The Next Adventure!

My Story

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

I started my travelling late by today’s standards, I was all of 28 years old and I played it safe to boot. I ventured all the way to Fiji. I’ve come along way since then, with adventures through Kenya, Cambodia, Laos, Egypt, Israel to name but a few.

I prefer what I call “organised backpacking” – all the adventure of getting “down and dirty with the locals” but someone else to organise the details. I want to eat with a local family, sleep under the stars in the desert, ride a donkey to the Valley of Kings, catch the public transport Just give me a guide to get me there! Well hey.. read the website name…. this is “The Amateur Adventurer” after all.

Ever thought you were a budding photographer, carefully framing a scene, checking light, photo composition, artistic elements? Does it ever turn out the way you saw it in your head? . Travelling is also a chance to hone my photography skills. I love taking photos., 5 full 16GB SD cards and over 10,000 photos in 3 months can attest to that! Travelling equals more practice and interesting subjects. There are just some locations you have to really make an effort to take a bad photo – especially with today’s cameras.

So I may not be great at going it alone or be the world’s best photographer – but one thing I excel at is technology. And in the age of today’s smart phones, tablets and the myriad of apps that go with them, I really believe the age of mobility has caught up with the travellers needs. I’ve built a fair number of websites in my time, always with the full strength of a PC or Mac and high end design and photo editing software beneath my fingers. I hear people complain constantly that a tablet just won’t cut it travelling unless you are simply after a glorified Kindle and email device. Well to prove a point. I’ve armed myself with an iPad 2, a web development app, a couple of photo editing apps and an iPad adapter for my camera’s SD card, and the entire blog will be created and updated through the wonders of mobile technology!

I hope you enjoy the blog ~ complete with adventure stories, history lessons, travel tips and all the frustrations of going mobile

Most of all I hope you are inspired to get out there and experience life….

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10 comments

  1. Thanks for the visit. Your site looks great and look forward to following you in the coming months. Best wishes πŸ™‚

  2. Thank you for the comment on my post “Dreamy.” As a new blogger it means a lot to me. I would like to follow your blog but don’t see an option to follow with the WordPress reader or via email. Is RSS the only way to follow your blog?

    • Hi Terry, thank you. As its a self hosted blog I don’t think there is an option to use the wordpress reader. However on the home page at the top of the left hand column there should be a section that says keep up to date which will allow you to enter your email and you’ll get a notification when a new entry is posted. I will be doing a weekly newsletter in the next few months which will be another way to follow new posts. I’m travelling in China though at the moment and between seeing the sites and poor internet have not got round to the newsletter yet πŸ™‚

      • The option to subscribe via email doesn’t seem to show up on my iPad. I finally accessed your site on my desktop and subscribed. Looking forward to following your posts. Happy travels in China!!!

        • Thanks Terry for the feedback – the site should work from tablets – I’ll have to look into it – Internet (at least anything decent enough to get any work done has been intermittent and slow (to be polite) so I’ll be very busy when I land back in Sydney updating – it’s been amazing πŸ™‚

  3. I love how you’re traveling your way, and doing what you want the way you want it. πŸ™‚ Happy travels! πŸ™‚

  4. Hi! Thanks for the follow! I look forward to checking out your blog – I can definitely related to taking thousands of photos in one trip πŸ™‚

    Kendra

    • Thanks Kendra. I have recently been trying to catch up on the blogging and going through the photos – Its amazing you look at some and think I totally forgot about that. Its always a toss up between blogging, taking photos and just immersing yourself where you are…. I want to capture everything but at the same time not live the experience “behind the camera” so to speak.

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