This balloon is taking off. The summer is here and with it comes a rapid increase in the flow of time. I apologize, I seem to start all of these State of the Savage posts with some comment on how fast time is going by and yet, day to day, it feels like the fall will never get here. June proved to be a month of pragmatic thinking for Traveling Savage, as you probably noticed in my posts.
Plans & Happenings
I started off the month by talking about how to survive on the road without your significant other as Sarah and I chatted about possible pitfalls with the plan. I pondered the effect of pilgrimage on travel before tackling travel blogging as a business. Finally, I presented a case study of how we are saving money for travel. Reality is setting in and we need to get our ducks in a row. Beyond the posts, I’ve been spending slices of time developing a business plan and putting together an advertising rate card (though I’m waiting for Google’s impending page rank update before I really get my hands dirty).
While I wasn’t able to make it to the Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX) conference this year, I did submit a short to-the-point video that was shown to the folks at TBEX. Hopefully it accurately conveyed my level of dorkiness. I had a lot of fun following the action on Twitter and via the Livestream. By the looks of it, everyone had a fun and educational time. I’m already preparing for TBEX 2011 in Vancouver! Despite missing the conference, June has been the month in which I’m starting to feel integrated in the travel blogging community. I’ve a couple more meet-ups in the works and, in general, I’m really excited to meet my fellow bloggers.
I’ve returned to my investigation of Argentina and where to stay during my month there. I’ve considered what feels like hundreds of angles but I’m starting to make progress. Posts on this are forthcoming, so keep your eyes peeled.
This month I was interviewed twice on account of Traveling Savage and my future travel plans. First, the fine folks at GO! Overseas asked some questions about Traveling Savage and my perspective on the travel industry. A week later, Matt of LandLopers was kind enough to interview me about my planned career break, and I enjoyed tackling his tough questions. I managed to make an impact on a couple of other sites this month. The Brooklyn Nomad’s Travel Blog Rewind featured my post on the Importance of the Quest. I really appreciated this inclusion on a blog I respect. Also from GO! Overseas, they included me in their Top 10 Travel Blogs. I’m honored to make the list in such fine company.
The last six months have been a much-needed return to writing for me. Over the last few months I’ve sprinkled in some moody, more poetic pieces that I’ve referred to as vignettes. My question to you is do you enjoy reading these pieces on Traveling Savage, or do you find them out of place and jarring? I would love to hear your thoughts on this.
Well that’s it for June. Next month I turn 30 and then it’s nothing but drooling into my gray beard and trimming ear hair. But I’ll be damned if I don’t see the world first.
Original photo by bobcatnorth via Flickr under Creative Commons