Today we’d like to introduce you to Gabrielle Sales.
Gabrielle, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
From One Girl to One World (www.from1girlto1world.com) was a vision of mine that made me want to go after the life I’ve always dreamed for myself: a life full of unique adventures found in hidden gem places and a way for me to see how I can contribute to a world that was also obsessed with that idea. Like most bloggers, passion is one thing that drives them to create, chase, and consider the endless possibilities to carry on their passion. For me, I’ve always been into travel and exploring places that set the fire inside of me. I was introduced to different places rather than home at a young age by my family from road trips to cruises, and to flights out west. My blog site, From One Girl to One World, really spelled out that vision for me while I was inspired by the exposure of places traveled, the atlas books I used to look into as a young child, the scenery photography books that were lying around my house that I marveled at, and the countless National Geographic documentaries I’d watch.
However, creating this blog wasn’t something I thought of a long time ago. In fact, it was something I made out of the blue and so sudden in 2017. I was a junior in college and recently transferred from a community college to a 4-year college. Starting new in a new school with not knowing a lot of people, dealing with the struggles as a transfer, and going on with the mundane routine between going to work and school sparked some creativity that I was lacking in my life. I’ve always had a passion for writing since I was younger, actually majoring in Public Relations and Marketing in college. I served as a journalist in my school’s papers and actually enjoyed researching and writing essays. I was also trying to escape during a lot of holiday breaks in between college to travel or explore a unique local place, leading me to a bunch of cool photos I took during my trips.
Then there it was, I thought maybe I should use my love for taking photos and writing to create a blog! A lot of those things I mentioned before though were set around my home state, New Jersey. After a month after graduating from college, I moved out of my home state and into Arizona. Before that, I was flying back and forth visiting my parents, who moved to Arizona before me. The opportunity to be out here in the west inspired me to create compelling content around the beautiful nature and places that Arizona wildly offers. I’m so lucky to be out here, even while sacrificing some things along the way like leaving my old life in the East Coast behind because it’s helping me recognize that my creativity and passion lies in the things I do around my blog From One Girl to One World. I do not only cover tips and guides of places in my blog, but I started to focus a lot on providing the interesting history that can be found in them.
I’ve also structured a lot of my content creating from my profound love for hiking and the outdoors. Where I got to today with my blog too was all because of the wonderful support from my friends and family and from this whole travel community out there! I’ve networked and connected with plenty of other travel bloggers/photographers who have a hunger to travel and create too, and they are a source of inspiration. Garnering partnerships with great brands have also become big support. All these experiences I’ve come across always gets me to keep going and turning my hobby into a business (it’s still a hobby to me, let’s be real).
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not always been a smooth road in establishing my blog site. I was very confused of how to even get started with From One Girl to One World. I started thinking of possible blog posts I’d write about and when I did, I started analyzing each blog post and seeing what I can do better, how I can write better, and what kind of photos I should add next. I wish I can say it’s as easy as slapping photos on there and writing a couple of sentences about your trip, which I’m not saying a blog can’t be like that, but I don’t feel like I’m fulfilled enough if I don’t think about what people would like to hear about when they travel similar journeys to me. I take providing value to heart.
Of course when I’m traveling, or on the road, a lot of the trips I do take are under my own expenses. I saved up a lot in the many different jobs I took up during college to travel. I took every advantage of family trips too and if a friend moved to a different state as an opportunity to travel. Running a blog out of passion that involves you spending just a little bit is normal. Building an audience is one of the most difficult things when creating a blog and I wanted beyond my family and friends to read my stuff. So, that’s where I decided that I needed to always provide quality stuff and use the marketing techniques I’ve learned from my job experiences and school to apply it to my own site. This means constant engagement in social media, SEO, pitching yourself, and more.
I started my blog out from WordPress.com, so I wasn’t always self-hosted like I am now. I wasn’t ready to take the jump then to actually start using my own money to advance my blog. However, I started listening more into the secrets of successful travel bloggers. I learned that if I wanted to be taken seriously as a blogger, I had to see my blog as an investment. I’m constantly trying ways to improve and build my brand. My site is now monetized too, taking in consideration of affiliate marketing and ads.
One of the biggest struggles in the beginning and one I still feel a bit conflicted with is naming my blog. I named my blog from just thinking of it in a couple of minutes. It’s pretty catchy, and that’s why I kept it. But, I recognized it sounds pretty long for a website and giving it a different version in my blog URL (www.from1girlto1world.com) makes it seem even more cheesier. However, I’ve already established my blog under that name for so long — there’s no turning back, hah!
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about From One Girl to One World – what should we know?
My work as a travel blogger (and as a brand) has given me a lot of experience in the blogging community. I try to focus on writing about places that are not all tourist attraction places, but putting places out there that should be explored by many. I have traveled a lot in my own country, and I believe in providing my insight on places that can be found in my own backyard, as well as a mixture of experiencing other cultures in foreign places. Arizona has been one of the biggest muse for my content because there is just so much beautiful and unique places to see in this state alone! I am not a one-size-fits-all kind of person. I love exploring cities as much as I love seeing what nature has made for us. I love national parks as much as I love a tourist attraction found in a city.
What I’m most proud of as a travel blogger/brand/creative is being able to create this opportunity to be a voice for people. Not everyone has the desire to create a blog and the work that goes behind it to talk about traveling to places and all, but this is something I love. I love sharing my side of things, my point of view or experience, and importantly, my knowledge. I really do believe in the saying “If you can dream it, you can do it,” and if I can have the opportunity to influence, I will take it.
I think what sets me apart from others like me is that I don’t mind sharing my struggles and my messy experiences in travel that can occasionally be found in my content. I don’t hide my pictures with glamorized or over-the-top filters because I want to show people how raw places and experiences look. I also think what also sets me apart is that I am fascinated by history: history of cultures, history of geological formations, history of events, history of whatever… and I try to squeeze that in my content, no matter what. I don’t want to just provide itineraries for people to gain ideas, but I want to let others know there is a world full of rich stories out there.
What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future is to keep maintaining From One Girl to One World and to keep building it up. I plan to keep sharing my adventures, old or new, to people who find similar interest in travel, the outdoors, and cultures.
I definitely would like to keep collaborating with more travel influencers and partnerships. One of my biggest dreams though is being able to work with huge outdoor companies and National Geographic (if you’re someone from there and reading this, please consider this!).
I am most especially looking forward to exploring more of Arizona’s gems and sharing what those places are… to I guess whoever will find Arizona’s tourism appealing as much as I do.
- Website: http://www.from1girlto1world.com
- Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/from1girlto1world/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/from1girlto1world/
- Other: https://www.pinterest.com/from1girlto1world/