As travel bloggers holidaying is the last thing we do when we travel. You may see our Facebook and Instagram timeline flooded with idyllic images of sunsets and beaches, But that doesn’t mean we were laying back, umbrella drinks in hand. Those photographs are the result of early mornings spent sweating in the sun and then slaving away at the laptop into the wee hours. Seeing as we also have full time jobs in advertising, we do all of this while on vacation from office. No You Don’t need to Quit your Job to Travel. But every once in a while, we definitely do need a holiday from the days we travel using holidays from work.
So what do travel bloggers do on holiday?
1. We fly away to a beach destination
2. We still wake up early
3. But we get some spa time
This is by far the best spa we have experienced in Asia. Mogambo springs was modelled after a Japanese village, and we were most intrigued by the Filipino Hulot massage, but seeing as we managed an appointment for that only a day later, we test drove the foot reflexology instead. I’m not quite sure what the therapist did, but it was like she unlocked something in my toes. Something that I didn’t know had been locked all this while. The next day the Hulot massage was equally satisfying, as we both dozed off to the gentle music and strokes of pressure. Realising that this spa was indeed value for money, we returned every day, getting massages and even a cucumber body wrap the day after I got sunburned snorkelling in the reef. What can we say, we love our massages and love Asia for making this vice so affordable.
4. And put our gadgets away
As travel bloggers, our gadgets are a major part of a trip anywhere. We’re usually lugging the DSLR, a couple of lenses, tripods, the GoPro, multiple chargers, a hard drive, a laptop, an iPad and of course our phones. But this time, we packed light. We did manage to detox for a while, using the iPad only to read books, and the GoPro only to play around in the water. We managed to leave the laptop alone, Charles went off on a couple of photography strolls, but we didn’t need to transfer files or charge the camera battery. Our phone’s didn’t record any notes, but the phone cameras however, still got quite the workout.
5. We gain a few pounds
As gluttons (or gourmands, if you please) we’re always ready for a meal, and if it involves a new cuisine, all the more so. However the Filipino national dish, a spit-roasted pork called Lechon failed to impress us. It was bland pork with a sticky sweet sauce that had no depth whatsoever. Thankfully our resort had a variety of restaurants to pick from. We gorged on breakfast of a different cuisine each morning, had Salo Salo for lunch (a picnic basket of fresh shrimp, salmon, bay lobster, bbq pork, clams, mussels, salted egg, and mango salad) or a variety of sushi for a change. We had early dinners, frequenting the Italian restaurant and digging into grilled squid, risotto, squid ink pastas, crab ravioli all washed down with copious quantities of wine. (the room was only a couple of steps away).
So the next time you ask “What do travel bloggers do?” don’t imagine it’s all hammocks and horizons. Do you differentiate between travel and vacation? What do you do when on holiday?