10 Undeniable First World Problems As Travel Blogger

When it comes to travel blogging, people often only see the positive side of it. I mean the chance to be a traveller, seeing the world first hand, capturing it with your very own camera and sharing it with the world is extraordinary. Not forgetting the memorable stays at some of the finest luxury hotels too. It is a good life to lead, but along with all the magical perks comes the down sides that are truly undeniable. Some of course are definitely first world problems, but are still a major struggle in the world of travel blogging. 😉

1. The struggle of hand luggage only trips

I can assure you this is my number one travel blogger problem. The amount of times i’ve attempted to fit my whole life into one hand luggage bag is unreal. I think many PR’s, bloggers and journalists know me as the boy who must have at least three pairs of shoes and a whole plastic bag airport bag (ugh, you know the dreaded plastic bag!) of products on a trip, even if it means my carry on is trying to burst open. I mean, this boy has needs.

2. The desire to want to travel constantly

Travel to Tuscany

I can never keep up with the ever ending list of where I want to go or revisit, like Tuscany. When i’m reading about other people’s trips or experience, if it appeals to me it goes on my list. Otherwise, I often find myself scrolling through Pinterest all day adding lots of new destination guides and photos of gorgeous hotels to my ‘Travel Inspo’ and ‘Bucket List Hotels’ boards. One day i’ll be fully content that I have travelled the world, one journey at a time.

3. The never ending backlog of emails

Emails were a method of communication that I actually hated growing up. I was always proffered getting instant responses using text messages or even calling. When I was at school, we had our own emails and often enough during our IT classes I had a million of messages from friends that I never wanted to respond to. So, naturally i’ve had to put a lot of focus on getting to grips with being an lover of email communication and staying on top of it too. Although, backlogs happen a little too often…

4. Β Making internet friends your real friends

Travel blogger friends

Until this day, after the four years of blogging I was still afraid to admit that my internet friends had become my realest, closest and truest friends. Back in the day, I was given the talk by my parents that you should stay away from people who try to talk to you on the internet, and now I can say I met most of my closest friends there. Luckily, my parents are somewhat understanding of the whole blogging ‘thing’ now. I feel very lucky to have met a group of friends that share the same passions and values as me through our love of writing and travelling, it’s quite surreal.

5. The dire need for perfection

I didn’t realise the extent of my inner perfectionist until I became a blogger. Normally my perfectionist ways lies within photos and editing. I normally take at least 8 photos of the same subject, view or dish just because I notice the minute details that alter between each of them. It is just easy to satisfy myself with multiple shots than getting to edit photos and realising I don’t like the single shot I took.

6. The admittance of never being skinny

Travel: Lunch at ALMA, Lisbon

When you’re are travelling the need to try all the traditional and delicious food, which is normally quite indulgent. Like the lunch we had at ALMA in Lisbon. When i’m at home or preparing for an upcoming trip I always try and eat healthy as possible to allow myself to splurge on the calories a bit. However, another first world problem of being invited to review divine restaurants when i’m at home is real. I have come to terms with the fact that however much exercise I do or healthy eating I try to fit in, i’ll never have abs.

7. Asking the ‘budget’ question

The struggle of being a travel blogger is that most PR’s still feel the need to ask you to work for free, because a trip is being funded for you. I mean, it’s all well and good that we get a trip in return for the work we do, but we rarely get a chance to actually fully immerse ourselves in the moment and truly enjoy it. I’m normally taking photos, uploading things to social media or thinking of how i’m going to put each experience into words, just in my head. After all the content creating we do when we get back too, the need is to have some payment for doing it too. Sadly not all the travel PR’s and clients have caught on to this like the other blogging niches and sometimes it does prove to be a struggle. After all, ‘free’ trips are great but bills still need to be paid sadly.

