspired by some amazing travel bloggers. I started to brainstorm with my husband, came up with a name, spend days and hours learning everything about WordPress and building a website and in February 2016 we bought our domain woodyworldpacker.com and our first article was published in April 2016.
When we started we didn’t have a clue about building a website and I tell you its lots of work, headaches, technical stuff, but at the end of the day when you see your site becoming more and more what you had in mind, and building your business and seeing your audience grow and get inspired by your stories, you know where you do it for and that makes you damn proud. It’s like owning a house, there is always something to adjust or to change and you will face challenges along the way, but keep in mind that you don’t have to an IT specialist or web designer to build a successful online business or blog. As long as you are determined, do what you love and love what you do, it’s one interesting ride to the best job in the world.
This article is written by JO from Woody World Packer and is published with her consent.