Is It Time to Quit? 11 Years of This Battered Suitcase

by Brenna Holeman

I’ve told the story before. 11 years ago – April 12th, 2010 – I sat on my bed in Osaka, Japan, my laptop open in front of me. I had been blogging on Livejournal for years, since 2003, and in 2009 had opened up a Blogger account but had never posted. But for some reason – maybe the rain got to me that day, or I was feeling a bit lonely, or I had some time in between work and meeting up with friends – I finally wrote this blog post on my brand new blog.

It’s short and sweet, like most of my posts were for the first few years on this blog. It would be a couple of years before I’d realize I could write for a living, before I’d head to London to pursue an MA in writing, and before I had ever even heard the term “search engine optimization” or knew that bloggers were making money. I had no idea what I was doing. I just knew that I liked writing.

I blogged consistently through those first few years, sometimes posting more than 20 blog posts in a month (you can see all of those archives on the sidebar if you’re on desktop, or at the very bottom of this page if you’re on mobile).

I blogged through leaving Osaka, travelling on the Trans-Siberian railway (I didn’t have wifi for a month through China, Mongolia, and Russia, so scheduled posts for when I would be travelling), and then as I backpacked through Southeast Asia, South Asia, Australia, Central America, and South America for two years. This Battered Suitcase followed me as I moved to London, settled into life there.

It was there that I realized I could actually do this for a living. My blog traffic began to grow, and my first blogging and social media assignments soon followed. I started getting paid press trips, freelance writing opportunities, and, best of all, a secure job writing and editing with a major travel company. I felt invincible.

After over 15 years of blogging, two university degrees related to writing, thousands of blog posts here and for other companies, and countless hours online answering emails, messages, and comments, I had my dream job. I moved back to Canada and life was good; the blog was at the point of financial success through campaigns, ads, and affiliates that I could give up any freelance writing gigs and still make a very comfortable living.

And then… well, we all know what happened. Industries the world over were devastated by the tragedies of this past year, and I watched in horror as the travel industry collapsed. In what felt like the blink of an eye, companies I’d worked with for years were suddenly sending emails that they had to close their doors. People I’d worked with for the better part of a decade lost their jobs. And suddenly, I lost everything, too.

It’s weird to write about things like jobs and money when there is so much worse going on around the world, so I’d like to acknowledge the privileges I have: that I still have a roof over my head, that I have savings, and, most importantly, that everyone I love has remained healthy in the past year.

Last year, I wrote a ten year update of the blog; in it, I posted my favourite articles from the last decade of This Battered Suitcase. I also talked about how scared I was about my financial future, and that I had seen a 90% reduction in my income.

One year later, it’s hard to admit that not much has changed. That blog traffic still hasn’t really bounced back, and that my ad and affiliate income that I relied on for my bills has been reduced so drastically that I wonder if I should just delete most of my affiliate links. I have a few freelance jobs and I have a few possible campaigns lined up for the summer, both of which I’m extremely thankful for.

Winnipeg Staycation - walk the loop

But I’d be lying if I said that I felt OK about it all, and that I still have the confidence that things will go back to “normal”. It hits me like a ton of bricks a few times a day: the dream job I worked for for almost two decades is gone, and I don’t know if I’ll ever get it back to where it used to be. The last year has brought with it massive waves of anxiety, and on some days, I can’t even turn on my computer, let alone try to write anything meaningful or coherent.

I feel sad seeing the successes of others, the ones in the travel industry who have continued to flourish, and then feel guilty for feeling sad when I should instead feel happy for them. I feel angry that Canadians are still so far behind in their vaccine rollout that it’ll be months before I get vaccinated, but then I feel guilty for that, too; I should be thankful that I will get a vaccine this year at all. I feel confused that I seemingly have all the time in the world to finally work on this blog the way I’ve always dreamed, but then I sit down to write and end up staring at a blank screen for hours.

With blog numbers so low – and with it bringing very few blog comments and very low engagement on social media in comparison to the past – it’s easy for me to think that it’s all over, that what I had in those glory years will never return.

