At the risk of sounding like a pretentious fool riding a 10 foot tall horse, I have decided to create my very own travel blog, sharing pictures and stories from my journey and to give what little advice I can as a semi-experienced traveller.
Full Disclosure: I have no idea what I'm doing. I don't know the first thing about blogging. I don't even know what form the posts will take. They could be heavy info dumps, or long winded, irrelevant stories that vaguely represent some kind of place, or maybe, just maybe, it could be the perfect blend of both. Hopefully, with a bit of time and practice, it will become something you'd like to read, regardless of the final format.
For now, I've set up a Destinations page, where you can check out a few pictures from a variety of countries that I have visited. More countries are on the way, including Cambodia, Italy, Guatemala, and Peru. Clicking the images will allow you to read a brief annotation and find out the name of the place. In the future, blog posts will be located under their respective countries, as well as being visible on the home page and other areas.
The blog posts will focus on places I've experienced first hand and will reflect my unruly calling to venture into the unknown. I have a knack for choosing lesser-known places when possible. I recently chose to study in Veliko Tarnovo - Bulgaria, rather than Salamanca - Spain, for a year in September. I can't really say why. I know some Spanish, but only one word of Bulgarian. I have friends and family in Spain, but don't know a soul in Bulgaria. I guess that's part of the appeal, not to mention that it's situated near a variety of diverse countries, many of which I haven't visited yet.
As an undergraduate in Creative Writing, I was advised to start a blog 2 years ago. I didn´t have any reason to write a blog back then, other than writing for writing's sake.
Now I have a reason. From 10th June, I will be away from home until late 2018. I will be visiting numerous countries, starting with Serbia. I have an 8 week work placement lined up in Santiago - Chile, somewhere I visited last year in my trip to Latin America. Finally, I have an academic year of study in Bulgaria.
My primary goal is to provide information on lesser-known destinations. These can be difficult to plan as there is a lack of quality articles discussing them. I have recently returned from a trip to Tara National Park - Serbia, and there wasn't a great deal of information about it on the web. A blog post for Serbia will be here soon, but I'm no expert on the place.
I will be posting about places I have previously visited, as well as new ones. Last year I travelled for 5 months, starting in Mexico and ending in Brazil, stopping in off-the-beaten-track destinations such as El Salvador, Easter Island and Paraguay along the way. All photos are from my personal trips. My current camera is the Sony RX100, yet previous photos are taken on several different cameras.
I am of the belief that if you want something bad enough, so bad that you´re willing to put all your effort, time and actions into achieving it, then you can get it. I want to travel. Everything I do contributes towards this final goal. I make sacrifices at home so that I have the ability to fly to the other side of the globe whenever I want. I'm not rich, I just prioritise travel over everything else. I always have a crap phone, I never eat out and I rarely socialise*. Basically, I save all of my wages and Student Finance in order to travel and spend as little as possible on things I don't need. This lifestyle isn't for everyone, but it works for me.
*This is equally because I'm an antisocial introvert that shudders at the thought of large social gatherings
I will aim to post once a fortnight, however due to the hectic nature of travel, it may not always be possible. In the coming weeks, you can expect posts on Serbia, Montenegro and Chile.
If you want to contact me, I will respond to comments, or you can email me here: Matt@onesmallstepformatt.com. Feedback is encouraged and appreciated.
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