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The best hate I got in 2015

dealing with blog hate

It’s that time of year again guys! Get excited! I’m about to drop all the best hate comments I’ve gotten over the past 12 months. Prepare to be entertained. Are you not entertained? (Gladiator reference) because I know I sure am.

I feel like every year that I do my hater round-up posts, I’m in a totally different mindset. Back in 2012 I first wrote this post as a way to confront all the mean comments I was getting and to use it as an opportunity to learn to deal with negativity online. I was upset. My feelings were hurt. It never feels good when people are mean to you, right?

The next year I was starting to own it a bit more. In 2013 I learned to laugh. But I also quickly realized very few people took my approach to dealing with negativity, and that bothered me. Isn’t it better to just laugh it off?

2014 was the year I developed some kind of empathy and began to think about my trolls, and you know what? I started to feel sorry for them.

Pity party parade over here.

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And what does 2015 have in store? Honestly, I’m just over it, and basically I want to tell everyone to fuck off. Can I do that?

Is this a sign I’m getting bitter? Wait, don’t answer that.

I don’t try and be controversial but I do believe in honesty, authenticity, and saying what you think and mean. Trust me, there is NOT enough of that on the internet, and for some silly reason, it can rub people the wrong way.

I’d rather inspire a negative reaction in people than no reaction at all. I like to provoke people to think and question things. Sometimes I think I get a lot of shit because when people bash me I don’t take it lying down. Who knows.

Anywho, now I easily laugh most of them off for now (after sharing and shaming on my Snapchat of course – YoungAdventures) because I’ve finally come to the point where I pretty much just don’t care anymore. I’ve reached my optimal level of just not giving a crap.

dealing with blog hate

You hate my blog? You hate my face? You think I must live off my daddy’s money to live this life or that I’m not authentic? Well, just remember I am laughing at you when I’m flying around New Zealand in a helicopter or when I’m sleeping on a yacht on the Great Barrier Reef or when my face is on the front page of the BBC.

(Yikes that sounds spectacularly douche-y but I can’t help it).

And you know why I just don’t care anymore? Because I made it. How many people can say that? Because I’m happy in the knowledge that over the past 6 years of blogging I have been able to turn my wildest dreams into reality. I’ve learned that there are no limits whatsoever when you set your mind to something, and the bigger the risks you take, the bigger the reward.

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This is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever written because I’ve struggled my whole life with feeling inferior, not good enough, not pretty enough, not cool enough. I’ve never been proud of myself until now.

And I am really happy about is that I have worked incredibly hard to maintain my authenticity on my blog and my channels. I’ve turned down tens of thousands of dollars over the years to try and stay true to myself on here, which trust me, wasn’t easy when you couldn’t afford rent and you have over $100 grand in loan debt.

Putting people down who have big dreams is just fucked up. Putting people down who have been successful or who are happy is even worse and just goes to show how messed up you actually are. Can’t we all just support each other instead of dragging people down?

And putting down people who have a sense of humor that you just don’t get IS WRONG PEOPLE. STOP.

dealing with blog hate

In fact, I care so little now I was almost not going to write this. There are so many other positive projects I want to work on and I didn’t want to focus on the negative more than I had to.

But lucky for you guys there were some spectacularly awesome hate comments on my blog this year, and I wouldn’t dream of NOT sharing them here in the hopes of inspiring some of you guys to shake it off and to make you laugh.

Because that’s all you can do right?

Year four of trolling. Get ready. And don’t worry, I’d only share the best of the best with you guys. And just remember before you think about trolling me, I share your hate with millions of followers

And here are my hater posts from the past 3 years for those that want to catch up. You’re welcome.

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1. Apparently I’m a tall poppy (if you are asking yourself WTF is a tall poppy, its an annoying cultural phenomenon here in New Zealand)

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So by calling me a tall poppy you are calling me wildly successful and talented? Thanks!

Found on Volcanoes in Australia

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2. Falcon displays are bad

Damn I hate people who are high and mighty. I’m all about animal conservation but falconry? One of the most prestigious and oldest traditions in the Middle East? They treat falcons better than people over there. Whinge about that.

3. Problem with sponsors

Your fucking lipton ads ruined the entire blog post. you are not a travel blogger you are a advertising agency helping pay for your luxe life. infecting 100000 minds with brands to benefit for yourself. Awful. You don’t even reference where you stay.

How do people expect me to make money? Christ. Either they hate me for doing sponsored posts or they hate me because they think I’m independently wealthy and must live off my parent’s money. WHICH IS IT? Why you so hard to please?!

Found on Sailing the Whitsundays

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4. Problem with Dubai

When I ran out of countries to visit, I will veeeeryyyy slowly make my way to the fake, overrated, shallow, silicon gold-digger filled, Dubai. Only way to get me here before that, would have to be some kind of layover or if I’m offered a minimum of 10k for a couple days Modeling or film work…It will be the last country I would visit. Afghanistan… now that’s what I call an adventure… will be going there as a solo woman next year or so. Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, Uganda, Tanzania etc, have rich history and beyond. I have been in entertainment industry for many years and I know what Dubai does … Tries to bribe big “names” so that they promote their obviously small manhood.. Only small size manhood builds places such as Dubai on the backs of slaves, who get their documents stolen and who are forced to work for laughable amounts. That’s the REAL Dubai… that nobody who is paid will ever talk about. (Story of Slavery and Abuse of slave-workers for those billionaires in Dubai is not a secret, I hope you know that). You once told me that me walking with Lions was unethical. Giving my money to Dubai is unethical to me…thanks for the laugh… a person who calls a woman “dude”, should be about 16-year-old, American idiot, who wouldn’t be able to point out Turkey or Egypt on a map. When you have over 25k readers in 190+ countries, worked in Hollywood films, modelled for legendary photographers, lived in 10 countries, traveled to over 40 and was granted and have dual citizenship, and have more than at least 100k google search results, get back to me… Dude.. until then.. take a f*ing hike.

