the 'We Are Travel Girls' London meet-up

We Are Travel Girls is an online female travel community where women can share their experiences on the road. It's one of my favourite travel blogs because it's collaborative, informative, and the pictures are always so beautiful. 

I was messaged about a meet-up in London, open to the women who have connected through the We Are Travel Girls blog, Instagram, or Facebook page. What luck, right? I'd be in London at the same time as these wonderful women were gathering.

And so that was my Saturday afternoon made. 

Due to the rain that decided to grace us, the meet-up was moved from Hyde Park to a South Kensington pub {The Duke of Clarence}. PIMMS was served, in true British fashion.

I got to meet and mingle with women from all over the globe. Some of the ladies are over for the summer studying. Others have been living here for years now. There was a woman I spoke with extensively that works as a tour guide, attempting to create tours that focus on small, but significant, local history that doesn't include the Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace. I also got to talk in depth with a passionate woman who has created the raddest architectural guide books to major cities, starting with London. 

photo c/o  Serena Houdrouge  via We Are Travel Girls

photo c/o Serena Houdrouge via We Are Travel Girls

Together, we discussed what we value in travel experiences, in blogs and books, and our favourite {and least favourite} destinations. I also got to share how important I think it is to write with voice on a blog. My main point summarized like this:

Content will create audience interest. Voice will create audience investment.
— me

And we all agreed. If you feel like you know a writer, you're in it for the long haul. You're committed, ya know? It felt really special knowing I wasn't alone in my belief that personal narrative hasn't died. 

Here are just some of the Instagram handles for the amazing women I got to chat with:

I hope I get to catch up with these women again at another We Are Travel Girls event. I left feeling so inspired to create and collaborate. I also got the low-down about the best places to take photos of Oxford Circus {thanks, Virginia} and the real history of Hyde Park {thank you, Misha}.