An Exciting New Concept in Photography and Travel Blogging
Today I am very pleased to reveal to you, exclusively, an exciting new concept in travel blogging, photography, and indeed the internet.
Without further ado,
*drum roll please*
…the year 2012!
Yes, you may have heard of it, but you’ve almost certainly seen nothing of it from me. Just over a year ago I started my first blog, but I didn’t write much about travel or publish many photo’s, as I was too occupied with the act of travelling itself. So for the start of this year, I’ll be sharing the best photo’s and stories I collected during 2012 with you on Travel Unmasked.
To get this cutting edge initiative started with a bang, I’ve put together some previously unpublished photographs from the year, to give you a taster of what you can expect.
This time last year I was in the middle of living four glorious months in Sicily, arriving to this magical isle by ferry from nearby Malta and Gozo.
I spent two months WWOOFing with at a couple of hosts, the first one in the very centre of Sicily (where you can also find… nothing else whatsoever!), and the second one near Mt Etna, on the coast. After enjoying the healthy outdoors lifestyle, I decided to discover more of the island, and promptly ended up working at the first hostel I came to in Catania for the next two months.
As I was piecing together the ever entertaining social media jigsaw puzzle, a strange phenomenon known as the travel blogging conference caught my attention. I went to investigate TBU Umbria and visit a few of Italy’s cities, before heading back to the UK in May to tie up a few loose ends. I spent most of my time in different parts of England, but popped over to Ireland, Wales, and up to Scotland as well.
A few weeks with a base (sort of) was almost enough time to organise myself to blog while travelling – but not really. I left the UK in July on a wild seal chase, travelling from Berlin to Estonia over land, passing through Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia, before bobbing over to Finland by boat, in search of endangered Saimaa ringed seals.
Berlin felt a lot more Eastern European than I was expecting, and the capital cities of the Balkan states were so much more akin to Western Europe.
In Finland, I’d heard you can camp anywhere, so that’s what I planned to do. Hiring a car and with only 10 days available, I had a 2000km adventure in the long summer light, and spent a couple of days exploring the Finnish lake district by kayak, trying to spot those seals, before returning to Helsinki.
My next stop was Israel, for a big family wedding, and I split my 5 weeks between catching up with family and seeing the country itself. If I could have stayed longer I would, but in September I excitedly set off towards more fun and frolicking on the conference circuit. I made a beeline for my second travel blogging conference of the year, via Geneva and some CouchSurfing in Lyon, before nearly dying of exhaustion from Too Much Fun in Porto. A few days alone through Portugal helped recharge my batteries before conference round 3 at TBEX Girona in Spain, which was even more fun. It’s a risky business.
Landing back in the UK again in late September, I was looking forward to knuckling down and getting stuff done. A week later I was back in Spain, working under the guise of shooting video and rock-climbing, and two weeks later there was yet another blog related event in the form of World Travel Market in London. So eventually, by mid November, I was back where I started in December 2011. Deciding what to do and when to do it, just as soon as I’d got some content on my blog.
All was quiet, exactly what the doctor ordered, until the best way to blow out the end of a year I know of. A sizeable blog trip to Bonnie Scotland for Hogmanay and beyond, starting 2013 as I meant to go on. That’s by travelling and enjoying the world for the record, not by being drunk and disorderly.
So, in true punctual form, in 2013 I will be bringing you lots and lots of 2012, before heading off on more epic adventures. I’ve got a couple of exciting projects in the works, but they’re not quite ready to be unmasked yet. There will be a mixture of other content coming too, including photos, videos and posts from India in 2010, Japan in 2011, and whatever I get up to in 2013 (my Australian Working Holiday Visa has just been granted and a New Zealand one is in progress…)
I hope you enjoying reading what’s coming as much as I’m going to enjoy reminiscing over the highs and lows of last year.