“So… what if it doesn’t bounce back? Have you thought about quitting?” The person asking me this question meant well, of course. They were just examining all angles of the situation. They were being very practical, a trait I have never been known to be.

I’ve been asked that question a few times in the past year, more than I’ve ever been asked. It makes sense. So many people have had to pivot, change careers, look for work in industries they may have not considered before. I’ve looked for writing work, although – much like in the past – all of the writing jobs I currently have came to me through this blog.

So, do I quit? After over a decade of saying I’d never quit This Battered Suitcase, is it time?

I’m sure you already know the answer: no.

Years ago, sitting on that bed in Osaka, I wrote that post because I wanted to, not because I thought that one day I’d make money off of the blog or that it would lead to so many other opportunities. It’s been a very tough year, but I honestly don’t know if there’d be anything that could cause me to ever stop writing on the blog altogether.

I do feel incredibly frustrated with myself for not taking advantage of the time I had in the past year to finally write more, to fix all of the thousands of errors on the site, and to complete all of the projects I’ve long dreamed of doing: writing another book, planning a writing course. I hate that I’ve royally effed up my newsletter, that there are so many broken links, that I am rapidly losing all of the Google rankings I had hoped to cling to .

But despite all this gloom and doom, I don’t feel lost every single day. There are days I wake up – like today! – and actually feel like writing. There are days when I feel hope for the future, confident that the travel industry will indeed bounce back.

And there are so, so many days when I feel supported by the messages I receive from all of you, of which I am so overwhelmingly grateful. There are days when I feel too overwhelmed with anxiety to answer anyone, and for that I apologize – I realize I have a lot of blog comments, FB comments, IG comments, and DMs to catch up on, but please know that I read them and love them.

11 years ago, it was raining in Osaka. Today, a spring blizzard pummelled Winnipeg, leaving our city once again covered in thick snow (hard to imagine that I was sitting in a t-shirt drinking rosé on my deck only two days ago). I have no plans of quitting this blog today, just as I’ve never thought of quitting at any point in the past 11 years.

Today, I’m focusing on the positives. I’m looking back at 11 years that have allowed me to travel all over the world, to meet hundreds if not thousands of likeminded souls, and to discover my true passion. Not many people get to say that they’ve experienced their dream job, and I’m so thankful that I can say that.

Looking forward, I feel hope. I feel hopeful that over the next year or two I can get the blog back to where it used to be. I feel excited that I have the prospects of more local campaigns on the horizon. I feel motivated to set the wheels in motion for other ideas, including a Patreon for more personal writing and a new earring company (I started making clay earrings to help my anxiety last year and I’m curious to see if could sell a few).

And as always, as I’ve said in every blog review or round-up, I am continually thankful for all of the support I continue to receive. There are some of you who have been reading since the Livejournal days, and some who have followed me from Osaka to backpacking to London to Winnipeg. I have often said that if nobody else read this blog, I would still write it. But having you here makes it all so much better, makes it feel real and meaningful. So for that, I thank you.

Winnipeg Staycation - walk the loop

I’m sitting in my office surrounded by books, wearing my boyfriend’s hoodie. Dottie is curled up in her bed near the bookshelves while Lazlow sleeps on the carpet by my feet. Jon will be home soon; he’s picking up orzo for a soup I’m making later with kale and turkey meatballs. We’ll take the dogs for a walk in the snow, maybe watch a movie, maybe drink some wine in celebration of 11 years of this blog.

There are days I struggle. There are days I feel so frustrated with having lost so much of what I worked toward that I can do nothing but stay in bed and cry. But no matter what, there are never days when I feel I’ll quit.

I never got into blogging to make money. But I also didn’t realize, when I started This Battered Suitcase 11 years ago, just how much it would become a part of me. I may change, and my career may pivot, but that? That will always be a constant. That will always be my home. And those things? Those things, you never quit. 

Here’s to the next 11 years of This Battered Suitcase. I thank you, as always, for sticking around for the ride.


I haven’t written much over the past year, but here’s the list of articles since last April:

Hot and Cold: What is Intermittent Reinforcement in Relationships?

Here Are All the Things I Haven’t Accomplished This Year in Self-Isolation

How to Read More Books

The Best Craft Breweries in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Does Travelling Define Me?

