Brooke!? Is that you!?
The first time I was recognised in the street was a
weird terrifying experience. But it was also one of the happiest moments of my life. After about a year and a half of blogging, I was walking uphill in a neighbourhood in Barcelona when an energetic American by the name of Elle was frantically calling out my name.
Who the hell would I know in Barcelona, Spain!? Was the first thought to cross my mind.
She came running up behind me and introduced herself as a reader of my blog, having recognised me by my Chloe handbag – one that I usually have with me in photographs because I’ve been travelling for 8 months and one handbag is my limit (sadly, very sadly).
A mere week later, it happened again.
Hi, sorry to disrupt you, but are you World of Wanderlust?
Giggling and blushing all at once, I fessed up. I was standing in a street in Dublin watching some very talented buskers when he approached me, and he was coming over to see if it was me for his girlfriend so she could take a picture with me (she was too shy to ask).
Wow, this is really happening then!?
Since then I’ve been recognised in a number of random cities and countries and it still baffles me that people are excited to take a picture with me – I really need to keep a better collection of them.
But it’s not just people I’ve met in the streets that this blog is dedicated to, but to all the readers I have met either at reader meetups (I have another one coming up in London 28th September and Berlin next month) and a few readers I have met one-on-one to show me around their cities. In fact, one of my best friends (who is also a blogger) I met from blogging.
I’m not kidding when I say these are some of the friendships I cherish most. Nowadays I speak to a couple of these girls more often than I do my childhood friends back home – crazy!
So I find myself writing this post for two reasons….
Firstly, this is the part of blogging I love most – meeting like minded people and having friends all around the world. My job (as a solo travel blogger) is inherently lonely, and as a person who thrives off being around others, it kinda sucks sometimes. But you guys have changed that – meeting up with people in cities around the world has become my favourite part of travel. I feel like you guys know me so well (like the time a reader ordered my fave ice cream flavours for me without asking), and it’s so exciting to get to meet you in return. It’s honestly like having an instant new best friend – cos if you’re reading and enjoying my blog, we’re bound to be pretty alike.
Secondly, because I want to make it known just how much I want to meet more of you! If you see me in the street please say hello! I still get loads of comments and tweets afterwards from people saying they saw me but were too shy to ask for a photo or to come say hello….. PLEASE SAY HELLO!
Also, if you know I’m coming to your city soon please reach out if you’d like to have a meetup! Not only is it a chance for us to meet, but it’s a great chance for you to meet likeminded travel-loving, life-loving individuals who also live in your city (some of the girls from my first reader meetup in London in February are still great friends)!
Blogging as a career is inherently lonely. Travel blogging takes it one step further to a new level of isolation. Without you guys, I’d be lost. Thanks for commenting, tweeting, emailing and being there. Big love!