Jessica Doll goes on a horseback riding adventure in Oahu, Hawaii. (hejdoll.com)
Searching for a travel guide with gorgeous photography and invaluable tips? Look no further! Jessica Doll, a photographer and avid traveler living in the San Francisco Bay Area, chronicles her trips around the world with her husband and two children on her site Hej Doll. Featuring posts that will entice you to check out breathtaking spots in California and Alaska, as well as international destinations like Denmark, Iceland, and Mexico, Hej Doll is a fantastic resource for aspiring travelers.
Jessica recently gave readers a glimpse into her life in California, photographing a trip to Davenport Landing Beach! The incredible scenery of this family-friendly location is made obvious through her skilled photography. Since beginning to document her journeys, Jessica has written about all aspects of the travel process, from packing to booking flights to sightseeing. Hej Doll is a stylish source of information that will be beneficial to any traveler!
What inspired you to start a travel blog? Was there a specific reason or an event that made you decide ‘I’m gonna start a travel blog today’?
I’ve been big on travel my whole life. When I was young, my grandparents took me all over the United States and my mom made sure I explored locally as well. There was no big light bulb event to start a travel blog, the two just came together naturally when I thought most about what I could blog about often without tire.
What have been the most challenging and the most rewarding aspects of running your blog and social media presence? Do you keep in touch with your readers?
The most challenging I’d say for sure is content creation. I have lots of ideas but running a blog as a one-woman-show makes it hard to execute them all to their best. I try to respond to comments on my blog and across all social media, and always respond to reader e-mails.
What’s your favorite place that you have visited & what’s a dream destination that you still haven’t conquered?
My very favorite place in the whole world is Copenhagen. It’s the only place in the world that I’ve traveled to and felt most at home. We’re headed to Iceland in a few weeks; it’s been a huge dream of mine so I’m excited to see it materialize.
If you had one piece of advice for people who want to travel throughout the U.S. and around the world but want to stay on budget, what would it be?
Set a budget and know your limitations. If you do all of the pre-planning and math and it doesn’t add up, go back to the drawing board or save up some more! I find that if I make travel a priority for us, it’s easier to achieve our wanderlusty dreams.