A Romantic Staycation in Winnipeg

What is Lovebombing? Warning Signs and How to Avoid It

How to Make Limoncello at Home

The Best Audiobooks on Spotify

Holy &$@% 2020, Are You For Real?

Your Guide to the Best Local Winnipeg Gifts

2020: A Year in Review

Things to Do in Brandon, Manitoba

Things to Do in Swan Valley, Manitoba

The Best Summer Day Trips from Winnipeg

The Best Seaside Towns in the UK

The Best Things to Do in Tirana, Albania

How to Get to Kotor from Dubrovnik

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Linda April 12, 2021 - 5:34 pm

I am so in awe of your bravery and your optimism in the face of this difficult period, Brenna. It would be devastating not to have This Battered Suitcase in my life! Any day there’s a new post is a good day for all of us. You have no idea of the support and comfort and joy you give through your thoughts and ideas. Sending warm rays of sunshine to snowy Winnipeg!

Marlee April 13, 2021 - 10:42 am

Like the other comments, I had to read (while at work, eeep!) and find out the fate of your blog. I’m relieved to hear you’ll keep engaging us with reflections, stories, personal anecdotes and of course, travel related experiences. I stumbled across your blog in 2016 while searching for what to wear in India & was hooked! Thank-you for taking us all along on your journey and for giving us even more to look forward to.

Brenna Holeman April 13, 2021 - 11:08 am

Aw, thank you so much, Marlee! Thank you so much for all of your support over the years, and all of your lovely comments here and on social media. I am so thankful for all of it xx

Brenna Holeman April 13, 2021 - 11:10 am

Thank you so much, mama. I don’t know what I would do without your support and your continuous encouragement. A lot of parents might have not understood this crazy dream of becoming a travel writer, but you were always right there with me with love. I can’t wait until we can be in person again and share more of these ideas! xoxoxo

Jenn April 12, 2021 - 9:08 pm

I’m not going to lie, I saw the title of this post and panicked a bit. Your blog is one of a few travel blogs that I have continuously followed over the last 6 or 7 years. I love that your blog is more stories rather than “10 things to do in XXX”. I’m glad you’re not going anywhere and I’m excited to see where you take this blog in the future.

Brenna Holeman April 13, 2021 - 11:08 am

Aw, thank you so much, Jenn! I am so grateful for your support. I am definitely not going anywhere 😀

Katie April 13, 2021 - 12:45 am

You used to reply to nearly every comment on your blog, and it seems as though you don’t do that anymore. I only bring it up because you mention people don’t comment here as much, and I wonder if that’s why? Anyway, this has been such an awful year — it’s certainly taken a mental health toll. I’m glad you won’t be quitting, but I also understand you can’t force it. Do what you need to do when you need to do it! And don’t beat yourself up for not doing certain things — we’re all just trying to exist right now. 🙂

Brenna Holeman April 13, 2021 - 10:10 am

Oh for sure, that could definitely be part of it! I’ve also seen a huge drop in engagement across all platforms in the past few years, especially on Facebook and the blog. I just don’t think as many people read personal blogs anymore as, say, 2015/2016, therefore less comments (even if I reply quickly, I tend to get between 5 and 10 vs. 30 to 50 in years past). But replying in a more timely matter (I usually get to them eventually) is definitely something I want to start doing again. That was always something I vowed to do and it’s one of those things that brings me so much joy so I don’t understand why even that gave me so much anxiety in the past year. I also owe it to the people who have commented, as I appreciate those words so much! I will try to be better at that going forward.

As always, thank you so much for your thoughts here… you have always been one to share such wisdom and support, and I am so grateful for it x

Brenna Holeman April 13, 2021 - 12:33 pm

I just wanted to add… I spent the morning going back and replying to the comments I’d missed over the past few months, and it gave me such a boost. So thank you for reminding me that I need to do that right away in the future! For some reason replying felt… scary(?) in the past year, and I don’t know why (my anxiety shows up in the weirdest of places). But thank you for the reminder that it is actually a very good thing for me to do xo

Katie April 16, 2021 - 4:12 am

Okay phew! I was so worried you’d take my comment the wrong way — like another “should” on a long list of shoulds we don’t need.