God, gag me. I’m choking on the condescension here. Also I have zero respect for people who bash places they’ve never been to. ZERO.

Found on 25 photos that will inspire you to visit Dubai

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5. Email haters

RE: You Need to Stop

Lillian Winters <madshadow34@gmail.com>

Honestly, your “blog” does nothing but encourage people to make poor travel choices and spend unnecessary money traveling to ghettos. This is harmful and wrong. You need to stop. Take down the blog.

What is with people putting my blog in quotes? Are you implying it’s not a blog? I WILL NEVER TAKE DOWN THE BLOG! YOU CAN’T MAKE ME!

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6.  Withholding information

Why don’t you put the locations on your pics ion each entry so people can visit the places that loo so beautiful DUH? Or do you not want people to now about them?

Because I didn’t fucking feel like it, that’s why. Use your words and if you want to know where I took a photo, ask me like a grown up.

Found on Getting paid to travel

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7. I should stop flying

I suggest if you find flying so offensive. Then cease doing so. You obviously have very little experience of life. I suggest you go home to mummy and daddy, as they are probably paying for you to blog this rubbish. And then demand then send you first class so you would not be bothered by all these horrendous people.

Might be a good idea if you were asked to be placed on a seat with no-one next to you.

I very much doubt if you converse with these horrible people and also doubt they would wish to bother talking or sitting next to such a stupidly opinionated little girl.

Cheers worthier travellers

God, if only my parents would fly me first class around the world, all my problems with buffoons on airplane would be solved. But considering I can’t even get them to buy me a coffee, I doubt that will happen anytime soon.

Found on Things I wish people would stop doing on airplanes (seriously this post is just packed with hate comments towards me)

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8. I’m not allowed to dislike a teaching program in Spain

Look, I get it. Liz want a high SEO and lots of clicks, which I gave her myself.

To anyone who wants to do the program, go for it. You’ll learn, you’ll grow, you’ll start appreciating things more and you’ll have the opportunity to live and see life in a great country. Bureaucracy kinda sucks everywhere you go, and Spain will be no exception, but you have to respect whatever rules they have in place in order for you to be allowed to temporarily be part of their society. It’s just how it goes.

I think Liz does the program a great disservice by whining so much on her forum while basically ignoring how great it is. Hate is a very strong word, so readers, be not afraid, life can get challenging everywhere you go. Sure, if you are like Liz and need to be spoon fed everything in your life, have second thoughts, but if you are like the vast majority of young people; smart, energetic, curious, spontaneous and fun loving, do the program. The two years I spent in Spain because of the program were some of the best times of my life.

Do go on, please tell me more about myself. You clearly know me best, right??

Found on why I hate the auxiliar program in Spain

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9. This entire hateful forum about how much my blog sucks

Why are people so awful? And when will I learn to never look at GOMI?

10. When did I ever say I was famous?

It’s funny that a few comments down you say you’ve worked with some of the most famous photographers and videographers and how popular you are……..but, who are you? I could ask a hundred photographers and none would know you. TV shows? Any worth anything? Where are your awards? If you’ve worked with the best videographers in the world?!?!?!?!? No one knows you. You act like you’re famous….there’s Twitter feminists more famous than you. More people know who Goth Lord is than Liz Carlson. honestly, your social media like Twitter is always dead, you think 55k instagram likes is “super famous”, you barely get 3k likes on your own posts, and you are relatively unknown among anyone worth a grain of salt….ever. You barely even get any comments here! You are an unknown except in a super small niche part of the internet (hell, I wouldn’t know who you were unless I was an expat who lived in Spain), and even there….you aren’t the most popular. I’m confused on how someone like you can be so cocky when you are honestly so small. You brag about so much but it’s so clear that that is just a facade for how minuscule you know you are. Your impact is tiny. Your work is mediocre. You’re so bitter, it’s actually rather amusing. You’re even more delusional, it’s more amusing.

Do you feel better know getting that off your chest?

Found on 25 photos that will inspire you visit Dubai

11. And the best hate comment of all time? Drumroll please….

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God, I’m dying! This has to be the funniest thing I’ve ever read about myself. HA!

Found on – So you want to be a travel blogger, do you?

Have you ever had to deal with haters? On a blog, social media or in real life? How did you cope? And just remember, you should be proud of yourself no matter what and don’t let people put you down. Just laugh.

dealing with blog hate

317 Responses to The best hate I got in 2015

  1. Erin February 10, 2016 at 9:41 pm #

    I live by the motto “SWSWSWN” – some will, some won’t, so what? Next!

    I love your blog, and all of these super important, well-known people leaving hate comments on it, should be FAR too busy being more successful and better than you to leave a comment, right?! Yeah, clearly not, eh 🙂

    You rock Liz, you keep doing you 🙂

    • Liz February 11, 2016 at 11:49 am #

      hahahaha I love that!