8. The desire to be on social media always

Travel: Social Media On The GoI always enjoyed being in the company of my phone, replying to text messages and talking with friends on the phone for hours. However, I now find myself consumed in social media for hours on end. If i’m not scheduling my own content, i’m scrolling through, engaging in all the wanderlust and communicating with other bloggers over Twitter. Even when it comes to bed time, I literally have to pry my phone out of my hand and put it to one side, demanding I get some rest.

9. Sober for October is a thing of the past

Travel: Champagne At Bovey Castle

I can’t think of any blogger event, press day, review dinner or trip where alcohol isn’t forced into your hand. I mean, I could say no but I always find the hosts get offended if you don’t have a glass of bubbly in your hand. Also, I struggle to say no when i’m offered a glass of my favourite drink. I guess that just means I can’t do sober for October anymore, even if I tried.

10. It’s not always rainbows and sunshine

I think the real truth here is that blogging is hard and it isn’t necessarily always fun either. There are some weekends where you just want to go out with your friends or enjoy your evenings after work but often enough there is always something to do. I sometimes feel like the list never ends. It’s a good job I love what I do or I don’t think I would have lasted this long doing it. In a sense I act as a social media manager, brand manager, event organiser, socialite, copywriter, traveller, accountant, photographer and marketer all in one.

The reality behind it is that most of these undeniable truths are funny first world problems, but there are also some points here that are a true struggle that I face day to day as a travel blogger.

Until next time…



  • Absolute brilliant post Aftab! A nice morning read for my commute.

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Thanks Zoe! Glad you enjoyed it.

  • Sandra Guerin

    Hahaha, can definitely relate to most of those!!
    I did find a way solve the dreaded plastic bag situation though – get yourself to Muji and get one of their see-through travel pouches! You deserve it!
    xx Sandra | Cake + Whisky

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      The first world struggle is so real! Oooooh, I will definitely make a trip down and get one!

  • Binny Shah-Patel

    loved this especially the internet friends and also the sober October – we ain’t ever doing that LOL

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Thanks, B! I think it’s amazing how internet friends have become close friends. Still a bit surreal. Oh god no, not with you around anyway!

  • Practice makes perfect with hand luggage only, you’ll be nailing it soon! I can do 2 weeks work trip now – it does involve hotel laundry and one pair of shoes though!!!

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      I definitely need to keep working at it. Wow! That’s so good!!

  • Well no one pays me to blog, but as I’ve had a hobby travel blog for years now, I can definitely relate to some of these! The social media one is tricky for sure πŸ™‚

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      It’s so hard to cut off social media, even when you want to!

  • I have too many of these to admit to in a public sphere πŸ˜€

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      I knew you would share some of these with me πŸ˜‰

  • I can definitely relate to losing my abs…

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      It’s a definitely first world problem!

  • Abs? What’s that? Is that a band? lol

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Yup, the new up and coming boy band πŸ˜‰

  • Pahaha oh these are oh so true! I’m the same with my phone too – I really have to put deadlines on myself, otherwise I’ll just be on it all the time!

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      I’m so happy that i’m not the only one haha!

  • so true πŸ™‚ #travellinkup

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Glad you agree, Tanja!

  • Emma Morrell

    This is so true – especially the one about your phone! I told my mum today that even though I am constantly on my phone now it is rarely for me to scroll through my Facebook feed to see what my mates are up to! Its ironic that I’m on social media more than ever and yet see less stuff like that. She didn’t believe me lol.
    (via The Travel Link Up)

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      I know what you mean. My parents thinking I spent my days talking to my friends on my phone instead of them, but actually i’m normally scheduling my own social media content instead.

  • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

    I think people forget that there are down sides to the things we do, even though we make it look exciting all the time. My internet friends are the best, including you my love!

  • Harpreet Acharya

    Number 2 for me!!! The more I travel, the more I want to travel and I get almost depressed if I don’t have something planned! Oh, and I get the whole perfectionist thing. I had to delete a tonne of photos off my phone to make space for new ones and most were just 10 photos of the same thing! Haha!