When it comes to planning an extended round-the-world (RTW) trip, you have an awful lot of tough choices facing you. If you decide to blog about the entire venture, your decisions quadruple. Some people fret about where to go, how much money to budget, or whether you really need quick drying underwear. Tony and I… well, I’m not gonna lie, we worry about those things too. But the one thing that has plagued us more than it should is what we would name our blog. Everyone always says that the most important thing to worry about when backpacking RTW is your backpack since you’ll be carrying it with you everywhere and it, more than anything else, can really cause you pain. I say that the name of your travel blog is just as important, if not more, since not only will you likely be putting a lot more of your energies into nurturing it, but it also has the potential to stay with you long after the actual traveling is done and your trusty bag is packed away at the back of your closet awaiting your next adventure. At the rate that technology is changing, it might be foolish to say that a travel blog is forever, but I’m approaching this like I would a tattoo: don’t pick something you’re going to regret when you sober up.
As such, Tony and I tried on a lot of different titles before we settled on Twenty Years Hence, including:
- Sifting Sand
- Global Gadabouts
- Life Unplanned
- Naught Lost
- Just the Trip (this one was mostly a joke, but if that URL hadn’t been taken, we may have gone with it, completely ignoring the aforementioned “tattoo sobriety” rule)
Seriously, we’ve been agonizing about this for months now! Some of you may be thinking that several of those options make a lot more sense for a travel blog than our final choice, but while we liked all of those options in some capacity, none of them felt right. I decided to seek out some quotes about travel to see if we could get inspired and stumbled across this quote by Mark Twain:
“20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the one’s you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Suddenly all the pieces fell into place. The myriad reasons why Tony and I have decided to take this trip (in general, as well as why now, specifically) will likely feature in a future post, but the underlying spirit to it is that when we ask ourselves, “In 20 years, what will we regret NOT doing?” the answer to that question is: this trip.
And so, a new way of life, and a blog was finally born.