This feels like one of those chicken/egg things. When I stopped blogging a few years ago, it was beginning to feel more and more like shouting into a void. So I get that. But as a lover of personal blogs (I’m nostalgic I guess), it can feel like shouting into the void as a commenter sometimes, too, if we think the comments aren’t getting read — or worse, that we’re annoying the writer. Did personal blogs start disappearing as people started reading them less, or did people start reading them less because personal blogs are disappearing? (It’s just an unfortunate side-effect of monetization, I think. Blogs are so much work without ads, optimization, etc., that when you add in that part, it starts to feel overwhelming. But also a necessary tradeoff — the income justifies the work.)

I might be verging on annoying comment length territory here but I also wanted to add that, obviously, I wouldn’t encourage you do to something that brings you anxiety. This is your space! It always will be. The rest of us are just happy when you write — especially when it’s clear that you’re happy to be writing. It’s a gift. So thank you!

Anne April 13, 2021 - 12:43 pm

Phew, thought you were going to say you were really quitting! Your writing is always a pleasure a read even when it’s not about travel so I’m really glad you’re planning to stick around 🙂

Brenna Holeman April 14, 2021 - 12:20 pm

Aw, thank you very much, Anne! I am so grateful for your support and that you take the time to read my blog. It means so much to me 😀

Travelling pixie April 13, 2021 - 1:22 pm

Sending lots of love your way Brenna. I have been following you for years and will continue to do so as long as you write. I love your blog! Ive love that you have such a variety of content ranging from travel posts, what to wear, personal relationship posts to food and book reviews and updates. Your blog is my favourite and I always check back to see if you’ve posted anything new! I’ve travelled around South America, south east Asia, Central Asia and America with tips and info from your blog. ????
Your day tucked up in bed with Jon and food, watching back to back films yesterday sounded glorious.

Brenna Holeman April 14, 2021 - 12:21 pm

I always smile when I see your comments! Thank you so much for all of your support, I am so grateful for it. It means so much to me that you read, even though I don’t have a particular niche anymore and I feel the blog can be quite jumbled at times! And that is honestly the best thing to hear, that the blog helped even a tiny bit in your own travels.

And yes, that day was amazing, ha ha. We’ve vowed to do it at least once a month going forward!

Thanks again for your lovely comment 😀

Jess April 13, 2021 - 1:30 pm

Glad to hear you’re carrying on! I think we can all look back on the past year and say that we could’ve been more productive, but that’s OK. Here’s hoping that things start looking up this year! We are happy to read book reviews and see snippets of your pretty house until you’re back to traveling.

Brenna Holeman April 14, 2021 - 12:22 pm

Oh, for sure. NOBODY I know personally has accomplished very much in the past year, and that’s definitely OK! Thank you so much for your support, Jess, it means so much to me xo

Veronika April 13, 2021 - 1:40 pm

Oh I hear you, Brenna. My thoughts are pretty much the same, even though I have a few years less on the blog. We are still lucky but still have the right to feel shi**y too. I also didn’t do the million things I could have on the blog and see it left and right how others have actually used the opportunity a lot better. It’s okay. We’re still hanging on. A hug and here’s to getting that vaccine ASAP! (I’m hoping for summer at least)

Brenna Holeman April 14, 2021 - 12:24 pm

Oh, definitely! I know of a few bloggers who really ramped things up in the past year, but I think for the most part a lot of us were just treading water, trying to keep our heads from going under. I totally agree, we’re allowed to feel crappy even if we’ve had a lot of great fortune in the past! Thank you so much for your insight here, Veronika, and for your lovely comment. xo

veena April 13, 2021 - 8:02 pm

I will be here to read for as long as you feel like writing, and if one day you decide you’re done I will fully support you and continue to follow you in whatever you do. Sending you well wishes as you continue to figure out the best plans for you xx

Brenna Holeman April 14, 2021 - 12:19 pm

Aw, thank you so much, Veena. You have always been so supportive here and on social media, and I am so grateful for it xoxo

Lindsay April 14, 2021 - 3:28 pm

So happy to read this, and that you will continue on. It’s a pretty big bump (canyon?) in the road for many, but it’s people like you who write from the heart and share real travel experiences that will flourish in the end.

