Thursday, September 12, 2013

A New Kind of Blogathon

Alright, I'm down to the final days before my trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico and I'm ready to unveil an official name for my trip. Heretofore, I shall refer to my trip as the San Juan Blogathon.

For those who have been following my blog over the years, you'll know the term Blogathon is nothing new. But this is a new breed of Blogathon and future excursions will be centered around travel and exploration. I've been working up my list of places I'd like to visit all over the United States and eventually the world. It might seem a little crazy but then again, I might just be crazy enough to pull it off.

Now let me see if I can answer some of the questions you might be thinking in your head right now...

Who's going?
It's just me, myself, and I. I'm not sure why this surprises so many people. Solo travel isn't anything new. In fact, there are plenty of advantages to going it alone. It's easier to plan your time and navigate around a city. I'll admit, it makes me a little nervous to be alone. It's not that I'm all that concerned about safety, it's just that I enjoy the company of others and being alone in a new city can be a little daunting. Then again, I traveled to NYC on my own and loved it so I'm going forward with a boost of optimism.

When are you going?
I catch a JetBlue redeye to NYC on Tuesday, September 17th where I'll connect to a morning flight headed to San Juan. I should finally arrive at my hostel on Wednesday around midday. I'll then have until Saturday the 21st to explore the city before I have to return.

Where are you going?
I'll be staying at a hostel in the middle of Old San Juan. It'll put me within walking distance of just about everything in the area.

What will you be doing?
I'll be doing what I always do: exploring the local and sharing the personal. I don't have an itinerary or agenda. I have a few restaurants I want to try and sights to see but I'm not setting anything in stone until I arrive. I'm sure I'll eat plenty plenty of plantain dishes and relax on the beach at some point but I won't really know until I'm there.

Why are you doing this?
That's a good question. I'm doing it for a few reasons. The biggest reason is because I'm falling in love with travel. It's been a slow process. Between my trips to El Paso and California and NYC, I've been developing a taste for exploration in new cities. I still keep to the same practices of eating and shopping exclusively at local businesses just like I do here in Albuquerque. But it's prime time for me to grow my world a little bigger. Or a lot bigger. I'm in my twenties, I'm in a favorable position, and I have the opportunity to get out and see the world. Of course I'm going to take advantage of it.

I think Puerto Rico will make a great kickoff to this new brand of Blogathon. It's about as far away as I can travel without needing a passport and it'll be all new territory for me.

I hope you're as excited about it as I am because you're my virtual guests. I hope you'll join me for the adventure online. Remember, it's called Follow Eric so make sure you're connected through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If I have dependable access to Wi-Fi out there, I'm hoping to share daily videos on YouTube so make sure you're also subscribed to my channel.

Here, I'll try to make it even easier for you...



Alright now that you're fully connected, any more questions? Comments?

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