Have you ever travelled with a travel blogger? Let’s just say, we’re not normal.

Travel bloggers are a different breed, and require a certain level of patience if you happen to be his or her travelling companion. And if you don’t believe me, follow along as I use a recent visit Henk and I paid to Orillia, Ontario, to illustrate 3 reasons why you should never travel with a travel blogger – and 1 important reason why you should:

Reason #1 Not to Travel With a Blogger: Hotels

Travel with a blogger and you’ll never look at hotels the same way again. First of all, don’t even THINK about flopping down on that hotel room bed, no matter how exhausted you may be when you arrive!

No, when you’re with a travel blogger, you can expect that he or she will be running around with a camera, turning on side lamps for that nice ambient glow, fluffing pillows if they aren’t already, and squeezing into the farthest corner of the bathtub to make sure to capture the entirety of the bathroom and all its luxurious appointments.

Blogger's eye view of the Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn

Blogger’s eye view of the Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn in Orillia, Ontario.

Even shampoo bottles can become the subject of a still life photo when captured just so.

Separate shampoo and conditioner: always the sign of a good hotel!

Separate shampoo and conditioner at the Best Western Mariposa Inn: always the sign of a good hotel!

Better still, if there’s a chocolate on the pillow or a fresh flower arrangement? Oh happy day – this is hotel review heaven for the travel blogger! But stay out of their way – and their picture – or you might find yourself waiting in the hallway until the photo shoot is over.

Not to worry, though, once the pristine perfection of the place has been captured, go ahead and dive into that duvet decadence. Just don’t take up too much ‘voltage’ for your own amenities, because once your blogger companions’s electronic gadgetry gets unpacked, you’ll be lucky to find an unoccupied outlet for your hair dryer or shaver! Why is that you ask? Read on MacDuff:

Reason #2 Not to Travel With a Blogger: No-Outlet Frustration

Sure, travel bloggers may brag about travelling light, and claim they can squeeze everything they need for a 3-week long hiking adventure into one tiny carryon, but I call “Bull****!” on that one.

A small sampling of the outlets required to keep a blogger suitable charged up.

A small sampling of the outlets required to keep a blogger suitably charged up.

The amount of batteries and cordage alone that accompanies all of our various digital devices is enough to fill half of a carryon, not to mention the smart phone, laptop, GoPro, and even a drone on occasion! And heaven help you if your blogger is a photographer too, because out come the camera(s), lens(es), battery chargers, tripod, memory cards, filters and cases to fill up any free space that may have been available in your room.

Which of course means that if you are travelling with one of these digital divas, you can expect to donate every electrical outlet in the hotel room to the greater good (i.e. keeping all their devices juiced). You might even end up donating some of your own carryon space to other necessities as well, like passports, for example!

The only reason I was allowed to use one of the outlets to charge my phone was because she remembered that I had the feed to the home security camera alarm system on my phone and she wanted to see if the house was still safe!

Reason #3 Not to Travel With a Blogger: Put down the fork!

STOP! Before you tuck into that charcuterie plate, or sample your soup to see if it lives up to its promise, a travel blogger is likely to slap your hand for getting in the way of their Instagram-worthy photo.

Lake trout and shrimp over risotto with a lemon dill sauce from Grape and Olive Wine Bar and Bistro.

Shrimp and tasty lake trout with a lemon dill sauce and risotto from Grape and Olive Wine and Martini Bistro.

Better still, if they are more savvy food shooters, you’re likely to find a macro camera lens shoved inches away from your succulent rack of lamb before you even have a chance to admire the presentation on the plate. Because if we’re not capturing every nuance of that supreme of chicken, every decadent drool of your juicy heart-attack-on-a-plate-prime-rib-burger, we’re just not doing our job.

After all, you are what you eat when you are a travel blogger, and documenting that culinary decadence is as important a part of the gig as capturing the feel of the restaurant itself.

Capturing the ambience of the Grape and Olive Wine Bar and Bistro - a decidedly upscale surprise at this Best Western Plus!

Your table is waiting at the Grape and Olive Bistro – a decidedly upscale surprise at this Best Western Mariposa.

Pity the blogger who tucks into that delicious raspberry chocolate mousse before capturing its undisturbed beauty forever (Confession: I did exactly that on this trip, because after sampling its airy chocolatey goodness, I just didn’t stop! #BloggerFail)

Yup, I dove right into this before grabbing a shot. Shame on me!

Yup, I dove right into this before grabbing a shot. Shame on me.

The #1 Reason Why You Should Travel with a Blogger:

While travelling with a blogger can be a little idiosyncratic at times, there is one important reason why, if given the chance, you should travel with one, and the reason is this: a blogger’s passion is to open people’s eyes to what many people don’t see when they visit a place. And in many cases, they’ll not only open your eyes, but a few doors as well, to places you may not normally be able to visit.

Capturing a selfie in one of the Downtown Doors of Orillia art installation

Capturing a selfie in one of the Downtown Doors of Orillia art installation

Looking through this secret keyhole in Rome gives you a view across 3 sovereign states!

Looking through this secret keyhole in Rome gives you a view across 3 sovereign states!

It is through the blogger’s research and investigation that readers are likely to see things they wouldn’t have found on their own, or to experience something in a way they might never have imagined – even vicariously.

Montreal Botanical Exhibit - crane girl

Montreal’s Botanical Exhibit ‘Mosaicultures internationales’

But whether that blogger’s experience serves as inspiration, information or entertainment to their readers, the work a travel blogger does is all done to help you make the most of your own travels.

And who wouldn’t want to be part of that?

Special thanks to Ontario’s Lake Country Tourism and the hotel management of the Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn in Orillia, who hosted our visit and provided the opportunity to capture these images of our hotel stay and restaurant experience at the Grape and Olive Bistro.

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