Welcome and thanks for reading the first post in my new and improved blog!!
You may or may not be familiar with my previous blog, which was/is pretty much journal entries I made during a trip last year. I travelled from Belfast, Northern Ireland to Sydney, Australia over several months – mostly over land. I say MOSTLY over land, as the original plan was to get all the way home without flying at all, however towards the end I was running out of time and energy and did cheat a bit! Yes, I did pick a 1 hour flight instead of a 24 hour bus trip from Vietnam to Laos – there is no shame in that! Also, Asia to Australia by boat is particularly difficult – just ask all those refugees currently locked up in camps in islands off Australia at the moment.
If you’d like to read that blog – good news! All the posts have been migrated into this blog, and so you can easily find them on here and read through 🙂
So – why the new blog you ask??
Well… It all started a few weeks ago, I was yearning for travel and getting quite depressed about being back home in a 9-5 job (or, more like 8-7 plus some weekends, but nobody is sour *hmph*) I’ve been in the same country now for 10 months. 10 MONTHS!!!! What’s with that? I’m going crazy – I can’t handle it! OMG.
Ok, to be fair, I have booked a 2 week trip in September to go back to visit friends in the UK for a few days and then a week in Greece. But a 2 week holiday is really not the same as long term travel – the freedom, the experiences, the challenges! Aaah At least I’ll be going overseas before it hits my whole year in 1 country – I can’t even remember the last time that happened!
Oh, right… Back to the new blog.
So, to free my mind from office life I’ve watched several TV programs about travelling and read many travel blogs. It kinda helped, kinda made it worse! Anyway, instead of continuing to be depressed about it I figured I need to do something about it – focus on a plan to get back on the road long term.
And I’ve been inspired!
Reading the travel blogs reminded me that I really enjoyed writing my blog last year, I enjoyed writing about something I’m passionate about, sharing my thoughts and experiences, recording it for people to enjoy and be inspired! Why don’t I keep doing this? And put some research into how to do this properly – there is a chance that this could actually (eventually) bring in some revenue to put towards travelling! Sure, I’m not counting on getting paid – I’m not doing it for the money… I’m doing it as it’s something I enjoy and a topic I’m passionate about – possibility of income from it in the long term is just a possible bonus.
I plan on widening my scope – rather than just journal entries for a trip I’m currently on, the plan is to make this something I can also work on when I’m at home. Travel advice, stories etc – I’ll need to think of some ideas!
Let’s see how this goes!
I fully acknowledge that this will be a lot of work, and I admit that this could be another one of my crazy ideas that I get excited and passionate about for a few weeks and then it slowly I start to get lazy and it fades away. BUT what if it doesn’t? What if it turns out that I stay passionate, that I don’t let my laziness get in the way, that I create a successful blog with billions of followers and end up being able to earn a living from on while on the road!?
I don’t want to get to the end of my life, after 40 years of sitting in an office and think “What if…?”