About seven years ago, I found a blog. I have no idea how I found it or what I typed into Google at the time, but once I saw it, it couldn’t be unseen. A couple, newly married, was taking an extended honeymoon of sorts, and traveling around the world for just over a year. Holy hell. Is that possible? What an adventure! I can’t believe they created something so magical and unique and life-changing. And then I did some more searching. And I realized that there were more out there. Just like them, or in some cases, even more outrageous, travelling without any end insight, cobbling together new careers out of their desire to be on the road indefinitely.
Over the years I’ve lived vicariously through individuals, couples and even families who have had a dream of wandering and made it happen in a way that seemed spectacular to me. Many of these people had their adventure of a lifetime and resumed their lives at home, expanding their families, returning to careers and keeping their online journals as a record of an amazing experience. But others have never returned, choosing to stay on the road, and without meaning to, have been the developers of the now-fruitful travel blogging industry.
As a tribute to my original sources of inspiration, here is the short list of online journals (they’re not quite the travel blogs of today, so I’m keeping with the old-fashioned name) that started it all. With little exception, none of these are active sites, but instead are a time capsule of an adventure. Oh, and I must say it out loud, having an adventure like this is still my one and only goal in life.