My plans were to explore and photograph NYC so my day pack was packed with my DSLR, NYC Subway map and book to read. As I was about to walk out the door to start my day my phone rang from an unknown number. I normally never answer unknown numbers, but my gut told me to go ahead and answer, so I did. It was Kristina from NBCLATINO.com and she wanted to speak with me. She let me know she got my contact information from a mutual friend of ours who sent her my blog information and details of what I have been doing. She let me know she was interested in doing a piece on me along with input from me. She asked me to send her information about me, why I did what I did and my top 10 travel destinations. When she mentioned the “Top 10” part a million thoughts crossed my mind because I’m not a huge fan of “Top 10” post, but thought how could I pass this up. She let me know she needed everything ASAP so the post can go out the following day. So I did what I do best work under pressure, because I am one of the biggest procrastinators in life.
What came to fruition is my favorite post about me ever, because it sums up who I am perfectly. If you haven’t checked it out you can check it out here: “After traveling the globe, the “Breakaway Backpacker” tells us his top 10 travel destination“. I know recently my blog & I have been getting a lot of exposure (I was also featured on Mashable “Acrobatic Blogger Puts Your Travel Photos to Shame” and other major publications) and it’s been crazy. I still am trying to wrap my head with everything that has been happening recently and trying to understand how it all happened. For now all I can say is another huge welcome to all the new readers to Breakaway Backpacker. This is my baby, my passion, my outlet to share my story and help others live a happy life.
I just got home from a 2 year backpacking trip around the world and am currently working to save and do it all over again. Even though I am home at the moment I still have a lot of stories to share so will continue to do so. I recently answered some of the most common questions I get in a series of three post: “Random statistics from a 2 year backpacking trip around the world.” – “How much do it cost to travel the world for 2 years?” – “Finally, my answers to all your questions about my RTW trip & random things.“. Be sure to check them out and let me know what you think. If you want to know more about me check my “About Me” page or just browse through the blog, but for now though I thought it’d be best if I re-shared my top 10 travel destinations with the same captions on the NBCLATINO.com post, but include links to related post. Oh & yes I wrote those captions and took the photos as well (except the one I am in). I mention that because I have been asked often. Enjoy…
“Get lost in one of the best-conserved colonial cities in Latin America. As you explore the amazing architecture and structure of Granada you will encounter bright colors around every corner, along with an opportunity to get lost in conversation with the humble locals,”
“A crafts lover paradise –Chichicastenango is home to one of the largest markets in Latin America. The market is a colorful affair that runs on Thursday and Sunday of every week and is where locals come from the surrounding villages to sell their handmade goods and crafts,”
“Chefchaouen is where your eyes will encounter a million shades of blue. You will get lost as you walk around the ancient Medina surrounded by the Rif Mountains in northwest Morocco. The blue-washed homes make a dramatic backdrop to a village carrying on with life,”
“The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is home to many historic sights, but the best part is its cuisine. It has a flavor of living life just right and enjoying the moment,”
“Welcome to a country that has been making headlines since the dawn of time. Cairo is not for the fainthearted — it is unapologetic as it roars through the chaos of its daily life. With so much history, both ancient and new alike, you can spend a lifetime here and never see it all,”
“If Barcelona and Cairo ever had a baby, it would be Istanbul. This is the place where East meets West. This is the place where cultures clash at just the right mix, and it leaves you lost in translation,”
“Tranquil waters surrounded by endless rows of palm trees as life in villages near by go on undisturbed — all while you are lounging around on a floating home. The Kerala Backwaters is where you will be disconnected from the life you know and thrown into pure bliss,”
El Nido, Philippines
“Named ‘El Nido,’ because from above it looks like a birds nest, this slice of paradise is quite remote from the rest of the Philippines, and is just now becoming more accessible. Visiting El Nido is like finding yourself in a place so unimaginable, you are in awe your entire stay, and I am quite certain dinosaurs still live around here,”
Siem Reap, Cambodia
“Siem Reap is home to Angkor Wat — the largest religious structure ever built on Earth. The thing about visiting Cambodia is you can’t just visit for its ancient history, you must also visit to learn and be educated about its tragic recent genocidal history,”
Sahara Desert, Morocco & Egypt
“As you stand on the edge of the Sahara Desert, and billions upon billions of grains of sand lie ahead of you, and the wind dances with them; shapes them into a million patterns on the dunes, you will never feel this tiny in life. Tiny in a way that makes you realize we all play a small role on Earth’s journey through life,”
I would love to hear your thoughts if you have any. I must admit it was no easy task picking my top 10 travel destinations after visiting over 100 cities. I am not saying these are the best places on Earth, these are just my top 10 destinations from my 2 year backpacking trip around the world. I would also like to apologize for not posting as often. The last few weeks have been very crazy for me. I went from being home working 12 hour days at work to being crazy busy in Toronto for TBEX and now busy on vacation in NYC. Don’t worry though I have more stories coming out soon along with even having some published on NBCLATINO.com. EEEEeeee yes it’s not set in stone yet, but working on it. I will of course keep all of you in the loop and be sure to share anything that is not published here, but by me with all of you. Thanks again for reading my blog and sharing it with others and as always if you need anything please let me know.