If you are ever looking for inspiration to give in and follow your dreams, seek out Erin’s posts about her travels and follow her on her various adventures.
Erin is a former middle school English teacher turned travel blogger. For over five years, she has dedicated her free time to developing her travel blog and brand, The World Wanderer. Her main focus is to inspire people to experience the world through a local experience which includes food, culture, music, nature, and people. Her adventures have taken her to twenty-eight countries across six continents, and she has developed relationships and created partnerships with tourism boards and travel companies worldwide. She recently traveled to India to get her yoga teacher certificate and is currently teaching yoga in her free time.
me: What inspired you to start participating in social media?
Erin: At first, I didn’t really see the need to participate in social media, but after I had been writing my blog for a few months and wasn’t seeing the traffic I was hoping for, my brother suggested that I join Twitter. I was completely overwhelmed by the idea and didn’t see how I would benefit, but that quickly changed. I developed a community relatively fast and created friendships I still have today. From there, I began looking at social media in an entirely new light, and now I jump on a new outlet as soon as it comes out.
me: What is the best opportunity that you have received since you started participating in social media?
Erin: I have been really fortunate to have had some amazing opportunities because of social media, but I think that one of the best was collaborating with Fluent City, a language school in Brooklyn. We connected on Twitter a few years back, and a few months later, they asked me to speak about starting a travel blog. It was a free workshop for their students and I was so nervous, but it pushed me out of my comfort zone making me realize just how much I loved speaking on the topic. After two more free workshops, I realized that this was something I wanted to pursue. Now, I will be presenting workshops on social media and digital storytelling through the school in the next few months, and I am planning on bringing them abroad by the end of the year. If I hadn’t connected with Fluent City through Twitter, I am not sure that this is something I would have had the confidence to do.
me: What is the biggest challenge of having a voice on social media and how do you handle it?
Erin: I think one of the challenges is keeping true to yourself and staying authentic, especially when you know that not everyone is. I may not always get the most likes on some of my posts, but I want to make sure people know that not everything about my life is glamorous. I think one of the major flaws of social media is that it doesn’t always present reality to the world because let’s face it, reality isn’t always pretty, but it’s what’s true. As a former teacher, I think it’s important to show everything, the beautiful and the not so beautiful so that we can give people, especially children and teens, a real picture of the world. The media makes it hard enough, and I think that those of us who have a voice on social media should make sure to keep it as real as possible.
me: Any suggestions about what tech or social trends we need to be watching
Erin: Currently, it seems to be all about live streaming video. I prefer making videos using Flipgram and Snapchat, but realize I have to get into Periscope soon, as live streaming seems to be where things are really going.
Also, if you’re located in the NYC area, the workshops I mention above start at the end of January. You can find them on Fluent City’s website, as well as on mine.