INTERVIEW | 15 QUESTIONS TO TRAVEL BLOGGER BECKY VAN DIJK
Every month Stay in Style interviews a travel blogger who inspires many people from all over the world. Today Becky van Dijk! Becky is the Founder & Editor of popular travel site WeAreTravelGirls.com. Currently living in Bali she shares her adventures on Becky van Dijk and on We Are Travel Girls. Born and raised in Hertfordshire – England with Dutch roots, Becky always had a passion for creativity, art and adventure. Her father is a pilot who has travelled the world with his job and her mother was an air stewardess, so the travel bug was destined to catch up with her! Curious how she travels the world, what her favorite memory is and what her golden tips are for other travel bloggers?
1. WHY DID YOU START YOUR OWN TRAVEL BLOG?
For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a travel writer, before blogs existed and everything we read was online I would go to travel writing seminars by writers who were published in the Rough Guides, Lonely Planet and Wanderlust magazine. I was desperate to write for one of these, but didn’t know how to break into that industry. After university I ended up working in finance, but always had insatiable wanderlust and a desire to write about my travels. In 2015, I was looking at ways to leave finance, and my friend and now co-founder of We Are Travel Girls, Vanessa Rivers, suggested starting a blog which would help for marketing if I ever wanted to start a travel company, a product or an app. So I set about creating a travel blog, in doing so I realised that was what every girl was doing, so I turned my attention to creating a community amongst these women. This lead me to start @WeAreTravelGirls on Instagram, which has now grown to a community of over 175,000 followers and more recently the launch our site where we curate and edit travel articles from women all around the world.
2. WHEN DID YOU START YOUR TRAVEL BLOG?
I launched both my personal travel blog BeckyvanDijk.com and my female travel community site WeAreTravelGirls.com in June 2016. Both are young sites, but we have seen them grow in popularity quickly. On my personal site I share my travel experiences and tips and boutique hotel reviews with my audience.
I would say I am a balanced traveller, I like to mix budget with luxury. On our recent trip to Malaysia we stayed at some beautiful and unique hotels, full of character and history, but on my next trip to Perth we have booked a back packer hostel on the beach.
We just returned a few days ago from Malaysia. It was my third time to the country and each time I visit I fall in love with it a little more! We visited Kuala Lumpur, the Cameron Highlands, Penang and Langkawi on this trip and I am already planning to go back and explore more of the islands to the east of the country.
5. HOW OFTEN DO YOU TRAVEL IN A YEAR?
7. DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE DESTINATION AND WHY?
10. HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR A TRIP?
Work hard and act professionally. If you want to make money or use your blog to secure collaborations with hotels or tourist boards you need to be willing to pour every spare minute into it. Along with that, my biggest belief is that acting professionally and politely is extremely important. I have quickly found that the travel blogging industry is very small and your reputation is everything, if you act unprofessionally or are rude to a brand, hotel or another blogger this will get around quickly and people will not want to work with you.
Don’t compare yourself to others. There will always be someone with a bigger audience, more likes, better pictures, nicer hair, whatever it is try not to compare yourself. Becoming a blogger means you will spend alot of time on social media and this can create insecurities that you didn’t previously have. Remember that what we are showing is the best version of ourselves and our experience and may not be a realistic representation.
Connect with other bloggers. Not only will you get to meet them around the world, but its great to get advice and tips about blogging and destinations. The We Are Travel Girls group on Facebook is a great place to meet other bloggers, ask questions and share your own tips.
15. WHAT WILL YOUR NEXT DESTIANTION BE?