Guest Post: A Q&A with Postcards to Seattle

image1Dear Reader,

I’m very excited to have Postcards to Seattle join me today. For those who aren’t familiar with her website, Postcards to Seattle documents one blogger’s explorations to various parts of the world and what she finds along the way.

Read below to learn about her website, why traveling is so important to her, the biggest challenge she’s faced so far, and more!

How would you describe your blog for those who haven’t visited it yet?

It will be capturing stories, pictures, and some history about all the upcoming travels I have planned. I love exploring new places and learning history along the way.

There are many great reasons to start a blog. What were your reasons for starting Postcards to Seattle?

I have been hit with the travel bug and will be going to many different places soon, so I wanted to have somewhere I could document my travels for myself as well as for family and friends. I love reading other travel blogs and networking with them to get ideas for each trip I do. For some trips to new cities, I will do the typical sightseeing (such as the Eiffel Tour in Paris), but I like to also find things “off the beaten path.”

You visit many places, but reside in Seattle. What qualities do you love about that city?
Seattle is great for many reasons. The weather is typically mild (I promise it doesn’t rain as much as everyone thinks), and the summer cannot be beat here. There’s so many lakes, mountains, and the ocean nearby to do a quick day trip to somewhere scenic. If you go east of the mountains only two hours away, you can experience a hot, dry climate. Seattle is also close to Canada, which can be a fun weekend trip.

Why is traveling an important part of your life?

I feel there’s so much to learn from other people and other cultures that you can only experience through traveling. It really opens up your eyes to the way other people live. I have found that my friends who have traveled to different countries are typically more open and accepting to ideas.

Whenever I travel (which is not much), I always find that having great music with me can really help enhance the experience. What is your ideal music playlist when you’re going somewhere?

I need two different playlists for different parts of the trip. I like having a mix of fast music, such as rock, to get you excited for the beginning of your trip, and then a mix of slow to relax you on the journey back, such as Lana Del Rey.

Traveling, while rewarding, isn’t always easy. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?

I’ve been lucky to not have too many challenges other than missing a flight. When in another country, it can be difficult to get around if you don’t know bits and pieces of the native language. I’ve found it helps to learn the basic phrases for each country you’re in, and to be patient with the person you’re asking for directions or help from, especially if they only speak a little English. They are just doing their job and probably also a little frustrated they can’t understand you. Kindness goes a long way.

Finally, what advice do you have for those who are considering starting a blog of their own? 

It helps to have a niche. For example, mine is about travel, but I try to supply facts about where I’ve been when it applies as well. You can take a million pictures, but if your reader doesn’t know what they’re looking at, they won’t get as excited as you. I personally love reading travel blogs where I learn new facts about a known country or monument. On that note, follow other travel blogs to see what styles you do or don’t like. I’ve gotten some great ideas from other blogs, but always make sure to make them personal so I don’t copy anyone else. Networking exposes you to many other interesting ideas for your blog.

 

To learn more about her website, please click here.

You can also check out her gorgeous pictures by going to her Instagram account here.

Thanks again to Postcards to Seattle! I look forward to reading your future posts.

Sincerely,

Charlie

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