Hi there! I’m Stephanie from The Atlas Edit, a travel blog featuring detailed and honest destination guides, travel hacks and tips, and wanderlust inspiration. I started this blog because I wanted to share my very comprehensive itineraries with people, and encourage them to see the world in as much detail as possible. I always put in a lot of effort into my travel planning, so I figured it would be a waste if it just kept them to myself!
One of the top questions my friends would ask me was “Where in the world are you now?” cause I traveled so much, and they often came to me for travel advice. So I figured, there must be more people out there wondering about how to travel, and travel well. So, The Atlas Edit was born!
How did you decide your blog’s name?
I initially had a travel blog on Blogspot that was called The Itinerary Collective, because I was uploading my itineraries there. But I found that it was too much of a mouthful, and ‘itinerary’ is one of those words that’s often misspelled! So I sat down one day with a notepad, and wrote down words that I really liked, that would represent me “writing my way through the globe”, and so I settled with The Atlas Edit, polled a few friends, and the rest is history!
How long have you been blogging for?
I actually started casually blogging in 2003, and jumped from blog to blog since then. They were mostly personal ones that I used to update my friends and family, and also to share my personal thoughts.
The Atlas Edit is my first attempt at full-time blogging, and it is is officially a month old now!
What plans do you have in the future for your blog?
I’d really like to build up my database of articles, as I have so much backlog of cities I have visited but haven’t yet documented! I’m also working on a Travel Tips series that will provide readers with the tools to travel, and travel well!
I’m also working on some freebies to offer my readers like a Travel Planning Guide, and an e-book someday!
I know it’s a long list, but I also want to start a series on how anyone can start their own blog and hopefully turn it into passive income one day!
Does your blog cover anything else other than travel?
Blogging tips and my blogging journey.
What can our readers find on your website?
The Atlas Edit features honest and comprehensive travel itineraries, destination guides and travel tips curated by an obsessive perfectionist, aka me, who doesn’t miss out on all the important details of a trip!
Do you have any travel tips or advice for our readers that might want to start a travel blog?
Just start. Sign up for a WordPress or even Blogger, and start writing. Then only will you discover your voice and what exactly you want to put out into the world. Everything else will follow.
Look at other travel blogs and see what appeals to you, and then learn from it.
What are some of the highs and lows of travel blogging?
My favorite part about travel blogging is that I get complete creative freedom in what content I produce. I set my own goals and benchmarks, and I am location independent! My time is really flexible too so I can work anytime–but this comes with a downside. Although I am able to work anytime, I work almost every time. All of my waking hours are spent on my blog, and even on weekends.
One of the early drawbacks about travel blogging, or any type of blogging in fact, is that it can get pretty lonely. It’s quite hard to explain to friends and family who are non-bloggers what you’re doing exactly, and they can’t really grasp the challenges that you face day in and day out. So it really helps to have an online community of bloggers to connect with!
It sometimes also gets tiring to be traveling and yet having to take a million pictures and videos to include in your blog. I often feel like I’m missing out on the actual experience by constantly looking through a screen. But it’s a fine balance that you have to strike and it takes some practice.
What type of traveler are you? & how do you manage to work 9-5 and travel?
Up until January 2017, I worked full-time and still managed to travel. I would take shorter trips whenever there were long weekends, and then I would accumulate my annual leave for the end of the year when my office would shut down for a few weeks during Christmas and New Year. This was when I would take longer holidays and go to further destinations.
However, after I quit my job, I started traveling more regularly, but I consider myself a hybrid nomad, cause I’m out of the country most of the time, but I still always return home after every trip.
What sites or other resources do you use to decide where and when you will go to a certain place or destination?
I love Google Trips and its Explore feature! Instagram and Pinterest are also great visual tools in helping find travel inspo.
What’s been some of your favourite destinations & why?
- Myanmar – Only having opened its doors to tourism a few years ago, I loved how authentic the country is, and it’s something that is really rare nowadays. You get to see the country without any foreign influence, so the local culture is still really strong here. The food is awesome too!
- New York – I love that there is so much going on every second, and it’s a city that really resonates with my soul.
- Tromsø, Norway – This is where I caught the Northern Lights for the first time, and it was absolutely surreal. This little town is so beautiful and serene, I’d love to retire here one day.
What equipment do you use to blog or for your blog?
