It seems compulsory when keeping a blog to write “about us”. The thing is, writing a blog at all feels like an incredibly self-indulgent act of narcissism. Adding something “about us” only fuels this sensation. However, in the unlikely event someone other than our mothers read this, here you go -
We are a couple, Nick and Elle, who are part of that large group of people infected by the travel bug. Between the two of us the list of places we want to travel to is endless. And the list places we have already seen is decent too. It is an addiction of discovery.
Our blog, Follow Me East, began whilst we were attempting to appease this addiction by following each other East across Asia. Hoping for experiences completely out of the ordinary. Expecting to be completely disoriented by colours, smells and sounds. And Asia delivered with abundance.
After 173 days on the road, our journey East through Asia ended. Follow Me East, however, did not. Writing our blog had become an immensely enjoyable project and, as it gained more traction than we'd expected, we decided to continue on as we set about our inexhaustible list of new travel destinations. Now based out of Sydney, with a giant world map hanging from our bedroom wall, we're looking at feeding the travel bug further in whichever direction it takes us.
In the olden days (like 2008), travelers used to keep diaries. In cafés, towns squares and hostels all over the world backpackers could be seen pulling out their notebooks, feverishly scribbling away with their pens. These notebooks were well loved, with tatty edges and bursting at the seams with postcards, maps, and scraps of paper that had been collected along the way. Today however, whether it is the jungles of South America, or the cities of Europe, these same travelers are pulling out their laptops and tablets. They are similarly stuffed with photos, maps and bookmarked pages, but they will never get the frayed edges of a well used book. It is therefore with some nostalgia that we give you our travel diary.