This is not a travel blog. I don’t like travel blogs. (Most) travel blogs contain a collection of the same canned experiences that are readily sold to tourists, with at best some variations in the particular hotel where the blogger stayed or the tour operator he used. While this may be fun for his friends and family to read, it is of very little general interest. If I want to know about Machu Pichu or Ankor Wat or the Niagara Falls, I’ll read a travel guide, thank you.
For this reason, I do not want to write a travel blog. I do not want to bore you with a recap of touristy experiences. I’ve visited many famous sights and attractions, and I imagine that I’ll visit many more. And I’ll happily relate those stories to my friends and family. But unless they contain some truly original experiences or offer a genuinely new insight, I won’t blog about them. You’re welcome.
That being said, my life involves a lot of travel, so many of the experiences and encounters I have are while travelling. As I’m writing this, I’m just about to embark on a four-month journey through Southeast-Asia (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, and maybe some additional destinations). So inevitably my blog will feel a bit like a travel blog at times, having popular tourist destinations as a backdrop for my life (and my writings). But that’s all they’ll be: background scenery.
Here’s the promise that I’ll make to you, dear reader: this is not, and won’t be, a travel blog. I will try to keep this blog interesting to the general public, and especially for those of you free spirits who live on the road and don’t get tied down in one place. I’ll write stories about the people I meet and what we can learn from them; I’ll rant about the oddities that I see around me; I’ll try to offer practical advice on how to live free, without depending on a fixed location, job, house or other irrelevant thing. But whatever happens, this will never be a travel blog.