    • Kate June 3, 2016 at 5:54 am #

      Elizabeth Gilbert gets on this subject for awhile in Big Magic. On page 121 she quotes W.C. Fields saying …”It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.” But even more importantly, and my personal favorite, on page 123 she says “Just smile sweetly and suggest – as politely as you possibly can – that they go make their own fucking art.” haha I think you have encompassed both of these ideals perfectly. Keep doing you, you’re a true inspiration!!

      • Liz June 4, 2016 at 7:48 pm #

        I loved that book!!!

  2. Bárbara February 11, 2016 at 4:02 am #

    My goodness! I´m not your biggest fan or anything (mainly because I´m so jealous of you!!!), but these people are out of control and out of place! I do have to agree on one thing though. Number six. I would love to see where you take certain photos! I might have actually posted a similar comment, but hopefully not a “hateful” one. I “might” have directly asked you where a photo was taken, but I don´t remember maybe you just didn´t reply. I definitely didn´t even bother with email. BUT, you do have a point. This is your blog and your photo and you get to do whatever you want!! In any case, I do think that what you´re doing is amazing and admirable and you deserve all the success and bragging rights and positivity. You SHOULD be proud and you do not have to answer to anyone. And like you said, these people can grump all they want because you´re the one living the life you want and living it GREAT. Keep writing!!!!!!

    • Liz February 11, 2016 at 11:50 am #

      ahahahaha thanks!

      • Visiit March 3, 2016 at 1:26 am #

        Most people hate her, just because they are lazy enough to do be like her.

    • Liz February 28, 2016 at 11:06 am #

      Hello. I found you today and I have read your adventures for the last three hours. The hate you receive is obnoxious and delivered out of jealousy. I find your directness enchanting and your as mother of 4 young adults I applaud your honesty and self-awareness. Keep doing what you love and when you stop loving it: stop.

      • Liz February 28, 2016 at 4:01 pm #

        thank you!

      • Vanessa March 7, 2016 at 3:56 pm #

        Honestly you’re never going to win as a travel blogger. Every single travel blog or article I see has vehement hate on it! I really want to understand why this happens? I think other people are jealous because their lives are boring and they did not accomplish any of their goals so they take it out on people who did.

        I personally never post the location of places I take pictures because I’ve seen too many places become overcrowded and get trashed by people. Theres a beautiful hike in San Diego thats now closed to the public because people graffitied all over the rocks! Some places are secret for a reason and those who work really hard to find them are usually the ones who respect them. I don’t care if others post locations that’s just my belief and preference. If someone directly asks me off social media for the location I tell them.

        • Liz March 14, 2016 at 6:45 am #

          I’m generally the same

          • Nonye May 10, 2016 at 1:32 pm #

            I honestly believe that most of these ppl are unhappy with their lives and they haven’t had the courage to venture out of their comfort zones. Soo when they see you it reminds them of all the things they WISH they’ve done. All that time hating on you could’ve been spent planning out their miserable lives.
            I applaud you for continuing your blog, despite these negative ppl trying to hold you down. But on the bright side, some say you’re not doing anything if you don’t have haters!!!

    • Lindsey April 2, 2016 at 7:42 pm #

      Hi YA,
      I’m sorry that people have been so rude to you. Really, the people that say these things are idiots. They feel bad about themselves at a very deep level. Such a deep level that is somehow turns inside out into arrogant self-assuredness. They have mentally tricked themselves into thinking they are superior to other people and it is only when they are faced with someone who is making positive decisions for themselves and directing their own life on their own terms (like you do) that they realise what miserable failures they have made of their own lives. Instead of being inspired by you – which is surely how a normal person would react – they feel the need to put you down in order to prove to their pathetic selves that they are “okay, doing the right thing, not complete losers”, etc. But they are complete losers. It blows my brain to consider they take the time to read your blogs and then be rude. WTF. I worked all this out because I am naturally very ‘out there’ and happy. I can’t help being eccentric. I have tried to control my quirks and it doesn’t work. Morons have always disliked me because they can’t handle me being weird and happy and ‘taking up’ the space that they feel they should be in too, but actually shrink away from, get lost in and feel uncomfortable in (because they are gutless cowards). They want to take up space themselves, but have nothing to offer…so they fill the space with all they have got to offer. Their own shit. That’s all they have. They really have tall poppy syndrome. All of this finally made sense to me kind of recently when I started running outside in the new area I had moved to. I have always run, but in this new area I was getting heckled EVERY RUN by feckwits. It really put me off (sometimes I was concerned about my personal safety) but now I am okay with it. They are putting me down because they know, deep down inside, that they should be running, but they aren’t confident enough, motivated enough, STRONG ENOUGHT to do it. They resent me having the strength to be out there. They know they are making bad choices in their lives. And instead of joining me, they make themselves feel better about the fact that they know they are complete losers by trying to stop me from doing the very thing they should be doing – taking charge of their own destinies and looking after themselves. If they remove me from the side of the road and you from the internet they get to protect themselves from recognising that they are cowards. Don’t let them win. They suck.

      If Armageddon does come and these people don’t have their electricity, flushing toilets, McDonalds, cars, whatever, who do you think is going struggle most and die first. People like us who try and learn about live, be our best selves and take responsibility for our own lives or…. them? They are F&@%#-ING going down! They won’t last a week!!! (Sorry, I’m not an aggressive person but I really enjoy imagining this).
      LJG.

  3. Ashley February 11, 2016 at 5:33 pm #

    Damn, this is ridiculous. Do people have nothing better to do? I admire your no-bullshit style and your strength in yourself. I’ve been catching up on your blog and I’m using it as inspiration for my own impending solo female travels, which kick off this summer. I may or may not end up blogging about them, but you make it look like so much fun!

