I’m Gabby, I’m 27 years old and I am a travel blogger. I grew up in southern New Jersey in a small town called Smithville outside Atlantic City. When I was growing up I was fortunate enough to travel often. Before the age of 20 I had visited all U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Canada, and every state on the eastern sea board. Looking back, it makes complete sense to me why I love to travel so much and why I started a travel blog.
On my twenty-first birthday I boarded a plane to Ireland and would not return the same person. There is something about getting lost in a foreign country and finding your way out that gives you a new-found confidence. Three years later, I road tripped across the country with my parents. Our family spent three weeks exploring parts of my own country that I had never seen before. Standing in the middle of Wall Drug and watching the sunset, I realized I didn’t want to go home. I wanted to see the rest of the world and I wanted to share it with everyone.
Choosing to be a travel blogger.
In September 2017 I married the love of my life in our new home town in Wisconsin. We argued for almost a year over where we wanted to honeymoon before finally deciding on Hawaii. Living in Wisconsin for two years already I was getting restless. I started joking about becoming a travel blogger. It turned into a more serious idea at our rehearsal dinner when Brandon (my husband) bought me the Hero5 GoPro as a wedding gift. I became obsessed and my becoming a travel blogger seemed more and more like a good idea.
When we returned from our trip I had over five hours of videos from four hikes on two different islands. I had so much footage and photographs I didn’t know what to do with myself. I started to jot things down in a notebook and realized I have enough experience and content from travels that I could start a blog. One Sunday night I decided it was time to go for it. I bought my domain, drowned in Youtube tutorials, and got to work. With enough strategy and posts, who knows, I may not have just launched a website, I may have just launched my new career.