When this blog stopped being a hobby and started becoming more of an integral part of my life, I naturally sought out advice on how to grow, how to improve and how to build more of an audience.
One piece of advice that seemed to come up time and time again was that a blogger needs to find their niche, and that you can’t write about both backpacking and luxury travel on the same platform.
I hated this piece of advice.
I didn’t see (and still don’t) why I couldn’t have the best of both worlds. I love roughing it, and I love a little luxury. So, I decided to ignore that advice and continue to write about both, sharing my love of what I like to call ‘mixed travel’ with anyone and everyone.
I wouldn’t change my ‘mixed travel’ life for anything or anyone, so, here a few reasons why I won’t be finding a stereotypical smaller niche anytime soon.
It keeps you on your toes
For me, one of the appealing parts of the travel life is that it is so unpredictable. You could plan everything down to the minute, but that doesn’t mean anything at all! When travelling, things change and life moves at such a fast pace that you never really know how each day is gonna go.
This unpredictability is further enhanced when you bounce around between budget and luxury stays. You never know what you’ll be eating, if you’ll have internet access, whether you’ll sleep well or if you’ll make some amazing new friends.
The magic of travelling is not just about bucket list experiences, such as seeing the Giza Pyramids or trekking the Inca Trail; it is also about random nights out with brand new best friends, drinking 30c beers at 6am simply because the opportunity presented itself or even spending the night binge watching netflix in a bathrobe! It is about never knowing what will happen next – and for me, mixed travel puts that unpredictability on steroids, and I am definitely all about it!
No two days are alike
If every day of an adventure you have the comforts of a hotel or the cramped nature of a hostel, the days can kinda blur together a little. When you bounce around between the two types of accommodation, I find that it makes it easier for me to recall and remember details of my trip later on.
It helps me make landmarks in my mind, including details of where I went, what I did, who I met and more. As someone who often doesn’t write about her trips until weeks (or even months) after they’ve been and gone, this is an incredibly useful way of recalling lots of smaller details.
It makes my travel dollarydoos go farther
Sure, if I was constantly in hostels I would save more money than any other way of travelling, but by mixing it up, it means that I save money on hostel days and am left with more money to spend on the really special hotels or experiences than I would if I was always staying in hotels. It means that if I want to go hot air ballooning or skydiving or bungee jumping, I usually can!
Which brings me to the next point…
It really makes you appreciative of the luxuries
I think it can be pretty easy to get complacent with a certain lifestyle, but if you are constantly changing said lifestyle, you are reminded on a regular basis of just how lucky you are. I stay in hotels and at first, I love the towels, the room service and the comfort; but it isn’t long before I start craving the social aspect of hostels, the ability to cook my own food and the nights out on the town with complete strangers.
On the reverse, when I spend too long in hostels I start getting really easily annoyed with snorers, people who hog electrical outlets and the lack of privacy; so then I go back to a hotel and eventually the cycle repeats itself.
It means that I don’t become that traveller who really doesn’t know how great they’ve got it!
Both are unpredictable, just in different ways
Hotels are unpredictable in the sense that you never know when you’ll be sprung with a free upgrade, or when the room will be next level stunning or whether the WiFi will be any good.
Hostels are unpredictable in the sense that you never know who you’ll meet, if you’ll have a top or bottom bunk, if you’ll get hot water when you shower or whether you’ll meet someone who changes your life.