When I started my blog, I had been overseas for nearly 2 years and I was planning my trip back home to Australia after living in Northern Ireland for a year.
The blog really was an online journal – mainly for myself.
Several times I’d started travel journals/diaries in paper books, but never did more than a couple of entries. People kept telling me I really should, as the memories will fade, but I can re-read my journal later in life and remember.
Starting an online blog made me feel more accountable, people would notice if I didn’t write a post for a while. Sometimes people would even comment on my posts, which felt good – people were actually reading and enjoying what I wrote.
I kept up posting regularly for the majority of my 3 month trip from Northern Ireland to SE Asia over land. I must admit, the last couple of weeks of the trip, it started to fade. It wasn’t just the blog that faded – I was overall burnt out from all the travelling. The plan of going all the way to Singapore without flying went out the window – I booked a couple of flights – Hanoi to Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang to Vientiane and Vientiane to Kuala Lumpur. Before flying Singapore home to Sydney in time for my Mum’s wedding. (I still think that Belfast, Northern Ireland to Hanoi, Vietnam without flying is pretty impressive!)
Once home, the blogging totally stopped and I went back to “normal life” – which I decided was not for me and I had to get back to travelling. Though, not the fast moving travelling of that last trip… Slowly, long term, stopping at places I like for weeks, even months – really absorbing the place and culture.
I started reading a lot of blogs – travel blogs, location independent blogs, digital nomad blogs, make money online blogs, lifestyle design blogs… And I realised this is really something that’s possible – and lots of people do!
Recently, I quit my ‘grown up job’ in Sydney – leaving a stable career and decent, regular pay – to go back to travelling. After a week in Cairns, Australia with my mum I spent a week on Nusa Ceningan – a small Indonesian island and I’ve now been back in the UK for a couple of weeks catching up with friends from when I lived here.
Now that I’m more relaxed, and have a lot more spare time, I’m starting up my blog again. I don’t plan on it being just a travel journal – it will follow my life journey to being location independent.
There will be ups and downs, travel and home, resources to help others with travel and destinations, as well as some of the lessons I learn along the way.
Mr Adam’s Travels is no longer just about physical travel through the world, it’s my life journey as I redesign my life.
I really don’t know how it will evolve at this stage – follow along and we can find out together!
Follow my life journey as I redesign my life, career and travel the world!