The Imperfect Travel Blogger
I want to let you in on a little secret: Most of the time, I feel like a failure as a travel blogger.
Yep. Big time. I look at the Insty feeds of younger, skinnier, more successful travel bloggers in their perfect outfits and perfect makeup as they pose in front of perfect skylines with their Dior handbags...and I feel like absolute crap. Like an imposter. A wannabe. A fraud.
I'm a 31-year old chick whose husband left her for a girl who was barely out of her teens.
I'm 5"2 but curvy as hell, with big boobs, chubby thighs, wobbly belly and a butt that sticks out.
I have a snaggletooth, my left eye crinkles when I smile, and I'm as blind as a bat.
I've seen 21 countries in the world, but I have $5 in my bank account.
I drink beer, eat burgers, dance on bars, swear too much, live in Havaianas, don't wear girly clothes, and have no desire to ever have children.
'I suck at life. Who would ever want me as an ambassador for their travel brand?' I often think.
But that's who I am. Perfectly imperfect me. I might not look like the other travel babes out there with their perfect photos, but I have a wild love for travelling and adventure that few others can match.
I'm honest. I'm raw. I'm authentic. And I could out-dive their asses any day of the week...
The photo above is me exploring the coastline in Fiji with my partner in love and travel, Dan. I'm not wearing any makeup, my hair is messed from diving, and all my chubbiness is on show. Ugh.
But at this moment, I didn't give a shit about looking like other travel bloggers - I just wanted to figure out how to haul my ass up that tree. I never did figure it out...
What makes you perfectly imperfect? Take some time to think about it today and then celebrate the shit outta' it.
Because real travellers don't give a shit about how the world looks - they care about what it feels like to be out there and a part of it.
The aim? To celebrate and share the things that make us imperfectly perfect - the flaws we would normally hide - through social media. Because damn, it sure does get hard trying to look 'perfect' all the time.
Check out the #imperfectlymeVG hashtag on Instagram to see what went down.