So why start a travel blog?
After writing travel journals for years I finally got up the courage to create a blog for the epic 13 month adventure through the Americas that my (then) boyfriend and I completed at the end of 2013. Titled ‘KT and Trav around the world’, it was just a simple google blog for our friends and family to follow our travels.
At first I was self-conscious about my writing skills so it started out slowly, but as time went on I got into a rhythm and really enjoyed expressing myself and the passion I feel for travel through words and photos.
Back in New Zealand for a couple of months at the end of our trip, I decided to set up The World on my Necklace to share travel articles, tips and budgeting advice with anyone that wants to read it. There are about 15 travel blogs that I follow on a regular basis and they inspire me. I want to inspire people to travel too.
Most of all I want to show you that it isn’t as hard as you think. You don’t need to be rich. You needn’t be afraid. There is a whole world of experiences out there waiting to be discovered.
One of my other passions in life is walking. I truly believe that walking is the best way to really experience the world. Hiking can take you into untouched wilderness that can’t be accessed by cars or bikes. Wandering around the streets of foreign cities helps you to really be immersed in the local culture. Walking along a coastline you may discover beautiful shells or spot a pod of dolphins offshore. Walking forces you to live in the moment. At a slow pace you notice the small wonders that make up life. If you patiently observe the world it will open itself up to you.
A big focus of The World on my Necklace will be on my hiking adventures. There will be a regular hiking series that will feature articles about the fantastic walks or hikes that I have been on around the world. Some will be well known and pre-plotted. Some I will have mapped myself.
I also have a strong fascination with islands. I can’t pinpoint what I love about them most. Maybe it’s the strong sense of community, or the sense of isolation from mainland society. There is something special about islands. One day I hope to live on one. Because of this, I will also be writing a series around islands of the world. It will showcase some of the amazing islands that I have been to and hopefully inspire you to visit too.
To show people that my travel experiences are far from perfect, check out my Travel Fails for some amusing stories of my mishaps throughout the years.
And the name? I have a necklace with a world globe on it which initially gave me the idea. I also see it as a play on words similar to the Lonely Planet ‘on a shoestring’ guides. I have the world on my necklace, always close to me.
This website is my labour of love and I want to constantly improve on it to make it the best it can be. To help with this, I invite you to send me feedback. Is there something you think that I can improve upon? Do you want any more information about the places I have written about?
Drop me a line, I would love to hear from you.