Punta Tombo Argentina Magellanic Penguins

Wanderlust Wednesday

I am going to start a series of posts dedicated to my wanderlust. It’s a huge part of me so I feel it deserves a place on this blog.

Back in 2009 I backpacked for 6 months through North America, South America, Parts of Europe and South West Africa. I had a travel blog at the time.

Each night I would snuggle up with my iphone 3 in my hostel bunk and write a post about my day. Yes I got really fast at using the iphone keypad. Using a WordPress App, I would publish my posts as soon as Wifi connection was available.

I wrote with my heart, not only what I had experienced, but how I felt.

The purpose of the blog was purely for myself, but I knew people back home were reading. My mum said it felt like she was right there with me, which was nice. The blog had almost become a friend to me. When you’re travelling solo, yes you are surrounded by people, but you can still feel incredibly alone. The blog was safe for me.

When I got home, I did something completely stupid, I moved all my website hosting. I took a backup of my blog but I didn’t check it. A couple months after I had canceled the hosting account I went to restore my travel blog on a new host. I opened up the database files and it was corrupt. I had lost my entire blog.

To say I was devastated was an understatement. Yes I still have my photos, I still have the memories, but this blog had become such a huge extension of who I was.

Punta Tombo Argentina Magellanic Penguins
Hanging out with the Magellanic Penguins at Punta Tombo Argentina

Whilst I never think I will get the opportunity to backpack  around the world for 6 months again, I will try to resurrect some of the posts. It will be nothing like last time as I think it would be near impossible to capture the raw emotions of a solo traveller so long after the event.

This time it won’t be about me, it will be for you.

I hope these posts inspire you to visit beautiful, uncomfortable and different places.

One thought on “Wanderlust Wednesday

  1. Oh my goodness. I’m so sorry you lost all that beautiful, inspired writing. What a horrible way to learn a lesson like that. You’ve just inspired me to be more diligent with backing up my computer.

    Totally unrelated, I really like your writing, it’s so open, friendly, informative and fun. I’m so happy to have found your blog. 🙂

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