Brenna Holeman April 16, 2021 - 5:03 pm

Thank you so much for this beautiful comment, Lindsey. It sounds cheesy but comments like this make me want to keep writing forever! 😀

Gwendy April 14, 2021 - 3:34 pm

I love reading your blog posts, I check every two weeks to make sure I didn’t miss anything. And dont beat yourself up about how the past year went, we were all trying to survive this pandemic and still are (third wave Canada, the gift that keeps giving). You are awesome and you are doing awesome. Hang in there. *hugs*

Brenna Holeman April 16, 2021 - 5:06 pm

Thank you so much for continuing to read and for always checking, that is so amazing to hear! I’m so frustrated about the third wave but you’re right, we’re all just trying to do our best, and that’s enough. Thanks again for everything, Gwendy xo

Nicole April 14, 2021 - 6:26 pm

I love reading your writing, no matter the topic. Glad to hear you’re not quitting (tho if you ever do, that’s cool too), but don’t get too hard on yourself about the past year and not accomplishing everything. It’s been a doozy…! And I know I’ve loved and commented randomly about all your Winnipeg posts (likely on IG), but they’ve really helped a lot this past year what with not being able to visit home. Thank you. Keep on keeping on and who knows what’s around the corner for any of us. It’s always an adventure! Cheers!

Janet April 14, 2021 - 10:33 pm

You were my first travel blog I followed. I loved you for a million reasons including the KEDS sneakers. But I’ve enjoyed your new slower pace. And local touchstones. So keep it up. I’ll be here.

Brenna Holeman April 16, 2021 - 5:05 pm

Aw, thank you so much, Janet! It means so much to me that you have continued to follow along. And I still wear my Keds every time I travel, ha ha! I actually found my old pair from Southeast Asia/South America and nearly threw them away as they’re so destroyed, but decided I might get a shadow box and frame them. They’ve walked through many countries, after all!

Nikita April 15, 2021 - 11:53 am

Phew! So glad you will continue with the blog – you are such an excellent writer! I love your style and your storytelling. You are one of the few blogs I’ve come across that has real substance and I enjoy reading your posts so much. Thank you for sharing 🙂

Brenna Holeman April 16, 2021 - 5:06 pm

Oh wow, thank you so much, Nikita! That comment means so much to me, because I’ve never felt like I was very good at writing for “information” or for Google. I am so grateful that you continue to read the blog xo

Helen April 15, 2021 - 11:56 am

Glad you aren’t quitting! I think a lot of people would miss you! I’ll always be your friend and reader!

Things will bounce back… just not as quickly as we hoped. 🙁 But all will be good again someday soon! Keep going!!


Brenna Holeman April 16, 2021 - 5:04 pm

Aw, thank you so much, Helen. I look forward to so many more adventures with you! Here’s to many (many!) more years of blogging and friendship xxxx

Victoria June 8, 2021 - 5:44 pm

Can’t remember if I’ve already commented so I’m here to say (again?) that if/when you launch your Patreon I will definitely sign up!

Nicole April 15, 2021 - 12:44 pm

When I saw the title of this post I swear my heart skipped a beat! I had to skim to the end and go back and re-read 🙂 Your blog has been one of my favorites for a long time because your writing is so genuine. To me, reading along feels a bit like catching up with a friend. I would have supported any decision you made, but I’ll admit I’m pleased that you’re continuing forward. I’m happy to read along for however long you feel like writing! Thank you for your honesty, and for sharing so much of your life & experiences with us readers 🙂

Brenna Holeman April 16, 2021 - 5:08 pm

Aw, I’m sorry for the scare, Nicole! But no, I’m not going anywhere 😀 Thank you so much for all of your support, it means the absolute world to me knowing that there are people like you reading. I always wish I could have more meet ups… I am thinking of more in the future, maybe even group trips, because readers feel like friends, too! That’s my favourite part about blogging, all the people I’ve met through it. Thank you so much for your lovely comment and for the continued encouragement xo

Lizzie April 15, 2021 - 4:29 pm

Hi Brenna-I’ve left a few comments on your blog and Instagram during COVID, and I have been reading both for years. It’s out of my comfort zone to comment, but I hope that you know how appreciated your posts are by people like me!

