Get to know one of our Travel Insurance Master Affiliates, Tracy of tracyadavis.com. Based out of NYC, Tracy is a travel blogger and photographer who loves to share her attainable and relatable travel experiences!
Tracy, when did you start your blog?
Walk me through how or why you started?
I used to have a personal style blog from 2011 - 2016 and stopped that blog because I started a new job and my schedule was just too hectic to keep up. I’ve always loved to travel and photography and knew that I wanted to do something in that space, but didn’t really know what I wanted it to look like at first. I started selling my travel prints in 2019 but wanted to expand to some sort of blog since I am always sending my friends and family members thorough trip recommendations. With the down time during COVID I finally sorted out my print shop/blog/brand situation and launched my new website! It also took me forever to decide on a name for it because I didn’t want to just limit myself to travel content (at one point I thought about Tracy’s Travels or something similar) because to me, traveling is part of my overall lifestyle, so I wanted the freedom to pivot later down the road without completely rebranding.
Do you feature a specific type of travel or area?
I focus on attainable/relatable travel adventures. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to stay in 5-star hotels and do more luxury travel one day, but for now as a woman in my 30s, I have to keep it affordable and relatable. I also do a lot of solo travel so weave that into my content as much as possible.
What is your favorite part about being a blogger?
Inspiring people to be adventurous and being able to share my unique viewpoint on a place I visited. It’s also nice to have a place to share the hundreds of photos I take on every trip, beyond just posting them to social media and my print shop!
What is your favorite or dream destination?
#1 dream destination is Antarctica! More realistic are Namibia and Jordan.
What is your favorite travel tip?
For international and remote destinations, use Google Maps to plot out your sightseeing/food stops and download the map to your phone so you don’t have to stress about having wifi/service while you’re out and about and you can still figure out where you’re going. This has saved me on so many trips!
What other suggestions do you have for travelers?
Just say yes to adventure! And don’t be afraid to travel on your own. Some of my greatest adventures would not have happened if I had waited for someone to go on a trip with me. If that feels intimidating, start out with a solo meal, a solo day trip away from your city or solo domestic weekend trip and work up from there. There are also so many ways to connect with people when traveling - like group excursions or staying in hostels - and a lot of people travel solo and are excited to meet other solo travelers. You have to be safe of course, but group excursions have been a great way to meet new people or at least feel like you’re traveling with friends for a short period of time.
I’ve also been asked in the past how I am able to travel so much and my answer to that is I make it a priority. Both financially and time-wise. Build it into your budget and set up savings goals to go on a trip or two every year. If you are limited on vacation days, maximize those three day weekend holidays to take a short trip.
What suggestions do you have for bloggers or what has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome with your blog?
My biggest obstacle has been finding the time to put all of my ideas into motion! Blogging as a side hustle requires some serious passion!