It occurs to me that this blog has yet to fulfill it’s original purpose as a travel journal. I started this blog in Summer 2017 in a bid to catalog my adventures through Europe, but as is so often the case life got in the way. I left Ireland on the 3rd of March last year with adventure in mind and in truth I found it. Now, being nearly a year since I started out I plan to retroactively post old-fashioned-paper-journal entries I wrote as near to the dates written as possible.
Hold Up!! Backstory Please?
Right of course. A backstory always helps. In January of 2016 I was a making fairly good money in the retail industry in Ireland but I was bored. I had my head filled with notions of greatness and dreams of adventure. A friend of mine mentioned this marvelous organisation called Helpx where I could search volunteer listings. How does it work?
- Browse people looking for volunteers. The kinds of work are varied to say the least and range from hostels to farm work.
- Find an amazing place full of adventure that suits your skills/desires.
- Pay a small annual fee to unlock the hosts contact details, blast them off an email and wait for a response
Work a few hours a day at something a million times more exciting than what you do now and get free room and board.
Now I had been reading a lot about long term travel on blogs like Nomadic Matt’s and Wandering earl’s and this seemed like the perfect idea to travel long term and spend next to nothing. As I saw it my only expenses would be travelling to and from each host, I even met people who hitchhiked and could cut that cost by 90%.
When I travel I keep a journal. Everyone should. Starting on 4th of March I will post last years entries…. This year!
Cause I’m cool like that.