I am so glad to hear that you’re keeping at it- your blog is by far my favorite travel blog, and also just in general blog. I check it weekly to see if you’ve written anything new, and when you have, it is a highlight of my day to read it. I think you have such a unique and relatable way of speaking through words- thank you for sharing it with us. You are truly talented. Thank you 🙂

Brenna Holeman April 16, 2021 - 5:11 pm

It means so much to me that you would get out of your comfort zone to comment… I appreciate it so much! I actually teared up reading your comment last night, because sometimes I get so in my head that I forget why I’m doing this at all. Then I see a comment like this and it just becomes so clear to me again… that I love connecting with people like you, and I love thinking of posts that I might want to read on a blog. Thank you so much for what you’ve written here, I can’t tell you what it means to me. It is going to be saved in my “read when sad” folder, ha ha! xo

Dani April 16, 2021 - 6:30 pm

I scrolled to the bottom to leave a comment and then saw this one and thought okay shit, this is EXACTLY what I wanted to say! So thank you Lizzie for so eloquently taking the words right out of my mouth, haha.

Brenna, I also feel odd commenting on blogs but yours is my favourite and seeing you write about how you get fewer and fewer comments these days made me feel guilty because I’m definitely someone who checks your blog frequently, pores over every word you say, and never leave a comment! So I am sorry about that – as a fellow blogger, I know how much getting comments from readers can give you a boost so I’ve been stupid in not doing that.

I also just read your post about how to read more books and saw that your mum is an author – I thought her name sounded familiar so I clicked on the link you posted and holy shit – The Linnet Bird is one of my all time favourite books! I picked it up in a charity shop years ago and I must have read it three times by now, I really love it haha.

Anyway, so glad that you aren’t quitting, and SO so glad to see you posting more frequently! I can’t speak for anyone else but I love your personal posts, so I’m super happy to see that they will continue 🙂


Brenna Holeman April 27, 2021 - 1:47 pm

Dani, thank you so much for your amazing comment! And I’m so sorry if I made you feel guilty for not posting more comments, that was not my intention… I, too, am awful at leaving comments sometimes, even if I’ve enjoyed someone’s post! So please never apologize for that, I so appreciate every single comment whether it’s once a post or once a year.

And that is SO COOL that you know The Linnet Bird! That book is definitely my favourite of my mum’s and I plan on re-reading it this year. I sent this comment to her and it made her day 😀

Thank you so much for your lovely words and for all of the support. I am so grateful for all of it, and I can’t thank you enough for reading and for encouraging me to keep writing. You’re the best! xo

Paige April 16, 2021 - 8:48 pm

Hey Brenna! So glad you’re not quitting (was definitely spooked by the headline, haha.) I’ve been reading since 2015 (also pretty sure some of my comments on here trace the entire dating history of my 20s in response to your stories, especially from like 2015-2017 lol!) Just wanted to send a note to say how much your blog inspired and continues to inspire me. (Thank you also for replying to a flustered, advice-seeking email from me in 2016 before I bought tickets for my first big solo trip!) While I’ve been lucky enough to keep my (now remote) job and my family and friends have stayed healthy, I miss travel so much and am looking forward to getting back to it when it’s safe to do so.

Brenna Holeman April 27, 2021 - 1:40 pm

Thank you so much, Paige – for your comment, but also for all of your comments and support over the past six years! I always look forward to your words here. It means so much to me that you have continued to read and always have something insightful to say. I also miss travelling and I can’t wait until we can all start exploring again! Thanks again, your comments always brighten my day xo

Natalie April 17, 2021 - 5:25 pm

I am so glad you are not quitting. This is far and away my favorite blog- travel or otherwise. I found you when I was living in France and have moved several times since then but always love your writing. It’s been such a hard year for so many. Your writing is amazing and so captivating.

