Tell us about yourself, your travel history and current itinerary:
My names Dan, I’m 24 years of age from South East London, and currently travelling the world with my girlfriend Abbie. Before leaving home in May 2016 I’d never travelled further than mainland Europe, but since then we’ve been to Canada, America, Peru, Brazil, Argentina and New Zealand. Right now we are in Australia and won’t be heading home until May 2017, by which time we’d have visited another ten countries (give or take) and six of the world’s seven continents. I’ve wanted to travel for as long as I can remember, but never thought it would actually happen. I guess this trip is all about proving myself wrong…
Why did you start blogging, how’s it going, and what’s the next step for you?
I’ve always been an avid writer but actually turned down the opportunity to study journalism at university in favour of a job in the broadcasting industry around six years ago. When I quit my job to travel I set up Danstravelling, a very basic blog that was initially used as a way of letting friends and family know what’s been going on. Now, six months down the line, I’ve had over 10,000 views from over 2,000 visitors. What’s a shame is the fact that because my blog is written like a journal, so I’ll eventually run out of content – I won’t be travelling forever and don’t fancy documenting my day to day life when I’m back at home, so who’s knows what will happen then.
Who is your target audience, what are your blog goals, and how do you plan on achieving them?
In terms of a target audience, I guess I don’t really have one. I sometimes use Facebook or Instagram to share my posts with family and friends, or tags so that other WordPress users can find my posts that way, but it’s not exactly a priority for me. My goal is to continue making people feel like they’re part of this adventure, which I’d like to think I’m pretty good at already. Recently I’ve started to incorporate more photographs and videos to help with that, and enjoy collaborating with other writers to increase exposure and reach wider audiences. It’s such a great feeling when users from the likes of Taiwan, Azerbaijan and Panama visit my page, especially given that I don’t know anybody from those places!
How about traveling – Where is your favorite place so far and why?
So far it has to be Austin, TX. It’s quite hard to explain why, but it’s the only place that I’ve ever truly fallen in love with. Not only does Austin have one of the most incredible live music scenes in the world, but the food is absolutely unbelievable too. We only stayed for two nights, but managed to cram maybe nine or ten gigs into that time, and also stopped for food at Terry Black’s Barbecue, which I’m still recommending to every single person that I meet to this day. Honestly, for me, a guy who loves his music and his food, there’s nowhere like it.
Last but not least, what is one thing you would like to share with everyone who plans to travel?
This one’s easy – don’t stress about it. The worst thing that you can do is get yourself worked up, no matter where you are or what you’re doing. Before leaving home I searched endlessly for packing lists, tip and recommendations, but had a bag full of things that could be replaced if necessary. At the end of the day, as long as you’ve got your money and passport, what’s the worst that could happen? We actually missed a flight just the other week too, but instead of getting stressed about it we just booked another one. Alright we were left a little short of cash, but that was inevitable, so we kept our spirits up and laughed about it. There’s nothing to achieve by getting agitated with a situation, so as hard as it may be, just try your best to keep a smile on your face.
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