An Observation on the Travel Blogosphere

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Seeing as how Two Yuppies and a Passport is a brand-new blog, Lyndsi and I are still discovering our surroundings. One thing I’ve noticed is how most travel blogs out there are predominantly non-U.S.-focused. Is this a bad thing necessarily? Of course not. We have aspirations of traveling the world and sharing our experiences here.

But from reading and talking with a number of popular travel blogs, I’ve noticed almost a biased against more “local” travel bloggers. Is it so bad that as a young couple we’d rather start out exploring our surroundings on a smaller scale at first? My argument is that there’s so many cool places to explore just in your backyard that can be done over a weekend. I’ve been living in the Carolinas for six years and there are still many places I want to visit (the Outer Banks tops that list, by the way).

So why do I get the impression from bigger blogs that we’re somehow looked down upon because we’re not backpacking through Nicaragua? For example, we were invited to guest post on another blog. They asked us to pick of the selected locations on their map where they’re looking for content and submit a post. Much to my chagrin, North America was the only continent in the world that was excluded. That is what compelled me to share this rant.

Nothing against backpackers, it’s just that we have day jobs, family, and things preventing us from just setting off indefinitely. I guess what I’m trying to say is Two Yuppies and a Passport is going to embrace weekend getaways, and taking advantage of cool places in your own backyard before more exotic locales.

I haven’t found any travel blogs for the Carolinas yet, so maybe that can be our niche … to start. As a young, fun (we hope) couple, we want to discover and share unique, exciting, and realistic places that people can visit. Is that so bad?

~ Marc

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9 responses »

  1. Great observation–right to the point! I’m originally from Russia, and I’ve had the opportunity to travel across Europe, Asia, and a little bit of Africa and South America. But now I live and work in Boston, and am also in a committed relationship here. So my motto for the next year is to explore the States because first, it’s cheaper than flying across Atlantic, and second, there’s so much to see! Right now I’m working on the post about cool beaches/resort towns around New England. So yep, it’s a great idea to become niche bloggers and explore the Carolinas! Send me a note if you wanna write a guest post for my blog =) Happy travels!

  2. You are right on the money. Scott and I named our blog “Ordinary Traveler” because we wanted to show people that you don’t have to quit your job and travel to a foreign land (although I do love traveling overseas) in order to really travel. We wanted to show people that you can make your travel dreams possible even with a full time job. Scott works full time and I work close to full time. Don’t let it get you down. You are traveling the way that is right for you and that is all that matters. I look forward to hearing more about the Carolinas. It’s a place that I have yet to explore.

  3. Oooooh the Carolinas! That’s where I live. I was seriously about to start a series called “Romantic Getaways in the South.” I agree that there are not enough big travel blogs out there dedicated to travel within the States. Definitely make that your niche!

  4. Great points. My girlfriend and I just started our blog last week and we’re from California. We’re definitely don’t plan on excluding the US from our posts because there are still great eats and sights in our country. While I’m on this comment, we should exchange links. 🙂

  5. Excellent post, and great point you have here! I returned from my RTW trip in December of 2010 and since then I’ve been doing a lot of local/U.S. trips as there is just so much to see here in the U.S. that is often overlooked.

    I commend you guys for blogging about your weekend getaways and adventures, it’s certainly a niche that most don’t bother to write or blog about due to the fact that it’s just a short trip. Keep doing what you’re doing!

    Let me know if you’re ever up on Boston or New England for that matter, maybe we could meet up…

    • We’ll definitely let you know if we are ever up North! Boston is actually on our 30 before 30 list so hopefully we’ll make it there soon!

      We love our weekend getaways as there are so many places to explore in the US. It’s incredible. We might not think every trip is awesome but most trips at least have one or two unforgettable moments and/or places. We love sharing our experiences and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by our blog!

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