Without fail, every time someone learns that I’m a travel blogger, they will ask how I got started. Therefore, I thought it was only right to share with you my story, an epic journey that took me all around the globe. Currently, I spend my time traveling to distant lands, eating exotic foods and going on adventures with the interesting people I meet along the way. This story is not for the faint of heart, and if you’re interested in becoming a blogger, I would recommend you pay attention!
The epic tale of this luxury travel, food and lifestyle blog began in May of 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. Looking back, it was easy to see that this was a transitional period in my life. I had already been living in Thailand for a few years and my feelings were changing. Little did I know that within a year from starting the blog, I’d break up with my girlfriend and move to Korea.
One night, I was out to dinner with a friend from London at a Vietnamese restaurant that absolutely blew our minds. As we were eating, we discussed how great the food was and out of the blue, Kate suggested that I start a food blog! It was like a nuclear bomb exploded in my head! I was instantly overwhelmed with questions. How come I had never thought of it before? How did they make these shrimp rolls so delicious? Why am I so good looking? It was all quite powerful.
I was always crazy about food. My world revolved around where and what I would eat for as long as I could remember. However, I never thought about starting a blog. Lucky for me, I had been creating websites for about 10 years prior and thus had the skills needed to create the beautiful masterpiece that is PIERREBLAKE.com. From the idea to the conception, it only took a day! Obviously, my first article was about that very Vietnamese meal where this glorious idea came to be. What a magical and savory beginning. Wink.
For the next round of articles I focused on food that I was already eating copious amounts of in Bangkok. I got my first big break when I connected with an old classmate from Michigan State University. Lucky for me, he worked at the prestigious Mandarin Oriental hotel in Bangkok. He soon put me in touch with the marketing department and we arranged a deal for full hotel media coverage. Once I had that original Mandarin Oriental hotel article under my belt, there was nothing stopping me! From then on, I began working with very high-end hotels and restaurants alike. This snowballed and blossomed into a very hefty snowman!
The more content I created, the more opportunities that presented themselves. A short while later, I was invited all over the globe. One of my most memorable invitations was on a French river cruise in the South of France, summer of 2016. There were several points in my writing career where I felt like I made it and the cruise was undeniably one of them!
For me, it was never about a paycheck. It’s always been about the remarkable travel and eating adventures that I get to partake in! I’m currently working on finishing up my book that will give a much deeper glimpse of how I live my life along with the philosophy behind it. Yes, I’d be happy to mark you down for a copy or 10. Wink.
Maybe my story is a bit less thrilling then expected, but that’s actually the point I wanted to make. If I can do it, you can do it. Creating a new website doesn’t have to be a huge process. If you have a passion, stop thinking about doing it and just make it happen! I’m thrilled that I discovered this amazing career path. Blogging has really led me in a fantastic direction and I’m very excited to see what the future holds! If you’re looking for any advice on starting your own, feel free to drop me a message!
For now, take care, happy travels and stay tuned for my book which is coming soon!