The past month has been busy and plans are starting to come together. Thankfully, winter’s knifing winds and crusty layer of knee-deep snow have started their migration toward southerly climes. Soon, the trees will blossom and it will be time to mow the lawn again. The birds are already back and crazy happy. A season has come and gone, and I continue to march toward my goal.
Much of my time over the last couple of months has been spent researching places I’d like to travel. South America immediately crested the list, and I flip-flopped between Argentina and Chile incessantly. Uruguay entered the fray and blind-sided me with it’s enigmatic towns and romantic backcountry. Now, I can confidently say that I have chosen my first destination: Argentina. I will certainly spend a good chunk of time in Buenos Aires, and I’m looking into the rest of this fascinating and enormous country to determine the kinds of experiences I’d like to pursue. One month seems dreadfully short when I think about the depth of culture and natural beauty throughout the country, so I will need to be judicious about where I choose to travel and for how long I intend to stay. Let’s consider this my first trip to Argentina and certainly not my last. Please post any recommendations in the comments!
I’m heading to San Francisco in May to visit my brother, and I’m planning to treat it like a test version of the type of traveling I’ll do in Argentina and beyond. I’ll be with friends and family, so undoubtedly this will be somewhat limited. However, I think it will be a fun and important trial that will help me refine my ideas. I’ll also get to use some of my new supplies, including my Tom Bihn Aeronaut and Smart Alec bags. Maybe I’ll have a camera or video camera by then, too?
The main change I’ve made to the site since my last update is a complete revamp of the color scheme. I liked my previous grey/orange scheme, but I got some feedback that the contrast between my text and background color made it difficult to read. That feedback coupled with the minor clash of my new banner with the old color scheme led me to use earth tones and warm colors that now match with the banner. I’m happy with the new look, but I’d appreciate any improvement suggestions or thoughts you might have.
I’ve added a ton of links to great blogs in my Good Reads section – please have a look and enjoy! Also, I’m considering adding new sections for photo/video galleries and maps once the travels kick off. Finally, I’m looking into doing some guest posts in the next couple of months. More info to come.
The Audience Question
As I’ve spoken to family and friends about my venture, the question that comes up most often is some form of “how many people can actually travel the way you’re planning to?” In other words, is your niche too small? It’s a good question. I’m hoping that the information I provide and the posts I write will serve three distinct audiences: long-term travelers, vacationers, and armchair travelers. One idea I’m considering is tagging posts with the type of audience I think will find the most use from it. This would provide a convenient way to search for similar posts without being obtrusive or exclusive. But how will my content target these groups? I hesitate to assign generalized types of content that these audiences enjoy. Suffice to say I aim to provide narrative pieces, nuts-and-bolts recommendations, collages and photo essays, video, and overarching reflections on the experiences – positive and negative – along the way. Anyone can participate in and enjoy experiential travel; it’s not a function of the length of a trip.
The Hardest Part
More than three months have passed since I started Traveling Savage and writing and interacting with everyone here has been an awesome experience filled with learning and growth. The hardest part has been not traveling while at the same time trying to provide useful and interesting blog content. There will be some posts in the future related to this topic, so keep your eyes here or on your RSS reader. I’ve calibrated my mindset such that I’m trying not to worry about Alexa, page rank, and site traffic until after my trips start as I think that’s when my content will be more representative of what I plan to write (there will still be plenty of philosophical posts). Regardless, I’ve really enjoyed all of the comments on my posts and I’d like to thank everyone for reading.
Cheers, and bring on April!