Would you rather have realism over fantasy? The truth over lies?
I would, even if it hurts.
While we can relate to this statement in many aspects of our lives, I am referencing it to traveling in this post. I recently had a reader of one of my travel blog posts tell me that I come off “too negative” at times and that I should “try and be more sanguine” about the places that I’ve visited. I had to apologize when I told them that I was strongly disagreeing with their statement.
If you’re reading a post of mine and it seems like negativity, I am just trying to practice pure honesty. When I have a travel destination in mind and plan on taking a trip there, I am adamantly searching Pinterest and Google suggestions for articles that can tell me about it. 9 times out of 10 all that I get is a fairy-tale version, overly-edited pictures, and suggestions for places that are excessively touristy. Then, when I do visit, I am gravely disappointed by the lack of Utopia that I had idealized beforehand.
Before we visited Porto, Portugal, I found this picture on Pinterest that immediately drew me in to want to visit.
We were standing on the banks of the Douro River, contemplating whether or not we were even looking at the right scenery. After seeing the castle walls above and the surrounding buildings, we came to the conclusion that this was indeed the place in the picture but it wasn’t what we had imagined whatsoever. Still absolutely beautiful yet just a pitiful illusion.
This a big factor into why I wanted to start a blog; not only to share my experiences and stories to help others have an enjoyable time, but to bring truth and honesty to the places I’ve been. I did want a type of covert refuge for myself where I could go and tell my travel stories, even if no souls read it. Writing a blog will enable my memories to remain stark when I can look back on these stories in the future.
I am also doing this so people can see the true, raw version of the places they are looking to possibly travel to. I want everyone to be aware of the truths behind these locations and receive honest reviews of restaurants, beaches, lodging, and sites to see. I know that I personally would much rather read something that tells me about how it’s not a good place to go than something that fantasizes the entire location.
An example of this misconception is Greece, where the only two islands you ever hear about are Santorini and Mykonos. I bet half of the world doesn’t even know that there are 227 inhabited islands that Greece consists of because these two are the main attractions when you are researching a trip to Greece. We are heading to the islands in a couple of weeks and are foregoing these tourist spots for smaller, quieter, yet similarly-landscaped islands. This would be something I would want to know before I booked a trip.
Keep in mind that not everything you read and view online is what it’s cracked up to be.
We all need a bit of honesty in this world and my goals are to bring these revelations to light.