A pair of dinner theatre tickets sit in an envelope above my wine rack, which is filled with dusty bottles of wine from near and far travels. I’ve been gifted with a fishing charter for three people and I’m pretty sure I’ll be the third wheel. And, I just RSVP’d for one person to another social media function in which I was invited to bring a guest. I don’t mean to sound hypocritical, this blog was born on the concept of “traveling alone, not lonely” but sometimes, life can get lonely as a party of one.
Ever since reading the post “Date a Female Personal Finance Blogger” by Cait Flanders of Blonde on a Budget [sidebar: I LOVE reading personal finance blogs because they’re extremely inspiring] I’ve wanted to write the reasons for dating a female solo travel blogger, or at least the reasons why I think you’d want to date a female independent travel blogger. So, this post has actually taken me about a year to put together.
Let’s carry on..
Just because she blogs about traveling alone, not lonely doesn’t mean she wants to spend eternity alone. She could deal with a little company during a day trip or two and who knows, maybe it would lead to other extended adventures. For the right person, she would learn to compromise in the decision making. Of course, for reasons included below, she would make one kick-@$$ travel guide.
Homebodies Shall Apply
If you’re the homebody type, even better. Your desired presence on the road would by minimal and your important role would be keeping the fort down, watering the plants, caring for the fur-children and being that overall reason to come home. Your presence at the airport on the day she returns home is always welcomed.
She Knows People
Like new experiences? The female solo travel blogger typically has access to some pretty awesome experiences such as hotel stays, food and wine events, and attraction admission all with the VIP treatment. True, many events she cannot bring a guest but there are those occasions when she can and understand, she’s working while attending but knows how to responsibly mix business with pleasure.
Smart with Her Money
Oh, did I mention those experiences will probably be easy on your budget? She’s an influential blogger and works hard for brands she partners with through sharing their message on her blog and social media channels. It’s not free for her because she’s working but she definitely likes to share the experience.
Many solo travel bloggers are budget-conscious so you won’t be breaking the bank when courting her. Yes, you need to splurge a little here and there but she appreciates a guy who’s budget conscious himself. She’s skilled at finding the best value and stretching a buck related and not- related to travel. After all, when she saves on everyday purchases, she can apply that money to her travel budget. Being able to tactfully stretch a buck is sexy.
Sharing in the Decision Making
Dating a solo travel blogger doesn’t mean she’ll be doing all the planning when it comes to weekend jaunts and escapes. She thinks it would actually be freeing having someone else doing the planning.
“Wait! Don’t Eat that Yet!”
She’s willing to compromise on some of her travel independence but there are some habits of the solo travel blogger you’ll just need to accept, with the big one being food photography. You’ll just have to wait before taking a bite from that shared appetizer because she’ll need a snapshot with her smartphone, and probably “big” camera, before any nibbling is allowed.
She’ll then need a moment to post that image to her social media channels such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Yes, your food will probably be cold by the time you take your first bite but hey, she’s worth it. And, don’t be offended if she doesn’t snap a photo of your meal. Sometimes, it’s still about her.
Yeah, She Has Baggage, Too
She comes with her own collection of baggage and is willing to co-mingle what you bring into the relationship, however, there are no free rides. Yes, she’s independent but she’s not looking to date a freeloader.
Somethings Aren’t Meant to be Shared
Remember, the solo travel blogger is a classy gal and she won’t be blogging about you behind your back. Unless things get really, really ugly. Even then, you shall rename nameless.
In seriousness, while we’re on the topic of social media, if you accept my advice to date a solo travel blogger, have the discussion about how much is shared online. Do you want to be mentioned in her blog posts or social media updates? If so, how soon into the relationship? Do you want to be mentioned by first name? An initial? A nickname? Welcome to 21st century dating!
The solo travel blogger is a giving, kind person. She’s traveled the world experiencing other cultures and has an appreciation for what’s really important in life. She’s looking to share those experiences as well as create new ones. Are you up to the mission of dating a solo travel blogger?