We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda Abbott and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Amanda, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
From the outside looking in, being a Travel blogger seems like an utterly glamorous dream job. And hey, it is a dream job, or mine at least. Because, hopefully, in the best scenario, the alchemy of being a travel writer, or blogger or content creator is simply finessing the hobbies that you are passionate about anyway. And as far as jobs go, once you get established, it’s a pretty awesome gig.

That aside, “outsiders” are almost always unaware of just what goes into it. i.e. the incessant amount of work. The painstaking hours you devote to perfecting aspects of your craft and developing your platforms before you make any money.

It appears that one is always on vacation, having the time of their life. And if we have made it look like we are having the time of our life, then that’s fantastic – we’ve done our job. In all honesty, we usually are. But what is not seen, and often can’t be properly fathomed is everything else that goes into this.

Like any startup, the beginning is filled with a lot of investment – camera equipment, software, apps. The thing is, we, as independent Travel Bloggers don’t just wear many hats; in the early stages we wear all of them. Perhaps you became a Travel Blogger because you love both travel and writing. But now, you are not just a traveler and writer, you’re a photographer, color technician, editor, copywriter, video director, marketer, stylist, accountant, web designer & developer, coder, travel curator, social media manager, publicist, office manager and… coffee intern. You will work for hours and hours – capturing and writing content, connecting on social media, developing numerous aspects of your brand and business.

It is the dream job, but it comes with no shortage of hard work to begin, sustain and make thrive. It’s rarely easy, but always so worth it.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I run a Travel Blog called Adventures Passport. This is my second Travel Blog, an evolution from my first. This blog is a culmination of several life long passions that have developed into an expertise. The mission of Adventures Passport is to provide tips, reviews and inspiration for global travel spanning across 6 continents. My niche is adventure travel with a focus on culture, food and unique stays and experiences. I write destination guides and suggested itineraries, reviews about unique hotels and places to dine around the world.

Travel is very personal to me, I believe it is transformative and can make us better people. Part of the aim of my blog is to help enable access to as many people as possible. Can I inspire someone to take a step out of their comfort zone? Learn something new from someone unexpected? Try something different or live a little bolder? I hope so. Really, the point of it all is to live a richer, fuller life where you understand and appreciate the world around you in a deeper way.

My style of travel is immersive. Wherever I go, I try to learn the language on at least a transactional level before arriving and do my best to learn more while I’m there. I want to know everything about the culture. I want to eat the food, I want to know where the locals go, how they feel about various topics and discover their traditions.

Some of the best travel advice or tips I have received are almost always from a fellow Traveler. Travel enthusiasts and Travel Bloggers around the world… we are a community. It is my hope to be able to pour into this community as much as possible from my learnings along the way. I’d like to save others time, money, hassle and mishap.

One of the best compliments that makes me truly happy or excited is when people take the time to reach out to me and say they enjoy my writing, blog, photos or content. When someone shares that they find my photos inspiring or they’ve learned a lot from a story I’m telling on Instagram, it just makes it all so worth it. Because, ultimately, I am creating content for them. Believe it or not I have several senior readers and many more Moms than I anticipated.

I get a lot of messages from people telling me they are “living vicariously through me.” It got me to thinking, that although my aim is to get others to travel more, I also am a storyteller. And for those who may be experiencing a moment in their lives when they can’t travel, I am happy that I can provide them a portal to another magical place, an untold story, or transport them to somewhere else completely for a short time.

This has always been my desired career path, but I did have another career for many, many years . It would seem that every time I tried to veer back towards what I really wanted to do, there was always something that kept me on the path that I was on. During the pandemic in 2o20, I was laid off from my position with a company I had been with for years. Like many individuals during this time, I asked myself, “What now, really?”

Then, after a bit of personal journey… Adventures Passport was born. I am most proud that I am finally not only pursuing, but living my dreams. I am excited everyday that I get to do this. I am thrilled with every new destination I visit. I smile in satisfaction every time I hit publish on a post where I feel I am offering value to my readers and really serving them. I really hope that what others see from my journey, is that it’s never too late to start over, or do what you really want to do. I’ve learned that something may seem unfortunate in the immediate, but it’s ultimately your destiny unfolding… to lead you down the next leg of your path.

Sometime’s pursuing your true calling or passion will come with no shortage of obstacles and challenges. I think the important part is that you are able to push through them, which at times is easier said than done. Persistence, especially with this profession, is key.

I also think there is a difference between being accomplished and doing what it is you REALLY wanted to do with your life. Or even more importantly, what you were meant to do. And hopefully, at some point along our path, we manage to do all three.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would make a road trip adventure out of it and showcase some of my favorite Colorado highlights that I’ve explored. We’d stop in Glenwood Springs and stay at Hotel Colorado and then enjoy the hot springs. Afterwards, on to Aspen to go snowmobiling through the Rockies! From there? Let’s cruise through Breckenridge and have lunch near their charming Main Street.

Then, we’ll continue east to Colorado Springs. A couple places I enjoy when in the Colorado Springs area, are touring and having High Tea at Glen Eyrie and visiting Manitou Springs. In the adorable town of Manitou Springs, we will do the ‘Haunted Lantern Tour’ at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park and then head downtown for some window shopping. Dinner, must be had at The Cliffhouse at Pike’s Peak. We also can’t leave the Colorado Springs area without taking a drive to the top of Pike’s Peak for some killer views and photo ops!

Last stop on the week long Colorado exploration road trip? We’re heading north to Estes Park to stay at the one and only Stanley Hotel. The magic show by the Stanley’s resident magician Aiden Sinclair is incredible. The grande finale will be brunch at …. Brunch & Co, a restaurant at The Stanley. It can’t be missed. It’s that good.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I really would need to, undoubtedly, shoutout my parents. Some of the best childhood memories I have, are from perusing the aisles of the bookstore with my Dad. My parents created an avid reader out of me. When they noticed I had an interest in writing, they continuously encouraged me to write and pursue it. Although, my career ended up going down a different path for many years, I am grateful that they never stopped encouraging me to pursue what they know is my true love.

They also had a huge influence in my wanderlust. From a young age, they placed value in experiences. We traveled a lot as a family. Our travels were not glamorous or particularly luxurious, but they we were meaningful. They were almost always centered around something historical, seeing the wonders of the earth and learning. As an adult, my love for these things have only grown as I’ve nurtured them.

I also have to shoutout my husband, who is also my biggest supporter. He also contributes photography to Adventures Passport at times. He believes in me unwaveringly and it means a lot.

Website: www.adventurespassport.com

Instagram: @adventures.passport

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/adventures.passport

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