For photography, I use a Sony A6000 which is a mirrorless camera. I love it because it’s compact yet takes high-quality photos. Some shots are taken with my Samsung Note 8, and video with a GoPro Hero 4. I then use Adobe Lightroom for editing on my iMac and MacBook Pro.
Do you have any photography or making travel videos tips?
I often look up to photographers and videographers on Instagram and Youtube, and try to learn from them. And then it’s all about finding your style and practice, practice, practice!
What’s the TOP blog posts on your page?
- 4 Days in New York: A Non-FOMO Itinerary for First Timers
- 2 Days in Seville: Top Things To Do in Seville, Spain
- How To Plan A Trip Like A Pro: The Ultimate 8-Step Guide
Do you have any tips or suggestions on how bloggers can earn an income from blogging?
Be patient. You’re probably not gonna earn a few thousand bucks in your first month blogging, but with a lot of hard work, you will get there. Start by building really good quality content, and build the trust with your readers. Always put your readers first, making money second.
Top 5 Bucket-list Destinations?
- North Korea
- Peru – I love llamas!
- South Africa
Top 5 travel experiences you can’t wait to try out or do?
- Swim with whale sharks!
- Get my diving license and dive the Great Barrier Reef before it completely dies 🙁
- Float in the Dead Sea
- Watch the sunrise on the Grand Canyon
- Hike up a volcano
Was there a place you visited that did not live up to your expectations & why?
I personally did not like San Francisco as much as a lot of people told me I would. I didn’t really like all the hills as well, which might have been a contributing factor!
What’s in your travel bag? Name 5 travel essentials always in your bag?
Hand sanitizer, camera, extra lenses and batteries, portable charger and noise-canceling earphones.
What travel apps do you use?
Google Maps, always! I love that I can download offline maps and navigate around a city even though I don’t have data. For finding food, I always turn to Yelp! Or Zomato.
What are 3 things travelling has taught you?
- Shit happens, and you just gotta roll with the punches. That’s what life is all about!
- Not everything will go to plan, and most often, the best experiences are the unexpected ones.
- A smile goes a long way, especially to break down language barriers 🙂
Have you encountered any travel mishaps or scary moments? If so, what happened?
One New Year’s Eve, we booked an apartment in Rome, and it was absolutely beautiful and spacious. It had a glass ceiling with a rooftop terrace you could climb out into. The night of New Year’s there were fireworks going on throughout the night, and we were fast asleep, but we kept hearing a banging noise, assuming it was fireworks. The banging continued until it sounded like something had caved in the glass roof, so we ran out of our rooms to take a look, and I saw a figure of a man running across our rooftop terrace. The guy had tried to break in using a huge potted plant, so he managed to make a hole in the glass roof. We called the police but the police didn’t speak English and neither did we speak Italian.
It was such a scary night, but thank God there were neighbors there to help us, as the guy had tried to break into their apartments too. Apparently this dude was high on something, and the police caught him eventually. Phew!
Do you have any recommendations for cities and beach places that you have visited and loved? What was good about these places?
I’ve mentioned this before but I think there’s no better city than New York City! It’s got everything you would want in a city, and there is always something going on. There’s just a vibe that’s indescribable!
Having lived in Perth, Western Australia for 5 years, I still think Australian beaches are some of the best I’ve been to so far. With the soft, white sand, and clear waters, there’s no way you can’t go to the beach every day in Summer!
What are 5 things you wish you knew about blogging before you started?
I think I researched quite a lot before I started blogging, so there isn’t anything really surprising to me. It’s definitely a lot of hard work and commitment, but one thing that I wish I knew was how lonely it can feel sometimes. Unless you have friends who are also in this industry, it’s quite hard for other people to relate to what you’re doing day in and day out. So it helps to have a community of bloggers to establish friendships with and help each other out.
Also, the title ‘blogger’ is actually a really loaded word that doesn’t really describe your job responsibilities very aptly. You’re actually your own writer, editor, proof-reader, social media manager, email marketing manager, SEO consultant, graphics designer, photographer, video editor, and the list goes on!
Where do you see your travel blog in two years?
I hope to be able to establish my blog as a well-trusted name in the travel industry, and meet fellow travel bloggers around the world and establish friendships from there. I’d also like to work with companies and do press trips, and sponsored posts, to eventually be able to turn it into a full-time income.
Please share 1 travel quote you love.
The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page.
– St Augustine
The Atlas Edit features honest and detailed destination guides, travel tips and hacks, and wanderlust inspiration to help you travel often, and travel well.