Nele/ February 8, 2019/ Travel Advice, Travelling as an Introvert/ 6 comments

This January, my blog turned three years old. I started it in early 2016, after many months of debating and doubting and wondering if I should do it. I was scared. Scared of not having anything to say, of no one reading it, of people reacting negatively. I remember the first time I pressed the publish button on a post. Such a simple act, but it took so much courage.

A lot has changed since then. I’m much less nervous today about publishing my writing. Okay, maybe still a little nervous. But overall, also a lot more confident.

Blue Mosque Istanbul Turkey Winter
A look back at my first ever post on spending New Year’s Eve in Istanbul!

Easing into the writing life, blog post by blog post

A look into my blog statistics recently revealed that my last post was the 100. I have published. 100 articles in 3 years. No idea if that’s a lot, probably not by many bloggers’ standards. But it’s something to be proud of nonetheless. Every single one of those posts made me just a little more confident, a little more at ease with this whole blogging business, a little more conscious of the message I want to share and how to do that.

With that, I think writing this blog helped me in a lot more ways than simply as a way to get my writing out there and share my travel stories. As an introvert, sharing my thoughts and insights with the world doesn’t always come easy for me. A lot of the things I write about here on Global Introvert I would never feel comfortable to discuss in person. Writing, to me, has always been so much easier than talking. It gives me the time and space to order my thoughts and decide what it actually is I want to say. If I had to put that into actual words, like out loud and on the spot, I would never be so eloquent.

Isla de la Sol Titicaca Bolivia
Cracking jokes with the locals in Bolivia
Iguazu Waterfalls Argentina
At Iguazu Falls

Taking it to the next level

For me, blogging has opened up many opportunities that shaped my life profoundly. If I compare my life today to what it was like three years ago when I started this blog, it seems like worlds apart. In 2016, I was working an office job that I hated. I made good money, had good work conditions and some great colleagues, but none of that could alter the fact that the work itself was just the dullest ever. I constantly wanted to slam my head against the wall just to give my brain some stimulation.

The only reprieve were the weekends and holidays. I lived from one trip to the next, secretly dreaming about leaving it all behind and simply travel the world full-time. Preferably, while making a living as a writer.

Fast forward to 2019. I’m no longer stuck in an office job, but working as a freelance writer, making a living by putting words on paper. Or onto the computer screen. Either way, it doesn’t get much more awesome than that. As a freelancer working remotely, I’m also free to travel whenever and for however long I want.

In short: I’m living the life I only ever dreamed of before.

Old railway South Bolivia
Atacama Chile Horse Riding

On being grateful

Of course, it doesn’t mean it’s all roses, all the time. Every life-style has it’s drawbacks and long-term travel is no exception. Still, on the whole, the advantages by far outweigh the disadvantages. It’s important to remember that.

Sometimes, it’s easy to get so busy with everyday-life that I forget to be grateful for what I have. But every now and again, the realization hits me, and I get almost overwhelmed with emotion. Once, while exploring the Chilean town of Antofagasta, I almost started crying in the middle of the street because I couldn’t believe this was now my life. The life I always longed for but never thought I could actually, really have.

Imagining to be a full-time traveller and a writer for me was like dreaming to be a famous actor or a superhero. It’s fun to fantasize about, but deep down, you kind of know it’s not going to happen. Only, this one did. And it all started because, three years ago, I finally faced my fears and pressed publish on a little blog post.

Writing this blog not only showed me that I could do it but also reconfirmed that this was what I wanted. Be a traveller and a writer, and get out of the office routine that I hated. My money today may not come from the blog directly, but I’m not sure I would have started freelancing without the confidence push that blogging had given me.

Navimag ferry Patagonia Chile
Sunrise at Tongaraki Moai Easter Island

Chase those dreams

Making your dreams come true is indeed possible, even if it may not sometimes seem so. Okay, I don’t know about the superhero thing. That might be a tough one. But other than that: just keep working toward it. One day, you’ll find yourself looking back and realising how far you’ve come. Just maybe don’t do it in public. People may get the wrong idea if you suddenly burst into tears in the middle of their town…

Muelle de las Almas Chiloe Island Chile

What dreams are you working toward? Or if you aren’t yet, what tiny step could you take right now to shirt your life in the right direction? Let me know in the comments (or by private mail) and I will do my best to cheer you on!

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About Nele

Travel-addicted introvert by nature, freelance writer and blogger by profession. I take every opportunity to see more of the world. This blog was created to inspire fellow introverts to live their travel dreams, and to view their quiet personality as an asset rather than an obstacle on the road.

6 Comments

  1. I always find it heartwarming to read about how people have achieved their dreams! Congratulations on your 100 posts, on keeping your blog going for 3 years, and for being able to combine work you enjoy with the international travel you love. I also achieved that dream, through a job I enjoyed – so I know that turning dreams into reality is possible.

    1. Thank you, Julia! So glad to hear you are able to live your dream as well, in the way that works best for you.

  2. Congratulations on three years of blogging, dear Nele, on making your dream come true! Happy for you and a bit envious, too. You dared and found you actually have something to say. Moreover, you have the words to say it. How encouraging!
    I want to say thank you for sharing your travel experiences with us, no wait, with me. Feels rather personal because with you I can travel to places I will never visit myself. I am grateful for that. And grateful that I can claim know you in flesh and blood.
    Keep on going, much luck and happiness! To the next thirty years!
    Henrik

    1. Thank you, Henrik! How kind of you!

  3. Liebe Nele, dein Beitrag hat mich total gekriegt. Was für ein super Gefühl, wenn man seinen Traum leben darf.
    Ganz so weit bin ich noch nicht. Ich suche erst noch nach dem Traum. Mit dem Blog habe ich nach guten 15 Monaten auf jeden Fall bestätigt bekommen, wie sehr ich es liebe, unterhaltsam zu schreiben und wie sehr ich es genieße, Wochen lang zu laufen. Wer weiß – vielleicht kristallisiert sich da ja auch noch was raus. Den Job habe ich nach meiner zweiten, langen Wanderung geschmissen und mir dann einen neuen gesucht. Sagen wir es so: ich möchte nun nicht mehr meinem Kopf auf die Tischplatte knallen und bin zufrieden. Traum ist etwas anderes.
    Aber von irgendwas muss man seine Träume ja auch finanzieren, bis man von ihnen leben kann.
    Also noch mal herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Jubiläum und diesem herzerwärmenden Artikel.

    1. Vielen Dank, Audrey! Für mich klingt das, als wärst du schon auf einem sehr guten Weg, was die Traumerfüllung betrifft. Auch wenn du noch nicht genau weißt, wo es mal hingeht. Wusste ich lange Zeit auch nicht. Und heißt es beim Wandern nicht immer, der Weg ist das Ziel? 😉

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