The coronavirus pandemic continues to complicate many areas of our country and one of the worst hit sectors, without a doubt, is tourism. There are no foreign trips and no internal flights. It was stipulated that the planes with passengers were going to fly again from September, but since the peak of infections is still high, it was kicked for later: from the Ministry of Transport they moved the date to October 1. While there are no certainties, at some point the trips will be reactivated. And there will be Leila Aisen, with his blog AmarViajar to follow leaving tips of all kinds, such as personal (facing journeys with a young child) or general. In the latter, adventure tourism can be very important for national tourism.
"I always liked adventure tourism. I think it is a different way of connecting with a place and with nature", Leila told Ole, searching unite two worlds: sport, in this case outdoors, and tourism. Precisely, she bets on that union to travel our country when the pandemic leaves us: "Many of us will be looking for relaxation in a natural environment, and I think adding some adventure tourism is a good mix to make a different trip. You have to demystify that you have to travel very far to do adventure tourism, because in Argentina there are many destinations that offer first-rate alternatives ".
Leila, from AmarViajarBlog.
Also, he knows about the topic: during his travels around the world he made rafting, canopy (zip line), trekking, rappelling, rubber, bow and arrow, kayaking, parasailing, snorkelling … Likewise, he clarified that all levels of adventure tourism were not encouraged, such as bungee jumping. Much of this can be seen on his blog, which was born out of the "desire to share my advice", and also on networks such as AmarViajarBlog (en Instagram, Twitter, Youtube and Facebook). "I give practical tips to travel better while spending less, and since I was a mom, I also talk a lot about traveling with kids. There is a myth that when you have children, travel is over ", said Daniel's partner and Ari's mother.
-How was the blog born? and tell me a little in your words what it is about.
-My blog AmarViajar.com was born in early 2016, and then came Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and later YouTube. Many people asked me for travel tips that I had done, and suddenly I found myself forwarding the same email to everyone. It made me want to share my advice on a blog. I had already blogged about other topics, and I've been writing since I was little, so it was very natural. In addition, I am a Journalist and BA in Social Communication, and I have been working in Digital Marketing since 2005. Everything is related! Sometimes I even write about travel in different media and have done radio.
-What kind of advice do you give?
-In my blog I give practical tips to travel better by spending less, and since I was a mother I also talk a lot about traveling with children. It is not a travel chronicle blog, although I obviously tell my experiences, but I always think about what things about my travels can help my readers' future trips. I'm not a nomad traveler either: I have my job and my family in Buenos Aires, and I'm a frequent traveler. Many people believe that you have to have a lot of money, time or knowledge to travel, and I come to demystify that by giving useful advice.
-Is it your way of life or do you work for something else?
-Definitely I do not live from the blog, but it opened many doors for me. In fact, the blog does not generate income for me. It seems very important to me to be transparent in everything, and in this also because there are myths around bloggers or travel "influencers". I blog because of my passion to write, tell and help. Sometimes some providers invite me or give me something to share my real experience, and the truth is that I never talk about things that I do not know, and I would not recommend something that I did not like. Those who follow me know it and value it, because it is something that shows. It took me a long time to build my reader base and my credibility, and it's not something I would put at stake. I also have some affiliate links, which when my readers use them not only do not generate an extra expense but they can even get a discount, and I have credit on a website to travel or buy something. Like most blogs, I have banners that give me pennies if someone views or clicks on them. As I usually say, the blog does not give me income but allows me to give myself some likes.
-There is some gain, but also effort.
-I make my blog practically free but not only do I invest a lot of time, but also money in hosting, design, etc … That is why those who want to support the project can do so voluntarily. In my blog I explain all this. My current job is as a travel journalist in Best Destinations. It is the largest travel website in Brazil, which arrived in Argentina in 2019. So although I live on something else and not on the blog, it is all related and I love it.
Leila, from AmarViajarBlog.
-What is it like to travel the three of you and travel the world?
-Its beautiful! There is a myth that when you have children, travel is over. In our case it was not like that. Since the pregnancy the trips were not cut. Of course, trips are different, because you always think about the comfort and well-being of children, just as you do on a daily basis. When they ask me where to go with boys, I don't know what to answer, because almost all destinations are suitable for babies. I think it has more to do with how we are going to take the trip and how we adapt to the needs of the children. Bring everything they may need, stop when they are tired, do not skip meals, be prepared for unforeseen events, etc.
