Travel is incredible.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
— Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad / Roughing It.
The above quote is just as apt now as it was when Mark Twain wrote it. I’m passionate about travel as education, and this quote summarises quite nicely how I feel. I want to share just how much travel can change your life, and how accessible it really is.
I’ve been travelling independently for nearly 20 years. My first real adventure was in New Zealand. I’d made friends with a student on exchange to my high school, and decided to pay a visit. For eight weeks, I explored what remains my favourite place on the planet. It was liberating, and opened my mind in so many ways. It was with that trip that I was hooked. I’ve since been to countries all over the world. I’m not rich, but manage to travel regularly. Hopefully my experiences will help you to see that you can do it too.
When people discover how much I’ve travelled, they often wonder how I manage it. Travel is, in theory, expensive. It doesn’t have to be. Hostels, couch surfing, work away, and other options do exist, and these can allow you to travel without spending all of your cash. How important is a private hotel room to you? Can you make do with taking a bus rather than a train to save a few euro? All of these allow you to travel more. I’ll be the first to admit that budget travel isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it isn’t all dirty beds and fast food, either. It’s what you make of it, and travelling more cheaply nearly guarantees a closer interaction with local people.
On Road Trip Writer, I’ll be sharing my travel experiences with you. You’ll see how I make a go of it, and I’ll share tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way. I’ll also share my favourite sights and activities, hidden attractions, and overrated tourist traps. My goal is to help you to travel by sharing my experiences. You’ll have the advantage of knowing where I screwed up so you won’t have to.
You can expect regular updates. My next road trip is through Europe, and begins on the 10th of March. I’ll be flying to London that evening, then making my way across the continent, arriving in Istanbul six weeks later.
Join me on the road!