Welcome to my humble a-blog.
My name is Andrew Fliegel and right before deciding to type away at this very post, I was in the process of budgeting my next trip.
If the plane in my logo didn’t tip you off, this is indeed a travel blog. And like every travel blog before mine, I’m ready to give a new perspective. I’m truly just your average dude from the suburbs ready to have some fun with this thing. Staying true to the title, I want to produce “snack-able sized” content as I call it – to share my story and ideas as quickly and as effectively as possible. The aim is to have an idea space for travellers like myself in mind or at least anybody willing to read, listen and realize.
So what type of traveller are you Andrew?
I’m a Pocket Wanderer. Or as some may refer to me as, “The Anti-Backpacker” (Yes, someone has actually called me this.)
A Pocket Wanderer is a completely made up thing by yours truly. It describes one who prefers a travel style that is as light as possible; money light, equipment light and most importantly, worry light.
Light enough to fit everything in your literal and metaphorical pockets.
What kind of things are you going to be posting about?
I want to share useful information on the cheapest, lightest and easiest way to go about travelling – from the beginning of the booking process, straight to your post-trip depression. I want to use my personal journals and anecdotes from specific destinations, to give you niche travel tips. Most importantly, I want to start a conversation. I want to know what type of traveller YOU are. What barriers do YOU face while trying to plan a trip? What tips do YOU have for others looking to save some extra cash for their summer vacation?
I aim to give you multiple posts a month.
What makes you any different from the thousands of travel bloggers already out there?
Not much at all really. But I will say this…
As a generalization, most popular travel bloggers, vloggers or Instagrammers aspire to make travelling the world their day job, if they have not already. They write about leaving their life behind to take on the world with an empowering attitude while on a shoestring budget. On the other side of the spectrum, there are travel bloggers who review locations, hotels, airlines, food and attractions all at the leisure of their sponsor. The truth is… this kind of travel experience is just not relatable for the average everyday student, parent or working-class citizen.
Now, I’m not here to bash other travel bloggers or say that, “It’s my way or the highway!” I’m doing this to share with you my experience travelling and how you don’t need to drop your entire life behind you to see the world.
Travelling is something anyone and everyone should do.
Where did you even come from?
I was born in Edmonton, Alberta and was raised there for about half my life. I am 23 now, living in a small suburb outside Toronto, Ontario. I’ve graduated from a college Journalism program and am currently in university studying Communications and Digital Media – in the hopes to one day be a creative director at a travel agency. Most of my free time involves studying, trying out new foods, geeking out over superheroes, watching travel vlogs and mapping out my next adventure.
Ok Mr. Travel Guru, tell us, where have you been?
To date, I have been to:
- South Korea (Seoul, Incheon)
- Taiwan (Taipei, New Taipei City, Taoyuan)
- Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara)
- Poland (Warsaw)
- Serbia (Belgrade, Novi Sad, Zrenjanin)
- Greece (Halkidiki, Corfu)
- Unites States of America (New York City, Orlando)
- Canada (Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton)
I also currently have my next destination in the woodwork…but that is a tale for another time.
Why Should I Care?
I have only scratched the surface of the world and so far I have discovered the purity of travelling on a dime, going destination to destination without being bogged down by heavy loads or expectations — but most importantly, always experiencing the world with a clear and open mind.
By sticking with us here, you won’t just get another travel blogger; you’ll get a storyteller. You’ll get someone who wants to travel the globe, but still, find solitude and adventure at home. You’ll get someone who will be your friend and someone who will be your worst enemy. You’ll get someone exactly like yourself and someone who is nothing like you at all. You’ll get someone you can teach and someone you can learn from.
I’m ready to break the mould of the 21st-century travel blogger and I want to do it with you by my side!
What do you say?
Until Next Time.