The Realities of Travel Blogging When You’re Actually Travelling


I thought about this post idea whilst I was laid on a mattress that resembled a brick wall(concrete floor) in a bamboo hut that resembled a shed, sweating my arse off whilst a fan tried to cool me down on one side and an army of mosquitos tried to eat me on the other – welcome to travelling.

I’ve been struggling with blogging whilst I’m away for many different reasons and when I look at the likes of Ohh Couture my favourite travel blogger slash all round blogger I think, why can’t I get it right? The answer? Because I’m actually travelling . . and my boyfriends not a photographer but lets not get into that one!

The Realities of Travel Blogging When You’re Actually Travelling

One of the main issues has been the lack of aesthetically pleasing accommodation. I’d be lying if I wasn’t picturing the marbled floored, balcony viewed insta’s I’d be posting when I set off from Gatwick 3 months ago . . oh how I was wrong! It’s definitely been more bamboo hut with cold water and a concrete mattress than all white & marble #bathroomgoals and balcony shots.

I’ve also been really ill recently which I hope will explain my absence to some extent!! I basically got a mouth infection of some form – a mouth full of painful ulcers that prevented me from talking, eating and just being awake was agony! This gave way to a cold which developed into a chest infection which leaves me at just about starting to feel human again for our last 2 weeks!

I’m definitely not cut out for this travelling malarky! Don’t get me wrong I have loved every minute of it but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to my mattress, my doggy and most of all getting stuck back in to work! It has however given me a new taste for travel and I can’t wait to explore more of the world but just next time I’ll make sure its for less time and the #bathroomgoals are real.


All of these shots were taken in Koh Lipe in Thailand and it’s got the best beaches we’ve been to so far!! The whitest most powdery sand and the clearest waters that actually look like a swimming pool and you can see all of the fishes underneath! I’m usually scared of deep water incase theres something underneath me but when it’s as clear as this I was jumping off the kayak and snorkelling care free!!!

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    • Sinead
      23rd November 2016 / 6:56 pm

      I honestly feel like I have been! I can’t wait to get back into it when I’m back!

  1. 9th November 2016 / 10:10 pm

    Your photos are amazing don’t been so hard on yourself! I totally get the boyfriend isn’t a photography comment….I’m in the same boat!

    Nikki |

    • Sinead
      23rd November 2016 / 6:56 pm

      Ah thanks so much hun! I guess you always see your own work through more critical eyes!

  2. Judith Crawford
    11th November 2016 / 11:01 pm

    So sorry to hear you’ve been so ill Sinead, that must be dreadful! Loving your photos and updates. PS your boyf’s doing a pretty good job!! J xx

    • Sinead
      23rd November 2016 / 6:54 pm

      He is isn’t he! Thanks hun!! I’m hoping I’ll be better for good once I’m home and in my own bed!

  3. Sigute
    14th November 2016 / 10:18 pm

    OMG that’s hilarious because I just had the same thought this morning about fancy photos vs. the reality of travel! 😀 Happy that someone else shares that with me…! PS. Koh Lipe is one of my favourite islands, hope you’re enjoying it 🙂

    • Sinead
      23rd November 2016 / 6:52 pm

      Oh Koh Lipe I wish I could go back it was my favourite place in Thailand! I love it so much! And yes the photos! It’s hard to stay photo ready after 3 months too and all I want to do is just relax!!

  4. Laura
    18th November 2016 / 10:36 am

    I totally know what you mean, I imagined the same as you when I went traveling but found nothing but greenery, brown huts and no sign of luxury haha. I’ve loved your travel posts and also your Insta pics, you’ve done a great job!

    Laura x

    • Sinead
      23rd November 2016 / 6:51 pm

      Thanks so much hun that means a lot and glad you can relate!!!

  5. 23rd November 2016 / 9:49 pm

    These pictures all look great – even without the photographer boyfriend!
    My boyfriend is a photographer, but it’s basically impossible to get him to work on his free time. I find that a guerilla tripod and iPhone camera are a girl’s best friend 😉
    Likely By Sea

    • Sinead
      4th December 2016 / 9:17 pm

      Yes!! I definitely need to get myself one of these!!! I’m glad it’s not just me and even those with a photographer boyfriend struggle!

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