Cheeky Jaunt

There are thousands of travel blogs floating around the web these days. Lots of them are awesome. Others, well not so much. I’m getting at the ones that urge their readers to ‘just drop everything and go for it’. This lack of realistic thinking bothers me – it simply isn’t that easy. People have commitments, responsibilities and careers, which unfortunately mean we can’t afford to take such risks. What’s more, while these blogs might make their authors feel great about themselves, they can have the side effect of making readers feel shit about their own lives, rather than ‘inspiring them’.

This blog doesn’t want to do either of those things. This blog aims to demonstrate that travel isn’t just about selling all your possessions and strapping yourself to a 20kg backpack for six months. It can be about that, and much of the content you’ll read on here will have been created thanks to such a trip, but the point is that awesome travel experiences –  ‘cheeky jaunts’ – can last any length of time, from a weekend escape to a six month sabbatical, and take place anywhere in the world, from the plains of the Sahara to the Yorkshire Dales.

I am not a bearded nomad, and do not apsire to be one (I am neither nomadic or able to grow a beard), but I am determined to make the most of life by experiencing new places and people as often as I can, and for some reason – I can never quite put my finger on it – I feel compelled to write about it.

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In the mountainous, Andalucían region of Las Alpujarras, Spain

In the mountainous, Andalucían region of Las Alpujarras, Spain

The Author

I’m Josh, a web geek and blogger based in Spain. When I travel, I do my best to immerse myself within a culture in order to truly understand and learn from it. I find that speaking another language – something I harp on about from time to time on my ‘expat in Spain’ blog – and generally just keeping an open mind when on the road greatly enhances the travel experience (although being able to speak another language isn’t strictly necessary to achieve a deep, cultural understanding). I’m also convinced that the best adventures are the ones we don’t plan, and that solo travel is the most rewarding type.

bosnia, herzegovina, mostar, mosque

Trying (and failing) to pretend that I am touching the spike of a mosqe in Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina


A few facts:

  • Aside from travel and all things Spain, I love festivals, football and snowboarding.
  • I have quite the appetite, and can often be found devouring tapa after tapa in any of Granada’s free-food bragging tapas bars.
  • I want to invent something- I was genuinely devastated when I discovered that the see-through toaster had already been invented.
  • My dream trip is an Arctic or Antarctic expedition.
  • I couldn’t live without my laptop. Sad but true.
  • I can’t not laugh at animals in clothes or people hurting themselves under comical circumstances.
  • My dream is to win an all-expenses-paid round the world trip. We can all dream though can’t we.
  • I can make my neck disappear!
peru, salkantay, mountains

Hiking the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu, Peru

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