Having grown up in a fairly extreme family environment. In other words not so nice. I spent the greater portion of my life trying to leave a place I always knew was never my home. Working, saving, surviving and dreaming.
Long before this journey I made a much shorter similar one. It turned into a travel adventure for the pure enjoyment of travel. After that it was back to work on the bigger task ahead.
Then in 2005 I began the overland part of this current journey thinking it would only take a year or so. That was 14+ years ago and yes I'm still going.
This solo migration has been a much greater task than I ever expected.
It's not so easy to find a home as I am finding out. Read my article on "The Definition of Home". Many people say home is a state of mind not a place. Well, I disagree. Why? Not having the security of a home - meaning no family or no residence - means you're truly on your own. Nothing to fall back on. If I don't find something, I am toast.
People throughout the ages have done similar things. Look at the millions clawing their way out of developing countries in search of a better place to live. And also the countless people sitting in offices around the world today dreaming of a better life elsewhere. Well I went through the same thing and now I'm making that dream come true.
Wanting to find a new country to live in this manner can either fall into the category of idiot with no sense or a wandering nomad. I would prefer neither stereotypes. I am quite honestly simply looking for the best place to live!
Some of your Questions.
For each country I visit there is a mini guide with several unique sections pertaining to this journey. Over the years this website has become a vast travel resource that helps many people. Check out the travel resources section for things from up to date travel guides to in depth features.
The travel blog is my journal. Starting as a private diary of sorts it's developed into a modern day explorers journal which includes helpful guides and insights into local food. This world is constantly changing and I am documenting it like no one else out there.
I also founded The Digital Archaeology Foundation and Missing Trekker.
In 2014 I rewrote the standard format for guidebooks and began publishing digital guidebooks to Nepal.
In 2017 Himalayan
Travel Guides published my guidebook to Nepal in print.
In 2019 the second
edition of my guidebook to Nepal was published by Himalayan
Travel Guides and my new book
Kathmandu Valley Heritage Walks was also published.
Here are a few more things that might help you find out more: Welcome tour to new subscribers & the 5 stages of long-term travel
I'd travelled extensively back in the 1990s before I started this current journey and kept a diary like many others do and emailed myself a copy of it as a backup. For this journey I started a small private blog as a personal online journal. Emailing myself notes just wasn't working anymore - we are talking 2005 here. But strangers stumbled onto it and started to read about my journey. It took off from there.
The website has been through a few subtle changes over the years. But I created it for something quite basic:
"With no home, this has become my place to hang my photographs and write my findings as I discover what many others would like to know ..."
I venture to places and find myself in situations very few people have documented. I am proud to say that this is no cookie cutter travel blog nor a fame-starved man's copycat attempt of a book. I know who I am and this is an original pioneering look at travel via 21st century migration.
By these means The Longest Way Home has now become one of the most read travelogues in the world. And without a doubt has become the most documented story arc in online travel history.
From all of this maybe my story can help inspire someone else or motivate them to get through some rough times and push forward with their lives. If I can do this - so can anyone!
Everything on The Longest Way Home was written, photographed, designed, coded and paid for by me.
There are no sponsored articles, posts and no trips or products have ever been paid for by anyone else other than me. The upside side to this is that everything here is 100% genuine, frank, unique and influenced by nobody. The downside? Please excuse the odd typo!