Matt Kepnes posing in front of a mountain in Colombia

Posted: 1/28/2019 | January 28th, 2019

Let me say what most of you are (in all probability) considering: this weblog type of sucked in 2018. It basically may well have began sucking a bit toward the finish of 2017. Possibly even 2016.

What do I imply by that?

Nicely, although we continue to generate “how-to” content material that I am extremely proud of and believe is greater and a lot more detailed than what else you will uncover on the internet (’cause we’re the ideal!), these sorts of articles — although I like writing them due to the fact, to me, spending budget travel is like solving a puzzle (and they are wonderful for Google) — just does not make a blog….properly, a weblog.

They lack character.

They are beneficial, certain, but you study blogs due to the fact of the people today behind them, not just the valuable information and facts they give.

And I believe this web-site has turn out to be a lot significantly less private and a bit stale more than the final couple of years.

I just haven’t been motivated to create something “personal.” As soon as in a although, certain, but like in the old days? Ehhh. Not truly.

I do not travel as a lot as I employed to and believe my days are fairly mundane. I imply who cares about what I consume for breakfast, what I do on the weekends, or truly something non-travel associated?

Additionally, I felt like my thoughts and feelings about travel had been currently out there and that there was nothing at all else truly left to say.

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So what was left to create about?

A further “best hostel in X” post, that is what!

I do not really feel I truly wrote something “groundbreaking: final year. A lot of what we posted in 2018 was just old posts updated with new content material.

A couple of weeks ago, I pointed out moving to Paris (temporarily but possibly forever? Who knows! I got to attempt it out very first). NYC is an unproductive spot for me and I want to devote a lot more time writing this year. I need to have a new space for that. I need to have a spot exactly where I really feel my inventive juices flowing.

I do not know if that is Paris but I know it is not NYC.

But, as I pointed out in that post, this year, I want to modify this web-site as well.

Or, really should I say, modify it back to what it employed to be.

I want to create a lot more stories.

Immediately after a two year break and a case of unmotivation, I’m lastly feeling motivated once more.

This year you are going to see not only the “how-to” posts we’re great at right here but also a lot more of me — a lot more about my life as a traveler, a lot more posts about the emotional ups and downs of travel, and a lot more posts about people today.

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I’ve got a dozen articles drafted on my desktop: thoughts on globalization and travel, plastic and travel, life in hostels, what I hate about travel ideal now, becoming connected “to home” on the road (I’ve noticed a lot of hostels have Netflix now), receiving “stuck” in locations, why I by no means want to hear about digital nomads once more, and a bunch a lot more stuff!

I’ve been writing up a storm this month.

And I’m also going to commence sharing a lot more pictures and stories on my Instagram (in particular as I’ll in all probability have a lot to say when attempting to settle into Paris)!

One particular other point that is taking place this year: I’m opening the web-site up to a lot more guest posters beginning in March. I want to bring in various voices and a lot more stories on the web-site. Folks who are just beginning out or have experience in a specific region.

It is a new thought. I do not know how it will function. I want to generate some recommendations very first (so do not e mail just but! If you do, we will not reply!) as I want to make certain we do this ideal!

So, yes, new year, new me!

But also a “new” weblog!

I’m excited to make this web-site private once more.

Who knew I had so a lot nevertheless left to say following all?

I guess all that was missing was a bit of motivation!

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