Around The World, One Day At A Time . . .

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What if you decided to start a travel blog about that epic trip you’re taking around the world, documenting the people you meet, the crazy border crossings you do, and the wild food you eat. But what happens if you keep putting it off, intending to get going with it, but just getting a little too busy with the whole enjoying-the-trip part of your journey to actually sit down and record your days?

Well, you can do what Justin Harper did, errr, is doing: start the blog when you get back home, writing about it one day at a time, exactly one year later (or close to it), with the luxury of foresight, electricity, and high-speed internet to up the quality of the blog.

His blog, 101 days into his 365-day overland (read: no planes) trip, finds him in Tibet this week, experiencing the oddness of having Chinese border guards rip out pages from his Lonely Planet (got to get rid of those pesky references to Taiwan), and finding out that lunch (yak soup) is made up of an animal whose field-mates are out back enjoying the product of the restaurant’s outhouse. Ahh, the joys of travel.

What do you think, post-trip blogs a good idea? A smart way to allow you to enjoy the trip without wasting precious travel time at an internet cafe? A recipe for hyperbolic exaggeration, a sure by-product of foresight and well-meaning when one looks back at the past through rose-tinted glasses? A good read? I’d say, all of the above.

  • I wouldn't advise trying to recall everything one year later either. I am blogging from the diary in notebooks that I kept. I did it that way as we didn't always have access to the internet, nor even electricity to charge the laptop.

  • It is wonderful to be able to take more time to write quality blogs and properly edit photos. This article is a wonderful example of that.

    During our nine months in South America, I was able to blog at once or twice a week.

    After that, we spent three months in Russia and had a much more difficult time getting internet connection. I am now spending my time in a village in Bulgaria, catching up on my blogging from Siberia, the Caucasus Mountains, the Arctic, and Altai Mountains.

  • jonw

    Interesting point you bring up, since it would be next to impossible recollecting all the specific details without some kind of field notes so far after the fact. Since moving back to the states, I've reread my old blog and the memories flood back. It would be my experience, without that, all the soju nights and karaoke songs begin to meld together after all that time. It'll be interesting to spin through this blog, regardless of accuracy.

  • It's a great way to stay motivated after the trip and continue writing. I could see it coming in handy if you want to get published (e.g, write a travel memoir), since you can put your experiences into the context of the full trip. I think it would be very hard to remember the details of where you went, however…

    • TheExpeditioner

      Yeah, I agree, maybe it's best to keep a journal then work from that when you get back? I know in the past I've blogged my trip, then once I got home, cleaned it up and added specific facts, links, grammatical changes, and romantic encounters that never occurred.

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