    Anyway, I just wanted to say that I wanna fuckin’ be you, (wo)man. You’re an inspiration.

    • Liz February 12, 2016 at 9:00 pm #

      hahah awesome thanks!

  4. Victoria@ The British Berliner February 11, 2016 at 7:02 pm #

    Goodness me! If people put all that negative energy into a worthy cause, the world would be a better place! I can’t believe people would be so boorish.
    ‘So sorry to hear this. It must be so upsetting sometimes when all you’re doing is minding your own business and writing your blog. YOUR blog if they’ve forgotten. Your safe place where you can write about how you feel and what issues mean to you. Honestly, they should just switch off if they’re so offended!

    I’ve had one or two haters but mainly on two particular posts. One about Germany, one about Poland and one on a newspaper interview that had so many disgraceful opinions that they had to close the comment section!! Both posts were written tongue-in-cheek by myself, and the newspaper article was about Queen Elizabeth and I!

    At first, I was upset and asked for advice from my FB feed. Then I manned up and realized that they’re inferior twats. I blocked the most offensive ones, let through the silly ones, and just carried on! I’m the one who gets to do fabulous things and they don’t lol!

    • Liz February 12, 2016 at 9:00 pm #

      RIGHT?

  5. Nele February 11, 2016 at 8:46 pm #

    I can’t believe people take the time to write shit like that. Don’t they have a life?
    For me, reading your blog was one of the inspirations to start my own travel blog. I did not have to put up with hate comments yet, but if that day comes I’ll try to take your attitude as an example to deal with it.
    Keep doing what you do, and don’t let any of these haters pull you down! They’re just jealous anyway.

    • Liz February 12, 2016 at 9:01 pm #

      haha thanks 🙂

  6. International Honeymoon Packages February 13, 2016 at 12:49 am #

    OMG I am surprised, Why people create all negative things….

    • Liz February 13, 2016 at 8:51 am #

      No idea!

  7. Niki February 13, 2016 at 1:43 am #

    I’m completely shocked by the comments you’ve received. You clearly have thick skin, and it’s great to see that you can laugh off the negativity. Internet trolls are so unfortunate. I love following your blog and reading about your travels and great successes!
    Keep up the awesome work Hun!

    • Liz February 13, 2016 at 8:52 am #

      Thanks!

  8. (Other) Liz February 16, 2016 at 5:12 am #

    Hahahahahaha this made me laugh out loud, you are so badass

    • Liz February 16, 2016 at 4:46 pm #

      haha that’s the first time I’ve been called that!

  9. Anna February 18, 2016 at 10:59 am #

    Wow. The jealousy is strong with these ones! Just because you are successful, doesn’t mean you have to spend you’re entire life going on about how grateful you are. I would much rather read a real human talking about travel with honesty: good, bad, ugly and who obviously puts a butt-ton of work into their blog and tells interesting stories rather than a sugary sweet post about rainbows and gratefulness. You keep doing you (which you obviously will) and the haters can just go and hang out at the blogs which just say nothing about nothing.

    • Liz February 19, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

      right??

  10. Rachel D February 20, 2016 at 4:58 am #

    Hey Liz. Just starting a travel blog myself, or trying to get it going, and was looking up success stories for inspiration. Came across your blog for the first time today and glanced through some posts before coming across this awesome gem concerning your haters. Thanks for the laugh! The teeth comment is definitely the best, although I should point out.. the scene they refer to from Seinfeld is not from Seinfeld at all… it’s actually from Friends! Ross bleaches his teeth too much. Great episode. Ridiculous comment. This was fun to read. Good for you for laughing off the haters. If it was happening to me, I am not sure I could be that strong. My husband and I are heading out (in 8 days, eek!) for a yearlong European trip, working and traveling to new countries along the way. Hopefully we can follow in your footsteps and make the blog successful. Good luck on your latest adventure, whatever that may be!

    • Liz February 22, 2016 at 12:30 pm #

      Good luck on your adventures!

  11. deanna February 22, 2016 at 1:52 pm #

    Haha. wow. I get why you learned to laugh at these because they’re funny/sad in like that teenager having an emotional blowout on YouTube kinda way. I would look at it as totally normal and whatevs like you’re doing, it’s just a bloger-reader dynamic. For others it’s contractor-client, cashier-customer dynamic, etc. There’s going to be at least a few (x 100) interactions with weirdo-irrational or nasty-envious people along our human interactions.

    I love your blog, and I respect your candor. I recently found your blog and have read a lot of great articles and all throughout I’m thinking ” omg that’s the TRUTH!”

    • Liz February 22, 2016 at 7:54 pm #

      Thanks!

  12. Sarah February 24, 2016 at 9:41 pm #

    OMG, that was hilarious! Way to deal with the haters! It mostly sounds like the jealousy of a lot of people who would like to do what you do but are too scared or lazy to make it happen for themselves. Doing a post like this is a really awesome way to deal with it!

    • Liz February 25, 2016 at 8:13 pm #

      thanks 🙂

  13. Izy berry February 25, 2016 at 6:47 pm #

    Liz I live your is the best you take the best pictures

    • Liz February 25, 2016 at 8:14 pm #

      eers

  14. Marti February 28, 2016 at 9:39 am #

    Bah ha ha! That comment about your teeth being too white! SO FUNNY! Who the crap cares about how white someone’s teeth are?!? The jealousy is strong in that one. Good on you for just laughing it off.

