How Blogging gave me Thousands of Friends Around the World

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Share on LinkedIn

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.

A NYC reader meetup this year - WITH FROYO!

A NYC reader meetup this year – WITH FROYO!

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!

emma and brooke eiffel tower

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! 

friends friends friends friends
friends bkstef friends friends

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!

You Might Also Like

    December 13, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Ah, reading this just makes me smile:)! it’s indeed so great to meet likeminded people that way!
    I will keep my eyes open haha and if I am near someday I would love to come to a meet-up!
    Safe travels!

    September 4, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    I’m an Aussie moving to London in October- would love to meet up with you on your travels!

    February 16, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    the last pict, you took a picture with Indonesian bloggers in Singapore, and i know one of them, he’s popular blogger in Indonesia. uuggh so envy he can met you >..< hopefully someday, if you want to visit Indonesia again, let me know 🙂

    February 12, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Ooh, it must be very wierd but extremely flattering to be recognized on the street by your readers!))) Daily Travel Inspirations

    Ovais Mirza
    November 22, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Thats true. Blogging is now serving as a social media platform as well and get us connected with lots of other bloggers .

    Ovais Mirza

    Elle Farrell
    October 14, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Hey that’s me! 😉 hope you’re doing well darlin!

    Diva In Me
    October 12, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I guess internet and technology has brought us all closer than we think. If I ever see you when I’m travelling, I will definitely call out for you =D

    The Daily Miacis
    October 8, 2014 at 8:44 am

    If someday you come to Viana do Castelo, Portugal, by all means I’ll be happy to see you 🙂

    October 7, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    I love this post and I love that blogging connects people from all over the world! If you are ever in Vilnius, LT let me know!

    Betty J. Ogburn
    October 7, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    …If you’re ever in Northern Spain within the next year, just give a shout-out!!…

    Betty J. Ogburn (The Pumpkin’s Head)

    Department of Wandering
    October 7, 2014 at 4:02 am

    Brooke, I’d love to meet when you arrive in Berlin! As a fellow Aussie who’s been living here for over a year now, I’d love to chat about travel and, of course, the best of Berlin. 🙂

    October 6, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Such an inspiration! This makes me want to work even harder and I hope someday I get to meet you! <3

    October 5, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    A Netherlands meet-up in the future then maybe? (:


    October 4, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    You seem such a lovely person, maybe one day I’ll be lucky enough to meet you in person and thank you for being such an inspiration to me!
    Happy travels Brooke!

    October 4, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Lovely post 🙂


    October 4, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I would so love to meet you one day 🙂 I’m a blogger, too. Haha well, I just started my blog 2 month ago, so I think the right word to say that I’m a wanna-be-blogger ;D
    So, why did I started this comment? … Well, to say thank you to you because you inspired me so much since I found your blog. I’m now an Aupair in Australia but hopefully I can travel a lot after und during my stay here. And very, very hopefully I’ll meet you one day. Maybe in Berlin (I’m German.) or elsewhere in the world *-*

    October 4, 2014 at 3:15 am

    Oh my god you were in Singapore? When was it :((((

    October 4, 2014 at 1:56 am

    hi Brooke!
    i love your blog it’sa source of inspiration for me. Everyday I check your blog to see if you post a new article. I didn’t know what job i wanted to do but now i am sure of the fact that i want to become a flight attendant even if my mom says it’s impossible. So thank you!
    unfortunalety I can’t meet you because you’ll never come to my little town in north of france. It really not a town that you could visit.But i hope one day it will happen 🙂

    October 4, 2014 at 12:42 am

    So true!! I just found your blog a little over a week ago and I’m hooked!! We have soo much in common! I also made friends (some who are now true, and real best friends) by traveling. I don’t have many friends here where I live but traveling opened up my eyes and made me meet new people who I love like brothers and sisters. It’s the best thing that has even happened to me.

    October 3, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    What a lovely post! I love how the internet connects single travelers and makes travel just that much more vibrant and fulfilling 🙂

    Jesse Owen
    October 3, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    This is such a lovely post – I’ve never really thought of travelling being a lonely thing to do but when you think about it I guess it is. It’s great that even though this is the case you’ve met so many people through the this brilliant medium 🙂

    October 3, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Yeeey you come to Germany, this is sooo cool, I can’t wait to meet you one day, you are such an inspiration to me and I hope one day I will travel the world like you do!

    October 3, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Such a nice post. Next time you’re in London I’d love to show you some awesome places to eat x

    Carolina Ojeda
    October 3, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    You’re such a lovely person and an inspiration for me and my travel blog as well!
    I’m Brazilian but I am living in Dublin. Are you coming to Ireland this year?
    Please, add a post like “the best places to be in the New Year’s Eve!” It would be so great!
    Tks for sharing everything with us! <3

    October 3, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    OMG!! That is so cool! I think one of the most precious things is havig friends alla around the world! I was an erasmus student and it was the best thing that erasmus experience “left” me!

    October 3, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    This is the loveliest post! I’m envious of how many people you’re making friends with through this blog! I’ve met most of my closest friends through my travels as well.
    This post is so sweet! 🙂

    20 year old travel blogger

    October 3, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Such a wonderful post, it’s so great to hear that you’ve actually enjoyed meeting your fans and readers, and all the pics are so lovely!! It would be a dream come true to meet you as you’re one of my biggest idols, any chance for a meet up in Finland? It would be amazing! Helsinki for example is always a great place to meet and it would be great to meet Finns who are passionate about the same thing as well! If you just have time, please think about it! 🙂

    Christine King
    October 3, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Hope you come back to Melbourne soon for a Meet Up.

    October 3, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    How do you have such great people skills? Have you always just been a people person? 🙂

    Deepti @ Endless Postcards
    October 3, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Such a cute post! Your blog is the first travel blog I ever found – it’s actually what inspired me to start my own blog. I hope that I’ll get to meet you someday! 🙂

    October 3, 2014 at 11:51 am


    October 3, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Enjoy your blog! A new “friend”

    October 3, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Real friendships can be found through blogging. I always enjoy reading your blog! Amazing that you met some of your readers 🙂

    October 3, 2014 at 8:20 am

    This is such a sweet post! Hopefully you’ll stop by in the Netherlands some day, you seem like an amazing person to be around. Keep up the wonderful blogging!

    October 3, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Great article Brooke! And what a lovely photos!

    October 3, 2014 at 8:02 am

    I hope to see you here in North America 🙂