Why did I launch The Red Phone Box travels blog five and a half years ago? There were a few good reasons. I needed a distraction from my everyday life. And I felt that I needed a new audience for my travel stories because I had a sneaky feeling that my friends were getting bored of my travel escapades. Also, I was in a difficult personal situation at the time and I needed something positive to occupy my mind.
I didn’t have a clue about blogging or how to set up a blog ( I still don’t know much about SEO). I’d been reading several blogs at the time and after a while I got a nagging idea in my head that maybe I could write about my travels too. When I set up my blog I didn’t tell a soul about it. After a while I told my best friend and my husband. Later, I mentioned my travel blog to other people too but to this day I still feel more comfortable with the idea of strangers reading and commenting on my posts than my friends.
What’s in a name, you might ask? I have always been crazy about London and the UK so I wanted to show that in my blog’s name. For me the red telephone box is one of the most famous British icons so I chose it as my blog name. I have lived in England for a while after university but my primary goal was to write about my numerous visits to London and my other travels around Europe. I decided to write in English and not in my mother tongue Croatian because I wanted to connect with the world.
Most of my blog posts are personal travel stories while some can be considered as travel guides. For instance, I wrote about my trips to Portugal, Scotland, Vienna, not just about London. I joined many travel linkups and photography challenges. I wrote tips for visiting Bologna, Budapest, San Marino, just to name a few of the places I blogged about. Over the years I started to blog about Croatia too. Perhaps you can find some inspiration for your future visit to Croatia here. Of course, I shared some of my life stories too.
A lot has changed in my personal life since 2015. Now, I have two young kids and less and less time to blog. Also, due to the big changes in my life in the past three years and more recently because of the worldwide pandemic I haven’t travelled that much as I used to. It saddens me to say this, but travel might not even be my top priority anymore. However, I’m still deeply in love with London. Nothing could change that. And I still love travel. I want to show my kids the places I’ve fallen in love with and discover some new places with them too.
I’m very grateful to my readers and followers for their continual support over the years. I have met some truly exceptional people via my blog and I’ve made some new friends. If you want to know more about me you can check this post or this recent interview by a fellow travel blogger.
I write for my own selfish pleasure. But I’ve also managed to do some collaborations and paid work. Nevertheless, this travel blog is just my hobby. Sometimes I dislike my writing and I want to quit blogging altogether because I feel like I don’t have anything to write about since I travel less and less. On the other hand, this blog makes me happy. So, I guess I’ll continue to blog for as long as it makes me happy.
This post is written for February’s 2021 travel link up hosted by Adventures of a London Kiwi, SilverSpoon London, Binnys Food and Travel Diaries and Summers Holiyay. The topic is the story of your blog name and how you came to start blogging.