Brenna Holeman April 27, 2021 - 1:41 pm

Oh wow, thank you so much, Natalie! I can’t tell you what these words mean to me. I am so grateful for all of your support and reading that you like the blog for non-travel content is so uplifting, as that’s kind of the direction I’m headed in (or at least 50/50). Thanks again for your lovely words, they made my day 🙂

Elesha April 18, 2021 - 6:18 am

Hi Brenna! I’ve followed your blog since 2013 – love the way you write and I feel like, in a sea of 3 gazillion travel blogs, your blog is very unique. I’m so glad you aren’t planning to stop! You’re talented and honest and fun to read. Keep sharing ❤️

Brenna Holeman April 27, 2021 - 1:43 pm

Oh wow, what an amazing comment to receive! Thank you so much for your words here, Elesha, it means so much to me that you have been reading since 2013. I am so grateful for your support, it gives me such a boost xo

Alex Zwick April 18, 2021 - 12:34 pm

Thank you for sharing with us so honestly, as always, Brenna. I’ve only left a few comments over the years I’ve been reading your blog, but just know you have a forever reader in me! xx

Brenna Holeman April 27, 2021 - 1:39 pm

Thank you so much, Alex! That is honestly the best thing I could read. I am so grateful for all of your support x

Shannon April 24, 2021 - 8:35 pm

Hi Brenna! Your blog is one of my favorite things to read. I’ve been following since ~2015 and you helped inspire me to travel solo, gave me comfort when I was living abroad for years, and then even reflected a lot of my feelings when I decided to move back home. I love your writing and read your posts on things I wouldn’t even usually read because I love your voice so much, haha. 😉 So glad to hear that you’re not going anywhere! Xx

Brenna Holeman April 27, 2021 - 1:38 pm

Aw, that is so amazing, Shannon! Thank you so much for letting me know, reading that gives me such a boost of confidence to keep writing. I can’t thank you enough for your kind words here, they mean the world to me. x

Elizabeth Rosendorf May 2, 2021 - 8:07 pm

I’m so happy you’re sticking around. I always love your posts!!! You’re a very talented writer and I hope you eventually get a book out ❤️. Sending good vibes.

Brenna Holeman May 4, 2021 - 6:54 pm

Aw, thank you so much, Elizabeth! I am so grateful for all of your support here and on social media xoxo

Crystal August 1, 2021 - 8:24 pm

Okay, the fact that I’m sitting here in Toronto googling travel blogs because I’m feeling the wanderlust after 16 months of lockdown, and I find your lovely site…

…only to find out that you’re also from Winnipeg?! ME TOO! (What’s up, St. James! Go Jets!) I love how tiny this planet is. 🙂 Gonna do a deep dive of all your posts and follow. 🙂

Martin August 27, 2021 - 5:02 am

What a wonderful mindset. Keep on keeping on! I’m a blogger too and it feels so strange to type that. I can hear my impostor syndrome acting up! Quiet at the back there!! It’s a small blog. Hardly anybody knows about it. My traffic wouldn’t give Frogger a worry. I don’t do it for the money and never will. I can’t imagine ever making money at it but that’s not why I do it.

I see so many blogs, most of them if I am honest, that seem to approach like it’s some sort of path to riches or fame. These blogs are lazily stuffed with shutter stock images, a couple of paragraphs, and hey we are done and dusted. As a blogger I know that it takes a lot of hard work to produce posts you find here. 20 posts a WEEK? That’s impressive. I manage 2 a month… and occasionally not even.

Things will surely bounce back eventually. The sun always rises. The fire burns the forest and clears the way for the green again. And even if it never does, well… you are doing something you love, chasing dreams, following your heart and that is the key to a good life.

Congratulations on 11 years and here is to the next 11 and beyond 🙂

Tammi November 14, 2021 - 4:52 pm

I just found your blog and am thankful you’re planning to continue writing! I love your frankness and the way your words come together so beautifully. Looking forward to your future posts!

ANUKRATI DOSI April 21, 2022 - 6:16 am

I love reading your blogs. And I am thankful that you did not quit.


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