    The only ‘hate’ comment I have ever had was someone who was livid that I posted the location of a natural hot spring on my blog. A natural hot spring whose directions I found on the government created park website – the first hit after I Google searched for the hot spring’s name. I responded as politely as possible, saying that the directions for the hot spring were literally all over the Internet, and my personal opinion was that everyone has the right to at least visit once. I felt like I was talking to one of my junior high students, not an adult!

    Some people write this garbage for fun and may not even mean it. Some people mean it. But honestly, if they don’t like what you write, they don’t have to read it. Keep on traveling! And defs keep on smiling with your EXTRAORDINARILY white teeth! LOL

    • Liz February 28, 2016 at 4:01 pm #

      hahaha I’ll keep my white teeth!

  15. Zora TheExplora February 28, 2016 at 2:58 pm #

    “When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.” Thích Nhất Hạnh Also, read what this writer did when she confronted her troll http://goo.gl/P5gamJ

  16. Loralie February 29, 2016 at 10:54 am #

    It’s really awful how many female bloggers are inundated with hateful comments online. Good for you for not letting it deter you from your lifestyle and dreams!

    • Liz February 29, 2016 at 3:51 pm #

      RIGHT?

  17. Brea March 1, 2016 at 9:29 pm #

    Haha! Don’t you know you’re not allowed to have opinions? It’s almost comical and sad when people take the time to write an angry post because they disagree with your point or have something completely unrelated to complain about. I am happy when I see bloggers who don’t put up with it (and I could probably use a lesson with this myself!).

    • Liz March 2, 2016 at 8:12 pm #

      haha thanks, I really can’t stand it!

  18. Liz March 4, 2016 at 4:49 pm #

    Wow some of these are ridiculous! I’m glad you’re strong enough to handle it, it would get to me after a while!

    • Liz March 6, 2016 at 7:58 pm #

      I’m going numb I think

  19. EV March 5, 2016 at 5:25 am #

    Haters are “gonna” hate!

    Seriously, I just found your blog today and loved how you broke down the Paris arrondissements. I hope to visit Paris someday and I find this type of info incredibly helpful.

    It’s great to see someone doing what they love. You’re an inspiration! Keep blogging — please!

    • Liz March 6, 2016 at 7:59 pm #

      Thanks!

  20. Ro March 6, 2016 at 4:57 pm #

    Thanks for the laugh/head shake at all of these internet trolls. I love love love your blog (sorry “blog”). And for the record you have insanely nice teeth (you know, if you’re into white teeth lol).

    • Liz March 6, 2016 at 8:01 pm #

      aha thanks

  21. Rea March 7, 2016 at 10:46 am #

    Hey Liz,

    I actually found you on a Pinterest article “15 travel blogger you must follow” by… Inspiration Indulgence I guess, checked out your Instagram account and, girl, you rock! The fact is: the more you grow, the more readers and followers you get, the more haters you get as well. Where there is light, there is also darkness, and that’s just how things work. I am probably the worst person coping with haters, but at the end what really matters is your own reaction. That’s where you grow, and for me, the most important thing when facing hateful reactions is to react back either with positivity, or not react at all. What really helps me is saying to myself: what they are doing js THEIR bad karma, not mine. What goes around, comes around – actually I believe that what goes around comes around triple, haha. What matters are my own reactions that create my karma and my world.

    It was entertaining to read this post indeed, and, as you said, the last one wins its hand down 🙂

    By the way: you have the most positive and beautiful smile (and teeth), so keep on smiling and rocking! 🙂

    Cheers from Tekapo! 🙂

    • Liz March 14, 2016 at 6:44 am #

      Thanks neighbor!

  22. Liam Jones March 11, 2016 at 2:32 pm #

    Great travel blog, just discovered it. I hope you continue your adventures until your old age 🙂

  23. Shar March 15, 2016 at 5:07 am #

    Oh my, I can’t believe some of these comments :o.
    Firstly, so sorry that there are so many mean, envious people and you have to deal with such hate. I am not just saying this but I have read many travel blogs and I really enjoyed yours alot, it is just to my liking and style.
    You’re a beautiful, intelligent young woman pursuing her dreams and you really inspire me since I love travelling, especially with the fact that I fall into the typical 8hr weekday job in my country 🙁

    Keep doing what you do love! 🙂

    • Liz March 16, 2016 at 5:21 am #

      Thank you 🙂

  24. Kinga March 15, 2016 at 10:32 pm #

    I’ve read this post and I’m kind of… speechless. I can’t really comprehend why the hell would anybody waste time to think up, write and post such hateful and disgusting comments. :O I guess those people must be insanely jealous of your lifestyle and your accomplishments and that’s how they vent it, instead of just sitting down and figuring out how to improve their own lives, lol. You’ve written you don’t care about those comments any more and I hope it will continue to be like that, because your blog is an inspiration to many and just keep doing your job. Greetings from Poland!

  25. Shanice March 18, 2016 at 1:35 am #

    YOU are fucking hilarious! Discovered your blog today, fab stuff. Great to see someone who can laugh at themselves and others :’)

    • Liz March 19, 2016 at 4:33 am #

      haha thanks <3

  26. Caitlyn March 20, 2016 at 6:32 am #

    What is with people these days? Do people realise these ridiculous comments are hurtful and unnecessary?!
    Don’t worry about the haters, you blog is amazing and your photography is amazing and you should be proud of how far you have come! Always remember, these haters are still recognising your work, if it’s either by your photos or your blog, they still haven’t pressed the unfollow button or stopped reading your blog. So I believe you are the winner here 🙂

    • Liz March 21, 2016 at 5:43 am #

      Thank you!

