If You Travel Part-Time, Are You Actually Traveling?

A few weeks ago, I came across an article where the author spoke about how most travel blogs are written by people who are sitting at home — or in a 9 to 5 job — writing about travel, but not actually traveling.

After reading the post, I felt compelled to give my two cents about how I don’t see that as being the norm with most popular travel blogs. In fact, readers mentioned in response to our recent post (Do you have to quit your job to travel the world?) that it’s refreshing to see a travel blogger who is not a permanent nomad because it seems the common theme is for travel bloggers to inspire others to quit their job or take a career break.

I’m not saying that ALL the popular blogs are written by people who are constantly on the move. People like Camels and Chocolate, Budget Travel Adventures, The Jungle Princess, and No Vacation Required (just to name a few) are all travel blogs we follow regularly who are not permanent nomads and enjoy having a home base.

However, it seems a good percentage of the more well-known travel blogs are written by long-term travelers with no real home base — which would make sense. If you are traveling full-time, why not write a travel blog?

I got into a discussion with this blogger about whether or not part-time travelers are actually traveling. He says no, I say yes. I think they are actually traveling, just not as often as those without a place to call home.

Baja, Mexico

Baja, Mexico — On a Short Weekend Trip

I personally feel more connected to travel bloggers who have a home base — those people who find ways to balance travel with the other aspects of life. I feel like a part-time traveler’s tips resonate more with my lifestyle since they are usually geared towards making the most out of vacation time.

So I open up the discussion to you. Do you think people who take shorter trips and have a home base are not actually traveling?


Would you feel less inclined to follow a blogger just because they are not long-term travelers?

Christy Woodrow is a travel photographer and professional blogger based in San Diego. She has been traveling around the world with her partner in crime, Scott, since 2006. Join them in their quest to find off-the-beaten-path destinations by signing up for weekly emails and following her on .

  • Just an aside:

    I’ve just done a lot of short-burst intense travelling. For the nature of the trips I take, I pretty much don’t have the time or opportunity to blog at the time! I try, but it’s rarely anything more than daily ‘I did this’ entries. For the more ‘meaty’ blog posts, I find I generally only have time to write them when I get back home and can process them, fond decent images, etc.

    • I’m the same exact way. I need time to process the experience before I can edit photos and write about it anyway. Plus, I want to enjoy my travels instead of worrying about working while I’m away.