5th time lucky, giving blogging another go

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Starting a new blog…

This is the first new post on my travel website so, as much as I hate cringey introductions, it doesn’t make sense to start a website without any sense of who I am and what I’m doing so I thought it might be best to break it down into a timeline, especially as it’s the start of a new blog. A first blog post is always difficult, especially as I have been blogging on and off for many years. As it came to the end of my degree I realised I needed to carry on writing and found myself obsessed with the idea of travel.

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In January 2017, I was looking forward to finishing my third year of my fashion journalism degree and was getting ready to hand in my dissertation and start preparing myself for job applications upon graduation. Fast forward six months to June 2017, it was two days after my final hand in at university and I was on a plane to Greece for my first summer holiday in three years with my best friend. We were going to be sailing around the Greek Islands for a week with a company called Medsailors. We had the best week travelling around, living on a boat and meeting people from all over the world. It was after we had possibly had too much to drink one night, that me and my bestie decided that our lives were going exactly as planned but maybe we didn’t want them to. We came back with some amazing memories of Greece and some really fun new friends but also a feeling that something needed to change.

Skip through a summer of me going away whenever I could, weekend trips with my sister, a family holiday and a few different applications to spend the next summer abroad and that will bring you to October which is where I handed in my notice at my job as a manager in the customer service industry, and also gave notice on my lovely modern apartment in my uni town where I had been living since graduation. I had decided to move home to save money and see what I could do with those extra savings whether or not that be to use the money to go travelling or to be able to work abroad, I wasn’t sure, I just knew I needed to try something new. It wasn’t that I hated my job, or hated where I lived, but it wasn’t enough for me to be sitting in one place when I could be doing literally anything else in the world that meant I could explore.

Have you read my post about 11 ways to live abroad long term?

The idea of me starting a travel blog, may seem a little odd, I studied fashion journalism for the last three years and before that, I ran different fashion blogs under different names that meant I had some pretty great opportunities. Fashion still holds a place in my heart and I love writing, but I think especially in blogging, that you need to write about what you are passionate about, what you can’t stop thinking about because there are so many bloggers doing similar things. Enough with the life story, if you’ve even made it this far! I hope you stick around and follow as this is only the first post so maybe it’ll get better? As a creative I love visual sites like Instagram and Pinterest so have a look at those. Hope you enjoy seeing where I’ve been on my travels and also where I’ll be heading to next.

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12 responses to “5th time lucky, giving blogging another go”

  1. I so so agree, you need to write what you’re passionate about and what makes your soul sing, because it really shines through when you’re writing about things that you love! That doesn’t mean you can’t throw a little holiday/travel fashion in as you go!

    Claudia xo

    • gabriellat says:

      Ah so happy you agree! This is true, I’ll probably be posting the odd style post every now and then while I’m away! x

  2. Hanney says:

    I look forward to more of your posts! Write about what makes you happy! xo

    Hanney | http://www.blogabouthanney.com

  3. What a good start on your blog, it’s set up so beautifully! I’m excited to see the wonderful places you take us all!

    • gabriellat says:

      Thank you so much! I spent so long tweaking this design and I’ll probably still be tweaking next year but I’m excited too!

  4. Chloe says:

    Gabriella your blog photography is absolutely gorgeous! I hope you don’t mind me asking what you use? I think the key to blogging is to not put so much pressure on yourself, I’m so excited to read more from you x
    Clo x


    • gabriellat says:

      Hi Clo, Thanks so much, I’m still a beginner really but trying my best to improve my own photography skills, I have a canon 600d but am trading it in soon for the canon 7d. I agree with what you said about the pressure 100%, thanks for you comment really nice of you to say! x

  5. Siobhan says:

    Looking forward to seeing what you post! I’ve always wanted to go Greek island-hopping so would love to hear more about your experience with travelling there.

    Siobhán xx

  6. Issy says:

    Welcome back – it’s always worth giving it another shot, I can’t wait to see some of your travel posts! Whilst your degree may be in fashion you’re so right about blogging about what you’re most passionate about and travel is something I’ve just found a real love for and it’s wonderful to write about it too. Love the photos you’ve shared so far as well, looking forward to more!

    Issy | MissIsGoode

    • gabriellat says:

      Hi Issy, thanks so much! Really lovely comment to read on my first post, feeling really positive about it all and finding so many amazing blogs to follow back 🙂

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Hey, I'm Gabriella

I post once a week covering topics such as solo travel, working and living abroad and also creating Gabriella’s Guides to places I have been. I cover topics under the following categories such as Planning and Packing, The Travel Diary, Travel Inspiration, Photo Diaries, Gabriella’s Guides and Working Abroad.

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