Last night we had our weekly #NZbloggers chat, hosted by the wonderful Contiki NZ. It focused on travel and blogging about travel. Needless to say, by 9pm we were all itching to buy tickets to some far off, exotic location.

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At 8pm, NZ time, the conversation started with the first question on what locations are at the top of our travel bucketlists! Greece and Japan were two common answers, along with a huge number of other dreamy locations. Most of us all just kind of want to explore pretty much everywhere though.

Another point that came out of this first question was how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful country already, and so there is also a lot of travelling and exploring to be done in our own lush backyards!

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In terms of a good travel post, and what makes it worth reading, the answers boiled down to people sharing their tips and individual experiences. Readers want help on planning amazing holidays, but they also want the blogger’s personality to come through (and this helps separate a good travel blog from a guide book).

It turns out that a lot of us create wishlists of countries we want to visit based off some of the memorable travel posts we read (ah, if only money wasn’t a factor in our travel decisions)! As well as this, a few bloggers had used the recommendations from travel blogs to help them in getting the most out of a trip, help with understanding local customs or in some cases, influenced where people chose to go.

When posting about a specific destination, people said they were inspired by new experiences, tips they learnt whilst travelling or hidden secrets that they wanted to share with their readers! Overall, having an amazing time somewhere gives people motivation to rave about their adventures to others (lucky for all of us readers who are armchair travelling).

Lastly, Rebecca asked whether people were likely to post negative experiences as well as positive ones. This had a mixed response, some people would not want to complain about things on their blog, or felt like it was only worth sharing the good moments publicly. The other main point of view was that by sharing the honest truths of travel (which is always going to have its ups and downs) you can help others learn or avoid the same experiences. Some people also felt that a travel blog that wasn’t 100% positive would feel more honest and reliable.

People seemed to agree that as long as the negativity was done in a constructive way, there wasn’t a problem with it.

Another week over, another great hour talking travel and blogging! Thanks heaps to Rebecca and Contiki NZ for hosting us tonight.

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