Reflecting on the past year I would like to start by saying thank you. Without any readers, this blog wouldn’t make much sense. So thank you for reading about what is so important to me: Enabling people, even those who don’t have a lot of time when they travel, to make the most of their experiences. To enable everyone to stay with locals and to learn from them about culture, traditions, history, and food.
Now that 2017 is over it is time to tell you what this blog is going to be all about in 2018. Am I going to suddenly change and write about luxury travel or adventure travel? No, of course not. I am going to continue updating you on different ways to stay with locals, about how to get an in-depth dive into local culture, history and traditions and of course delicious food of the places I visit.
So does that mean I am going to continue on like I did in the last year? Well, no. Last year I had no idea what I was doing most of the time. It was hard work figuring out how to run a blog, what kind of content I wanted to share with you all, and most importantly how I wanted to share it with you. After about 7 months of trying to find my niche, my voice and my brand I think I finally have a good foundation on which to build for the new year.
The next year is going to be basically split into two halves. The first half (January to June) when I am still working full time at an IT company in Japan. And the second half (from July onward) when I will start traveling around the world with my boyfriend Taka for one whole year (or until the money runs out).
For you, as my readers, this means I will do my best to publish two blog posts per week for the first half year, but there might we less if I am too busy with work. Please understand that I am doing everything I can to create interesting content for you all, but I wouldn't want to publish something mediocre just to have published two posts per week.
These blog posts will probably not be so much about my actual travel experiences, because there won't be that many between January and June. I will be basically located in Tokyo busy with work and the preparation for my upcoming trip. For the blog posts this means that you will be able to read more about Couchsurfing and it's competition and I will be letting you into more of Japan's cultural secrets and traditions.
I will also start reviewing my favorite restaurants that I really think you should be visiting when you visit Japan (and in particular Tokyo). I just love Japanese food so much. The best part is that there is extremely delicious cheap food in Japan and of course, also fantastic, mouthwatering food that is not so cheap. I will let you know where to find both kinds on my blog in 2018.
The next couple of months will bring you something else that is new on The Social Travel Experiment. I am doing a giveaway. The first giveaway on the blog, so I am really excited about it. I have just started planning how to do it, and there is still a lot of decision making to be done. But I can let you know right here that is is going to be a really useful object for all your travels to foreign countries if you want to meet locals. To make sure you won't miss the announcement sign up to my mailing list right now, where I will announce the give away and the rules to win it!
From July we are finally going to start on our around the world trip. Our first stop will be Hong Kong, followed by a 3-week road-trip through England and Scotland, and then on to the rest of the world. We will be really busy trying to see as much as possible of the world through the eyes of the locals that we meet without breaking the bank.
I will, of course, continue to share all kinds of tips I pick up on the way, no matter if it is about Social Accommodations like Couchsurfing or Airbnb, about local culture and customs I got to learn about from locals, or food that I really enjoyed and hope you will enjoy too when you get the chance to visit.
So stay tuned also in the new year, and if you haven’t already signed up for the newsletter with the sign-up form above. That way you will never miss an update and you will also be the first to get a series of valuable tips on how to make the most of your travels right to your inbox as soon as it is finished.
Again, thank you so much for reading The Social Travel Experiment and if you have any requests about content you would like me to cover, questions you have about content or anything else really make sure to leave a comment below or send me an email!
I wish you all a very happy and exciting New Year with many chances to travel and experience the world like locals!