-What was the first trip with your son?
-My son is already 2 years old. His first trip was when I was 4 months old when I went alone with him to Brazil for a work meeting. It was really an adventure to travel abroad alone with my baby so young. Then my husband joined us and we went to Rio de Janeiro. At 8 months we went to Córdoba, with 10 to Entre Ríos, with 11 to Mendoza, with 1 year to Europe, a month later to Bariloche, with 1 year and 4 months to Uruguay, and at a year and a half several trips to Buenos Aires. There is info on all trips on my blog and on Instagram. They were all beautiful, some for work in which they could accompany me, and others for pleasure.
Leila, from AmarViajarBlog.
-Why does adventure tourism attract you?
-Always I liked adventure tourism. I think it is a different way of connecting with a place and with nature. And you also do things that you generally do not have access to where you live, or it does not occur to you to take the time for that.
-Tell me your experiences and recommendations to those who do not dare.
–Within my experiences of adventure tourism I did rafting, canopy (zip line) and trekking in Bariloche and Mendoza; rappel in the NOA; gomón under the Iguazú Falls; bow and arrow in Entre Ríos; kayaking in Thailand; parasailing in Playa del Carmen; snorkelling in Israel, Brazil, Mexico and Thailand; balloon ride in Turkey; I climbed the pyramids of Teotihuacán in Mexico; and I even did jungle safaris in South Africa.
-Ah well, everything.
–There are different levels of adventure tourism, and I admit that I do not encourage all of them. For example, in Salta I did not do Bungee Jumping at the Cabra Corral Dam. For those who have never done anything, I recommend learning about all the options out there, looking for serious companies that take all the security measures, and watching videos first to know what to expect. If you have already made the decision, when the time comes do not think too much and Launch into adventure!
Leila, from AmarViajarBlog.
-Adventure tourism within the country may be an option for this year, without being able to travel abroad.
-Without a doubt! Even when traveling abroad, I think it is a great time to enjoy the beautiful places we have in Argentina. And in the middle of a pandemic, what better than going to a natural destination? Many of us will be looking for relaxation in a natural environment, and I think adding some adventure tourism is a good mix to take a different trip. You have to demystify that you have to travel very far to do adventure tourism, because in Argentina there are many destinations that offer first-rate alternatives.
-Is adventure tourism the closest thing to sport in your life?
-I'm not going to lie to you, I'm not a sports fan. As a child I participated in school tournaments playing volleyball and handball and I liked it, but it was never something that I was passionate about and I did not continue playing. I did study different dance disciplines for several years, but I don't think they count as a sport … Today I just go for a walk and do yoga.
–I'm a River and Gallo fanBecause, although I have lived in CABA for several years, I am from Morón.
-How did the virus affect your blog / work?
-The tourism industry is one of the most affected by the pandemic, and travel blogs are no exception. AmarViajar.com came from a record of visits in 2019, with many published posts and a constant rhythm. But as The quarantine began in Argentina, the visits began to decrease. And it makes sense: no one was looking for info to plan their next trip.
-And there how did you react?
-I was unmotivated at first, but I didn't want to throw away all the work and time invested, and like many I reinvented myself. In my case, the reinvention consisted of modifying the content a bit and writing fewer travel tips and more experiences to enjoy at home, how to deal with travel cancellations in times of Covid-19, how to plan trips that can be canceled without charge to avoid taking risks, how to shop abroad from Argentina, and things like that. The new content in times of coronavirus was very well received by my audience.
-You also see a lot of movement in your networks.
-I focused more on social networks, especially on Instagram which is where I began to have a greater response from readers, who every day ask me what to do with their canceled trip, where to go when all this is over, what I would do in his place, and so on. Today, it is the fastest growing network with the most interaction. I am convinced that travel bloggers help travelers, and I myself read a lot of blogs and there is good vibes with my colleagues. Everyone has their place in the industry: we are not an agency, not a tour guide, not a travel magazine, not a destination book. The reader of travel blogs looks for another type of information and daily closeness, someone from the other side willing to help, and here we are to tell our experiences and answer questions.