Who is the Travel Geek?
Hi everyone, I’m Matt Baron, originally I was born in Carlisle, a small city on the English side of the border with Scotland. I’m obsessed with travelling, exploring new cultures and simply living life to the fullest!
Up until the age of 18 I’d travelled to a grand total of just three countries! However this has quickly changed and throughout my studies and living in London I racked up a grand total of more than 65 countries.
Currently I work in Digital Marketing full time, although it’s my dream to become a full-time traveller, creating articles that inspire people to discover unusual destinations.
What motivates me to travel?
Having been to some incredibly dangerous countries including Syria, Iraq, Egypt (during the uprising) and Ukraine (during 2014 riots) I can safely say that I’m an adventure junkie! However, I often find the media can sometimes throw things out of all proportion, therefore when I travel I aim to inspire and show people there are some amazing and undiscovered destinations still out there.
The number of times I’ve been abroad and got sick from various illnesses I’ve lost count, at the time it feels like you’re going to die but looking back at least I can say I had an experience.
Why do I travel so much?
I always try to find the beauty in places, if somebody tells me they’d never visit a place then it’s more than likely I would be willing to. Simply this would be to try change their opinion and find amazing things to do and see there.
Not many people are true adventurers. These days the name has been diluted but many countries are still classed “off-limits” and for this reason I hope to visit these places with my blog.
I always remember my first adventure to Australia. I couldn’t have chosen a place further away from home, however it truly changed my life and kick started my taste for adventure. I usually select my destinations based upon a photo or an image that I’ve seen, I then think that I want to see it for myself.
Live your life now, before it’s too late. If you worry about money you’ll lock yourself away and never truly discover who you really are. Create your own dreams and work towards achieving them, for me personally the fact that I can now visit countries and help other travellers with ideas and suggestions via my blog is something I’d wanted to do for years.
Where is my favourite country?
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been asked this, it’s a really difficult question for somebody to answer who can find adventure in even the most boring places.
Although I regularly provide Iceland as my answer, I can say that I don’t have one specific favourite country as wherever I go I’m usually visiting for a particular reason.
I do prefer to visit places where there’s very few tourists, you feel as though you are getting that authentic experience without being herded around like sheep.