    • Liz March 21, 2016 at 5:43 am #

      Thank you!

  27. Backpackinginheels March 20, 2016 at 5:32 pm #

    Ha ha! This is AMAZING. I actually had no idea this happened. How do these people find time in their lives to write this hate-filled bile? What awful human beings. I think it’s great you have turned this into a post though…

    • Liz March 21, 2016 at 5:43 am #

      Gotta make people laugh!

  28. Fredelinda March 23, 2016 at 5:53 pm #

    wow! people can be awfully hateful. May god bless you with of the goals you have accomplished and may you continue to explore more of this world.

    • Liz March 28, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

      Thanks!

  29. Jenn March 25, 2016 at 2:47 pm #

    Here’s a huge sign you’ve made it: People troll you! I’m so glad you’ve taken a positive attitude toward such obnoxious behavior. It’s so easy for people to say tough words anonymously, but honestly? It’s pathetic and immature. You do you, girlfriend.

    The tall poppy comment got me good. I lived and worked a corporate job in Australia for three years. When I first moved, I was totally a victim of tall poppy corporate politics at my first workplace. I was stunned — talk about cultural immersion! I’ll never understand the Antipodean hatred of successful people. So the opposite of entrepreneurial North America! But it was the first step toward walking away from that corporate BS, so I can’t complain. Thank you, haters!

    • Liz March 28, 2016 at 12:58 pm #

      glad you can relate, it’s so frustrating sometimes!

  30. Elen March 26, 2016 at 8:29 pm #

    They’re all nonsense except for the teeth comment. I mean, come on, how dare you have such nice white teeth!? You didn’t realise that you only have the right to do the work you want to do, and live the life you want to live, if your appearance doesn’t offend anybody? That’s what women are for, right? Being visually pleasing to everyone, no matter what their other accomplishments are. Geez. 😉

    • Liz March 28, 2016 at 12:59 pm #

      hahahaha

  31. Aly March 29, 2016 at 4:46 pm #

    You can’t please everybody in this world.
    If you’re happy with what you do then just keep swimming swimming.
    Who cares what those idiots think? You’ve achieved your dreams. Screw them.

    By the way, I love your photos on facebook! 😀

    • Liz March 31, 2016 at 9:44 am #

      thanks!

  32. Annie Vickrey March 29, 2016 at 5:14 pm #

    Hey Liz!

    I just want to say that I feel absolutely inspired by you. Not to quote Rihannah, but “people gone talk whether you doin bad or good.” And you’re doing awesome. So fuck em. I have a tiny bit of travel experience, and its always a surprise to people. They just can’t believe that its possible for people to break out from the norm and take risks and live on the road without anyone’s help. What drives me crazy is when people tell me how “lucky” I am. Funny how the harder you work on your goals the more “lucky” you get. Ugh! lol

    On another note – I hope this isnt creepy lol – I would love to meet up with you sometime! I am 23, female, graduating college in May, and preparing to take off. I went backpacking through Europe last fall for two months by myself (nothing compared to you lol) to make sure that this is what I want to do. Then I stopped taking on future clients and am closing my wedding photography business after graduation. I lined up an internship for two months in Milan, then going to Budapest for three weeks, then working on a cruise ship in Croatia for six weeks, then I find out next week if I was accepted for a volunteer project in Africa. After that, I have no idea whats next. I want to spend the next several years traveling and have tied up all commitments so I can do just that. I’m ready.

    If you ever want/need a professional photographer for a trip, or want to hang out and take some awesome selfies somewhere, let me know! feel free to add me on facebook! Sorry I’m just a fan girl lol

    xoxo!
    Annie

    • Liz March 31, 2016 at 9:45 am #

      haha I love it don’t worry! I’m sure our paths will cross!

  33. Tatjana April 6, 2016 at 8:50 pm #

    Those comments are downright cruel!
    Do not pay them any attention pretty girl!
    I find your blog and your lifestyle very inspirational!
    Cheers,
    T.

  34. Liss April 8, 2016 at 1:41 am #

    It’s not surprising people question about authenticity these days, especially when there are articles with what’s expected vs what’s real, a few Ive seen are staged set up, so it’s ok to be questioned. But it doesn’t matter, you’ve got nothing to prove. You do what you’re happy to do, doesn’t matter what people think. I travel too but I have full time work, I like going to your blog and finding inspiration. Your blog is for people who likes travel 🙂 So don’t worry about those hate comments. Keep it up. If you travel for yourself, then it’s fine as long as you’re happy. Don’t lose heart. 🙂

  35. Jennifer Terry April 13, 2016 at 10:07 am #

    Suddenly thankful I don’t have thousands of followers 🙂
    Glad you have a sense of humor about the whole thing.

  36. Tia April 15, 2016 at 4:57 am #

    Thank you for sharing this post. I’ve had some negative experiences with social media this year that I’d never encountered before and this definitely helped me laugh a little at the haters. Thanks much for sharing. <3

  37. Jen April 20, 2016 at 7:32 am #

    While most of these comments are way over the top and extremely rude, there’s usually something there if all the haters say the same thing. I really wanted to like your blog but I have to admit there is an undertone of arrogance sometimes that I don’t see with Adventurous Kate or Oneika. Just a thought! Enjoy your travels.

