How does a travel blogger take a vacation? Apparently we don’t!
Earlier this month I took a weeklong trip to Cuba for the first time. I went into that adventure looking to be largely off-duty. I wanted to celebrate my dear man’s birthday and his long-desired wish to visit Cuba without the pressure of needing to produce content. But as you can imagine, the concept of relaxing and taking a true vacation with family and friends is a tall order for a travel blogger.
So I deliberately went to Cuba with no agenda of coming back with tons of images, thoughts, and stories. My goal was to take shots when it felt right yet have enough images to enjoy looking back down the road. As a result, I took pictures here and there but I wasn’t behind the lens the entire time. I took a step back to absorb the details of everything around me. It was really quite lovely.
With that approach though, I certainly missed a lot of things I wish I had shots of. But the hard truth is that I always feel that way, even when I work hard at trying to capture the images that fill out the story. So really I’m not any more disappointed in my collection of images than usual!
The glaring exception being that I wish I had more people shots. Again, that’s not a new struggle for me but given the great people I was traveling with and those I met along the way, it stings a little more than normal. Because so much of what is amazing about Cuba is the people.
Can’t teach an old blogger new tricks
Yet in the end it seems you can’t entirely take the blogger out of the equation. With my casual approach, I figured I might have some photo essay-style content to share with you. Possibly even some insight into traveling in Cuba. But here I am, head spinning with stories. Not an epic Cuba travel guide, mind you. I’m no expert after only one visit. What I do hope to share is the beauty of the people, the places, and the experiences of a wonderful country.
¡Hasta luego, amigos!