Although this blog used to directly chronicle my round the world travels, the stories are now most often presented non-linearly. This makes it hard to know where I am and what I’m working on right now!
This is the state of things as of March 2018.
Location & Travel Plans
I have just finished a major project that took the better part of my life this past year. After finishing 500 miles of the Camino de Santiago Frances last summer (and staying offline for six weeks), I jumped straight into a work opportunity with USAID. It was a tourism development project in Kyrgyzstan and USAID brought me on as a consultant for content development and SEO services. I took my final trip in February 2018, and I spent my visit training locals and empowering with the skills to maintain their newly written tourism websites (which I also wrote and optimized for search: Jyrgalan, Osh, South Shore, and Karakol!). It was fascinating to partake in designing tourism products and services that will boost and support the Kyrgyz economy for years to come. I am thrilled. After years of writing about social enterprises and the need for tourism to directly contribute to local economies, this USAID project ramped up my knowledge and understanding tenfold.
As of March 2nd, I am an official resident of Barcelona, Spain! I am equal parts thrilled and terrified. :)
Projects and Passions
2016 marked the end of most of my client projects. I am on a long hiatus from marketing consulting, at least outside the travel sphere. These past year have been a welcome break from that line of work, which I did for more than 10 years. Saying no to the consulting work freed me to focus on my passion projects and launching new things that I’ve wanted to push out into the world for a few years now. Here’s a quick snapshot on those:
- Country guides. Every time I travel, I round-up my tips and resources, now they’re getting formally laid out and easy to browse. You guys asked for more of these, and they’re popular on the site, so I am expanding this section. The first dozen are up now, I’d be chuffed if you check them out.
- Editing my 5,000+ backlog of photos from my travels so I can share those stories in the coming year.
- Supporting my GV Ambassadors who are dedicating their time to my responsible travel website. This is a passion project that often falls through the cracks when I don’t say no to enough things.
Need to Get in Touch
Right now, I’m focusing all my of attention on these projects. If you’d like to connect on one of these things, read of my contact page or join me on social media:
This page is inspired by Derek and was last updated on March 6, 2018.
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