  38. Jen April 20, 2016 at 7:36 am #

    Arrogance wasn’t quite the right word… more like chilidsh.

    • Liz April 23, 2016 at 11:45 am #

      thanks for that, really appreciate being compared to them.

      • Jen April 28, 2016 at 3:43 am #

        Just saying there’s a way to write about your experiences without seeming spoiled. They’re merely examples.

      • Jen April 28, 2016 at 3:48 am #

        There’s really no need to be so sensitive.

  39. Lizzie Bathurst April 21, 2016 at 4:27 am #

    Liz, I have just come across your blog through Nomadic Matt’s top 100 bloggers, and I am so glad I did. This post is amazing and had me laughing out loud at my desk (I am at work, supposed to be researching Vietnam)!
    Good on you for your attitude to the haters, others have said it, and I’ll say it too: the jealousy and judgement and hilarious self-righteousness in these comments is so ridiculous you have to laugh!
    Keep going and I hope that you won’t need to write a post for 2016! x 🙂

  40. Amber April 28, 2016 at 11:03 pm #

    I just came across your blog while searching for places to travel abroad. I found this post totally hilarious, I honestly love your attitude to words your haters. I don’t get why they hate. I mean, if they hate you so much why are they even following your blog. Great blog by the way.

  41. Jessica April 29, 2016 at 2:50 pm #

    I see it as a sign you are succeeding when the hate starts rolling in. if you were insignificant, no one would care enough to spew this garbage. Good job!

  42. Michelle April 30, 2016 at 9:09 am #

    First of all, the show about the “TOO white” teeth was Friends, not Seinfeld, lol. (Ross overly whitened his teeth for a date).
    And Liz, not that you care, but your teeth are NOT too white 🙂
    Love your blog, and as someone who also has an anaphylactic peanut allergy, thanks for the info!!

    • Liz May 3, 2016 at 6:24 pm #

      hahaha thanks!

  43. Rose April 30, 2016 at 8:31 pm #

    Wow. Some people have WAY too much time on their hands! You’re right to pity such people as how terrible to be filled with so much anger. I love this means of response as a way of dealing with the negativity: channeling it into something if not positive, certainly better.

  44. Stephanie May 6, 2016 at 2:23 pm #

    I have to say – I think it was no coincidence I found this blog post tonight. Let me take you back 24 hours. Last night I posted a blog post about my experience as a former marketing exec, and the lessons I learned in business that have helped me throughout medical school and now as an Emergency Medicine Physician. This morning, I awoke to a nasty troll comment. My first I have to say. We’ve seen ~5K/week on our blog, but are by no means mainstream.

    I was very upset, questioning myself and if perhaps I sounded too condescending, like I was doling out advice from my high horse. I had specifically tried to be cognizant of that risk. I Googled my troll and discovered he is a medical school wannabee pot-dealer. That made me feel a tad better.

    Coincidentally (or maybe not), my husband (who co-authors the blog with me) and I were watching House Hunters and discovered your blog. While checking out your site, he stumbled upon your post.

    Thank you for this post. It was the perfect pick-me-up when I exactly needed it. I might even borrow your idea and save the troll trash for a good post each January.

    <3

  45. Erin May 18, 2016 at 10:15 am #

    My gosh, as a new-ish blogger [horseonthemenu.com] who hasn’t received this level of hate mail yet, you’ve definitely got me feeling cautious. BUT (and this is a big BUT), I’m seriously impressed with how you’ve handled it. It’s inspiring to see another woman take hate, as we all do, and [try] to let it roll off, or find a way to channel it. Thanks for sharing this!

  46. RovingJo May 19, 2016 at 3:49 am #

    Having haters just means you made it – and good for you for making it and I hope your success continues. Some only feel better by putting others down. If they hate you so much then why do they keep coming back and reading your posts. This is your blog and your opinions. Glad you have the guts to say what you think. You can’t please everyone anyway. Let there be haters they provide amusing things to read. Happy Roving!!!

  47. Joe D May 22, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

    I was watching back episodes of House Hunters International. You were the subject and when they said you were a travel blogger, etc etc, I tracked you down on the Internet. I traveled for 27+ years to around 60 countries with the federal government but am now retired. I miss the travel immensely, so I’ll now follow you and live vicariously on the road through you. Keep it coming. And Bon voyage.

    • Liz May 22, 2016 at 1:46 pm #

      Thanks!

  48. Rich May 25, 2016 at 10:59 am #

    Haters will be haters. It’s easy to be nasty sitting in your parents basement, nurturing milky skin and soft fat hands. Stuff ’em Liz.

    p.s. I like your teeth. So far as them being your best feature and you being average? I think not… ;). Seems like Fatiana has a touch of jealousy.

  49. ocelot152 June 24, 2016 at 10:29 pm #

    Just tell them ‘fuck you asshole’. Thatnalways works and you also feel better because you know you fucked them up. They lost at their own game lol

  50. iria June 28, 2016 at 9:05 pm #

    Hello!! I didn’t know your blog until now that… well, I was writting my PhD but started surfing, SO hahahaha I don’t know about haters (usually my answer is allways: “fuck off or I would bite you…” or something in that lines) I don’t mind whatever shit anybody says about me. Internet is full of cowards. I’m from Spain and I need to say this: I didn’t know the programme that bring you here, but I’m really sure that everything that you post about it is real. Even so, thanks for visiting and learning about our country. Hope everything is fine now.
    Best wishes,

    iria

  51. Haley June 29, 2016 at 10:59 am #

    HA! All of these people sound extremely insecure and are totally missing the whole point of your blog: supplying information and inspiration for others to pursue their own travel/blogging dreams. Good for you for not taking these to heart.

