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All around the Earth Travel Blog
All around the Earth is the travel blog that will take you to the best, wildest and most adventurous places of the Earth from the safety of your internet connection.

That makes it sound like I know what I am doing here, right? To be honest, I'm still figuring out this blogging thing...

But no worries, I am working on that.

The fact that you are here, on this page, means that something I made, wrote or said sparked your interest to check out what and who is behind All around the Earth. I feel flattered.

So who is behind All around the Earth?

That will be me: Hi, I am Mano. I'm somewhere in my twenties and originally from the Netherlands. I am a biologist working with African wildlife, a job that brings me to some of the most awesome and remote places in the world.

What else is there to say?

You might already have noticed, but I am terrible at this "tell me about yourself" writing. These few paragraphs about myself are probably the worst writing I have ever published. But I really should give it a try, because apparently there are people that like to know a little about who is behind All around the Earth... So here it goes:

So, I'm Mano, in my twenties, from the Netherlands.I love nature, I love travel and I love to be outdoors.

Currently, I am back in the Netherlands where I live in my car among the "normal" people in suburbia. I work two jobs that are in no way related to biology, as a delivery guy and a truck driver, and I am trying to get All around the Earth up and running on the side.

Writing this “about” page is as personal as I get, and even this feels awkward. But hey, people always say how the about page is the most important of your blog, so I gave it a try. For those that do want to get to know me better: check out some of my posts and you might figure me out a bit more.

Why a travel blog?

Talking with people about my work and my travels, I often hear the sentence "You should write about it" or "You should start a blog". I always used to ignore this, as blogs, I believed, were for annoying attention seeking teenage girls that loved talking about themselves too much... I was just living my life, who would care to read about that?

Well, look at me now...

Still no attention seeking teenage girl, and still not a big fan of talking about myself, but I do own a blog now. So what happened there? I'll tell you!

Man, how I was wrong about blogging.

My opinion about blogs slowly changed when, while traveling, I discovered the huge source of information that are travel blogs. Suddenly I discovered that there were blogs that were actually interesting and helpful. I started reading blogs and they gave me great tips of things to do and places to go. I found out that blogs were actually quite cool. Though, I admit, there are also a lot of terrible ones out there (Like my own probably!).

This was when I came across some blogger's income reports which, at that moment, I didn't care about at all. Why would I care? Good for them, but I would never start a blog anyway.

My work with wildlife is my passion, it's what I have dreamt of doing since I was a kid and what I hope to keep doing for the rest of my life. It's awesome, and I love it. However, it's not something to get rich with. In fact, it's even hard to make a living out of it.

That's where this blog comes in. By writing this blog about my other passions, mainly travel, hiking and nature, I set up a little passive side income that will help me keep doing what I'm doing. It would also fit perfectly with my work as I would be able to pause it if necessary but still keep it online. The only problem was, I didn't like talking about myself too much.

Oops, did I just sort of admit I set up this blog to earn money?

Well, errr, that's not entirely true. But yes, I admit, part of the reason I set up All around the Earth was to earn a little passive side income to help me keep doing what I love. Isn't that why all blogs are set up?

In early 2018, while in-between jobs, I decided to start a travel blog documenting my previous and future travel experience. With lots of time and no idea how to do this blogging thing, lots of mistakes were made and All around the Earth didn’t really launch as high as I would have wanted.

A few months into blogging, I found my dream job in a remote corner of Africa. Blogging from the African jungle with no connection to the outside world was, however, impossible. So I let blogging for what it was.

This year in the jungle was the best thing that could happen to me, both professionally as blogging-wise. It gave me time to re-think my blogging 'career', where I wanted to go with it, and I contemplated on previous made mistakes. Best of all, it gave me the time to prepare new posts, update and improve old ones, and I even thought of writing a book. But that will be something for later. First, let’s restart All around the Earth.

Im turning this blog into a means that will help me become independent, both financially as location independent, which helps me pursue a future in Wildlife Biology and Conservation.

And when writing about a passion, there is no punishment in writing at all.

So now you know all about All around the Earth and about me, there remains one important question to be answered:

Where will we go from here?

We'll go from the Kiwis of New Zealand to the Muskoxen in Norway; from Amsterdam to Grand Bassam; by train, hitchhiking, or public transport; from hiking in the European mountains to camping on the beach of a remote island paradise off the coast of West-Africa; and one day, hopefully, to visit the Mountain Gorillas in the Congo.

I'm still dreaming...

let me tell you about that time I was charged by a muskox in the Norwegian highlands, or when my bus broke down in the middle of the night in the Ivory Coast, or when I went crocodile hunting bare foot in Gabon, or when a Bosnian ranger and his friends got me drunk before hiking back, or when Malaria dreams made me believe I was an octopus, or... or... or....

There is so much to write about.

Does all of this sound cool? Of course it does! So join me on my travels! Follow All around the Earth on social media or subscribe to the All around the Earth mailing list and I will show you the world.

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