Great to meet you,
Thanks for stopping by my blog – I’m Luke, the dubious traveller.
So why am I the dubious traveller? Well to be honest I am not your sterotypical traveller. Im a rather hesitant traveller, someone who often doubts their own abilities to go out there and do these types of things, i kind of need a gentle nudge to do it basically. But don’t worry I won’t bang on about how travelling has saved me, how the oceans of the world have calmed my mind and cleansed my soul. Hell no, in fact the idea of travel and travelling itself scares the shit out of me to be quite honest with you.
When I picture a traveller, I picture a brave yet relaxed kind of person, someone who can simply go with the flow, make no plans, do basic research and be able to sleep in a swinging hammock on top of Mount Kilimanjaro in a hurricane. Do they even have hurricanes in Tanzania?
But I’m none of those things – I’m not a relaxed person, I have to plan, excessively research every country to a tee, I hate going with the flow and my idea of slumming it is spending a night in a Travelodge in London that is a little on the small side.
But despite my obvious flaws, I am still willing to give it a go. Why you ask? Well because if I don’t then I am almost giving into my imperfections and waving the white flag to surrender to it. Instead I want to show you that anyone can do long term travel even if you don’t see yourself as a stereotypical traveller, it simply does not matter.
Let me show you why you should take a bit more of a structured and logical approach to making travel an investment and plan rather than a last minute thing. I want to show you that travelling isn’t just for those long -haired cool looking hippie types who live off of their parents trust fund. In fact, let me tell you that it takes time, dedication and a lot of imperfect moments to get to a point where you can have that chance to do it. But you can make it happen for yourself with time and patience.
A few years ago myself and my girlfriend decided that we wanted to do some long term travelling – we were about to pack it all in but thankfully we didn’t – instead we planned thoroughly, gave ourselves plenty of time to save and are now looking forward to a trip to South East Asia. You could call me the ‘sensible traveller’ but I’m not really, I’m just someone who got jealous of everyone else on my Facebook wall going to these amazing places and wanted a piece of the action. But I was scared! That’s it really, and now I hope to inspire others to do it too.
Contrary to popular belief, the idea of packing it all in to go and do a long term trip abroad doesn’t just involve packing a bag, buying your plane ticket and going. In fact there is a lot of stuff you need to consider and that’s where I hope my blog will be of use; to inspire the everyday person or couple, that it is possible.
You’ll find this blog has some tips for advice on how to do this as well as a general blog/diary of some of how I get on during my adventures as the dubious traveller.
I hope you like the blog, feel free to send me a message or leave a comment.