    I love your blog and your authentic, funny, charismatic, totally honest writing. Keep it up!

    • Liz June 29, 2016 at 1:16 pm #

      Thank you!

  52. George July 7, 2016 at 7:01 pm #

    Remember, what other people think of you is none of your f**king business 🙂 well done x

  53. Scout July 13, 2016 at 7:55 pm #

    I love reading travel blogs, but (and this isn’t hate, it’s merely an opinion – I do love reading blogs like this), I really don’t like it when people say things like ‘you can do it if you only TRY!’ and other such nonsense. It implies that those who aren’t living their dream simply aren’t trying or bothering enough to change things.

    The sad truth is, in many people’s lives, there ARE limits. Travel is expensive, gear is expensive, having your own domain and webspace is expensive. You’re living on 18,000 a year – that’s several thousand a year more than I used to earn in a job that would sometimes keep me in work 70 hours a week on 18 hour shifts.

    I may have missed it, but you still don’t seem to say *how* you’re getting this money (apologies if I’ve missed that information!). That is what people truly want to know. Whether you make money from your blog, from ‘daddy’ or from a sugar daddy it doesn’t honestly matter to me, just please don’t act as if it’s just spare change collecting in your pocket. You’re living a better life than most for someone without a job.

    I love reading about travel and viewing hiking videos and stuff, but I can’t go and do it myself because I am a full-time carer for my mother living off government money, topping up those meagre earnings by selling the odd art commission to a friend here and there.

    Many people have no savings, no assets to sell, nowhere to move all of their belongings to when they leave their job and decide to travel. I admire you, and I am envious of you, I think you are well and truly living the dream – but I do believe that sometimes you travel bloggers don’t live in the real world.

    You are living a very special and difficult-to-attain lifestyle here. Please just own that instead of acting like absolutely anyone can do it. Thank you.

    • Liz July 14, 2016 at 7:13 am #

      I don’t say anyone can do it depending on circumastances, and I am perfectly aware of my privilege regarding to where I was born, my health, ect, I’ve written about it heaps. However, I don’t appreciate you heaping on the judgement on me either when you clearly haven’t read that much on my blog. Because if you had, you would have seen my posts where I talk about exactly how I make money and I’ve even discussed how much I earn from my blog, not that it’s any of your business. And I’ve been in that position you’ve described too, and pulled myself out of it too with NO help from anyone AND 100K in student debt, so I don’t have too much sympathy for other Americans whining about how I can travel but they can’t. It’s about hard work and priorities

      http://youngadventuress.com/category/blogger

    • Lauren E July 17, 2016 at 2:35 pm #

      Why is that any of your business? Why do you think you’re entitled to know how she earns her money?

  54. Lauren E July 17, 2016 at 2:33 pm #

    Hi there! I really like your blog, and I’ve always thought about creating one but I’m so afraid to because of things like this. I admire what you’re doing and I love the fact that you made a whole article out of the hate posts. haha! Good for you! I can’t believe people made a whole forum about you. Jeeze. People are nuts! Even some of the comments on this amaze me. 😡 They’re just jealous! I found your blog because my boyfriend and I are thinking about moving to New Zealand maybe. We’re currently living in Guam, but we’re taking a vacation to NZ soon to check it out. We’re super excited!

  55. Yasmina September 12, 2016 at 9:48 pm #

    Hej 🙂
    I just read your hate posts and it’s great to see that they don’t get you down. Even if it’s super hard at times I assume, this way of handling it made you a stronger person (at least this is what it seems like).

    Great blog btw, very refreshing and honest. That’s what readers want to read: honest opinions, no bla blas.

    Cheers from Germany 🙂

  56. Laura October 24, 2016 at 8:33 am #

    Wow, I never knew you would have to deal with all that hate! And what for?
    Generally, most people visit travel blogs to research a trip they’re interested in and get advice from a person similar to themselves. If these people aren’t interested or don’t like what you say, why don’t they just move on and read something you do like? Maybe, for some of them, its a hobby to go around making horrible needless comments?

  57. Jack November 14, 2016 at 10:21 pm #

    Some people just can’t stand to see a woman who is apologetically authentic and opinionated. You always tell it how it is and I for one LOVE that. Jealousy is a disease and these haters are SICK. Keep doing you girl!

    ~Cheers from Honolulu

    • Liz November 15, 2016 at 7:14 pm #

      thanks!

  58. Jack November 14, 2016 at 10:28 pm #

    ^ *unapologetically

  59. Steve December 4, 2016 at 2:22 am #

    Some decades ago when I began my first several businesses in a small town I became fodder for gossip, lies and rumors. I was having drinks with a much older, successful friend (mentor) one evening and I was whining about how people were talking smack about me on the street.

    He chuckled and told me I was taking crap because I was doing things and taking chances others were too afraid to try. So, slamming me made it easier for them to feel OK.

    Then he told me 2 things I’ve recalled many times over the years. 1) If you’re stepping outside the normal, shooting for the stars and people aren’t talking about you, you’re doing something wrong, and 2) If’n it was easy everybody would do it.

    Next door to you in Portugal and ride my scooter often through Spain. Pretty place.

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