Today during the workshop titled Travel Blogging. Basic Skills the participants of the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students were joined by Federal Tourism Agency Head Oleg Safonov, popular travel-blogger Ilya Safonov, and FollowMe project creators Murad and Natalia Osman.
In his speech, Oleg Safonov told about the conditions for tourism in Russia today and our country’s natural wealth: “It is great that you travel around the globe and see other places. However, weliveinRussia. Weareahugecountry. We are a country that has almost everything apart from tropical seas.” Oleg Safonov emphasized the advantages of travel-blogging: “Tourism offers great opportunities. Peoplemakemoneyontourism. Whatistourism? Impressions, feelings, sensations – the things we are discussing here today. Opportunitiesaresimplyunlimited.”
Popular travel blogger Ilya Varlamov told about the beginning of his professional activity. He was interested in traveling. When he started, there were far less possibilities than today. Ilya combined his passion with the most popular social network of the time – Live Journal. That was the way his blog saw the light.
Varlamov shared one idea that gave everyone pause for reflection. “If you don’t start fulfilling your dream, someone will hire you to fulfill theirs.”
There was a place for lifehacks at the workshop as well. For example, Ilya shared that the best time to visit a foreign country is during national festivals and holidays. Every country has its traditions and customs that are reflected best in “cultural events.” In order to attract readers, the blog should not just tell the story of your trip as if you are sharing it with your close friends or parents, but also touch upon controversial social topics like religion, gay parades, politics.
Ilya concluded his speech with the following message: “Don’t sit still, you have so many opportunities to see the world!” Then, he added: “Just joking, I don’t need competitors,” which made the audience explode with laughter.
The creators of FollowMe project Murad and Natalia Osman told how a joint trip to Barcelona gave rise to their project. A random picture unexpectedly went viral making them famous.
They encouraged the participants not to chase money, but dedicate themselves to something they truly enjoy. “Creative and bright projects with talented people like you will be much more rewarding and sincere, than fast money making projects.”
Natalia’s final remarks were followed with a storm of applause: “You can travel to the nearest towns. The world is wonderful. Russia is gorgeous, indescribable, beautiful, and some of our most memorable trips were made around Russia.”