Some time has now passed since my last footsteps in Africa yet the one man travel plan lives on as I try to write up my experiences and hone my travel writing talents with the aim of publishing and funding more odessies of curiosity.

As well as the writing side I am organsing exhibitions of photgraphs and paintings from my trip, partly for their asthetic beauty and partly so I can share and hopefully inform people about some lesser known parts of the world.

And then there is always the next trip... the journey never ends.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

One Man Travel Plan

One Man Travel Plan

I would love to see someone make a travel documentary without the aid of, a big budget, film crew and logistical support. Can anyone with enough determination do it? Can anyone independently document every aspect of an epic journey from planning to editing? I think they can, which is why I have a one man travel plan.

I have decided to travel through Europe to North Africa and the vast Sahara desert. Then on through west Africa via the fabled city of Timbuktu to the steamy jungles of the Congo basin. Maybe further.

Why West Africa? Well to me and I'm sure most people this is a mysterious region that isn't documented other than when there is a war or catastrophe. The path less trodden is always appealing to those who are curious.

I would also like to look at the nature of journeys. As I will be on what I am sure will be a life changing journey I am aware that other people are undertaking far more serious and pressing journeys than mine.

There are those in Calais who are displaced by war and have traveled from as far as Afghanistan and risked every thing on an unimaginably difficult journey. There are others who have traveled against all the odds across the Sahara to reach a better life in Spain and Europe only to drown in the treacherous straits of Gibraltar. From Tuareg tribes, who due to climate change are leaving the desert for the city, to migrant workers and expats, I hope to meet people on very different journeys to mine and see what they have to say.

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