Kavey from kaveyeats.com is July’s Travel Blogger Spotlight. She runs a travel and food website and is based out of the UK. Go check her out!
Why did you start a travel blog? What is the best thing about running a travel blog?
Back in 2009, I actually started a food blog, hence the name Kavey Eats. I was already sharing restaurant reviews, recipes and food talk via online discussion forums and realised I wanted a place I could keep all those posts in one place for myself. In the first few years, I didn\’t cover travel much, even though I’ve always loved travelling — indeed travelling was an even bigger passion for me than food! But over the last few years, the travel has become a bigger and bigger part of the blog, and finally, the balance tipped to the point I realised I’m now a travel blog with some food, rather than the other way around. I’ll be working on a redesign over summer to make the travel theme of the blog clearer, and I’ll overhaul the navigation and structure of my content.
Do you have any tips for other travel bloggers?
There are so many ways to blog about travel. For some, it’s about creating lists of top sights or experiences. Others like to create a practical guide informing travellers about anything from currency and electrics to local etiquette and how to stay safe. For me, I enjoy writing deep-dive content, where I explore everything from history to culture to cuisine to sights to accommodation and more. All of these (and more) are valid and have value! The biggest tip I can give is to work out what kind of content *you* like to produce, and then work on doing that as well as you can.
Why do you love to travel?
There’s something very uplifting about seeing the rest of the world, whether it’s naturally stunning geography, fascinating culture, beautiful architecture, a long and interesting history, and of course food… trying local food is a huge huge part of travel for me! It’s very easy to become insular about one’s own culture and country, but travel is one of the best ways to really understand how many ways there are to live, to love and to do all the things we humans like to do… and to appreciate that the way you know at home is not always the best way, and it’s certainly not the only way! So much of what I see when travelling informs my opinions about my own country and culture, both positively and negatively. I appreciate what we have or do well, and I also look at what we could learn from others and do better.
What have you learned about yourself or the world through travelling?
All of life is a learning experience! Travel seems to heighten our senses such that we are more open than usual to everything around us. Travel helps us to grow our understanding of life, the universe and everything! Another thing I love about travel is that it gives my husband Pete and me the most concentrated opportunity to spend time together, to connect as we share the experiences of the trip, and to make more joint memories to carry through life with us.
What is one place you would LOVE to tick off from your bucket list?
I have a list of cities, regions and countries I want to visit that’s as long as my arm, and no matter how many places I tick off, the list is always growing rather than shrinking!