Aspiring Travel Writer of the Week: Brianna Rice
Blog Name & Start Date: Aspiring Travel Writer of the Week: Brianna Rice started Archives of Adventure November 2015
Bio: Brianna is a world traveler, pastry lover, owner of the up-and-coming travel blog, Archives of Adventure. Through her writing, Brianna strives to inspire others to love the world and to understand that “what is different is not necessarily bad or wrong.”
I consider myself a travel blogger. With the tone and writing style I like to use, a blog is the best platform for my stories. I am a part-time blogger, but would like to become full-time within the next year. Right now, I am an independent traveler. I would like to take media trips at some point, but I do also enjoy the process of planning my own travel itinerary.
My Day Job: I’m a Receptionist/Sales Assistant for a family-owned travel agency.
How long have you been a blogger/writer/photographer? I’ve been writing since I was in pre-school, but only publishing my travel stories on my blog for about 6 months now
Where do you call home? Michigan, USA
Countries visited: 10 and still going!
Continents visited: 4
Top 5 destinations on your travel to do list: This is always such a difficult question, because my list is continually growing. My goal is to visit all seven continents in the world, so my top five destinations would help reach that goal.
Earliest travel memory: Probably road trips to Grandma’s
Favorite Travel Blogger: I read a lot of travel blogs. I don’t have an ultimate favorite, but here are my top 5:
Kristin Addis, of Be My Travel Muse.
Amanda Williams, of A Dangerous Business
Jodi Ettenberg, of Legal Nomads
Lauren Juliff, of Never Ending Footsteps
Kate McCulley, of Adventurous Kate
Favorite Travel Blog/s or Website/s:
Jodi Ettenberg, of Legal Nomads
The trip that turned you from a vacationer to a traveler: Traveling solo to Nepal was the first time I felt like a real traveler. I was on my own, in a very foreign place and it was all up to me to figure it all out. What a rush. Since Nepal, I’ve been craving to get back out in the world on my own.
The trip that turned you into a travel writer/blogger/photographer: It wasn’t really any particular trip that turned me into a travel writer. I’ve been a writer since I was in pre-school. I used to write short children’s stories and basically anything my imagination could brew up. When I was in college, I began reading more travel writing and realizing that I could pair my passion for travel with my joy of writing and make a career of it! Now, here I am working towards that goal.
My first steps to become a travel writer/blogger/photographer: In college, I thought that travel writing might be a good post-retirement career. I didn’t think I could really do it until I was more established in the travel and tourism industry. But as I read more and more successful travel blogs, written by people my own age, I began to realize that I didn’t have to wait to become a travel writer. So I vocalized the idea of starting my own travel blog and began brainstorming some topics to write about. After lots of support by friends and family, Archives of Adventure was born.
The social media platform driving the most traffic to my site is: Facebook and my advice is to be social. Share not only my own writing, but other relevant pieces.
My favorite tool/app for social media: My favorite social media app is slowly becoming Instagram. I enjoy getting to share a quick view of my day with my readers, and see theirs as well. It’s a nice way to get some travel inspiration without having to read lengthy posts.
My favorite WordPress plugin: My Post Grid! I wanted to be able to display my recent posts on my home-page, and with my very limited coding knowledge I kept getting discouraged that it wouldn’t happen. That is, until I found Post Grid. Made all my dreams come true. Sorta.
If only I had the time, I’d do/finish…… : If I only had time, I would write more often. Currently I post 2-3 times a week. Since I’m only a part time blogger, it’s hard to continually crank out quality writing in a timely manner.
If I knew then what I know now! My top tip for aspiring travel writers and bloggers! Just go for it. Even when it feels like nobody is reading or commenting or liking and you don’t know why you even bother keeping it up, just go for it. You’ll never improve unless you stick with it.
Best travel tip for travelers: Stop making excuses and just travel.
Connect with Brianna!
Brianna’s article How to Spend a Perfect Day in Kathmandu was just featured on 52PerfectDays. Please check it out here: http://52perfectdays.com/articles/perfect-day-in-kathmandu/
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As a blogger, this is exactly the same advice I give to new bloggers when I’m asked for a tip. Be consistent and blog even when you think no one’s listening. Eventually, everyone will sit up and take notice.
-Jade (Goa, India)