First of all, welcome to my new website, KeytaHawkins.com! You may be familiar with my old website, The Wayfarer, which I had written since 2014. I suppose a lot can change in 5 years, including me. For some time now I’ve felt that things needed an update and so I decided a new name, domain and website were in order. Granted, KeytaHawkins.com may not be the most imaginative, but it keeps things simple, which I am all about these days. I’ll still be writing primarily about travel but I also want to introduce a bit more lifestyle-driven content, and felt the old branding was a bit restrictive.
My relationship with blogging goes back a long way – for me starting The Wayfarer was a good decision. When I first started it, my mum was the only one who read it, which we used to joke about. Although it’s always been a humble blog, at the time travel blogging wasn’t saturated like it is today and having a niche helped The Wayfarer to quickly cultivate a readership. When it was at its peak (which perfectly timed with when I finished uni) I spent about a year solely blogging and freelancing, which took me all around the world on press trips and I was lucky enough to work with some big brands in travel and hospitality. It provided a foot in the door for many things and I built up a fantastic set of contacts, which still serves me to this day. That’s not to mention the fact that I’ve met some friends for life through it.
These days, blogging is still something that I do on the side and I don’t ever see myself giving it up. Usually, it’s hastily written during fleeting moments of free time, so it’s not always perfectly produced or as frequently updated as I would like it to be. But I do love writing, moreover, producing content that may inspire someone to take a trip or do something that they otherwise would not have (and I certainly know that other blogs that I have read have inspired me in the same way).
I’ve been off the radar building this new website (which is still somewhat under construction) and updating and sprucing up some of my old content. I’ll leave you with some snaps from the past few months. I know I said I would do a ‘Life Lately’ blog post every month but hopefully now, with the new website up and running, that will happen! Thanks for reading! Kx
Trip to the beautiful city of Bath.
Weekend in Bristol.
Lunch at the Gardener’s Cottage, Tatton Park.
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