In case there's anyone else reading this besides me, I would like to welcome you to the official launch of the Earthlooping website! Here you'll be able to follow my round-the-world trip, which is due to start next 19th of October. Until that day, feel free to explore the website, to check it and to contact us in case there's something wrong or whatever you may want to tell me.
The trip is officially going to start in Istanbul (Turkey), although I'll be flying there from Copenhagen, where I'll spend the last days before setting off.
From Istanbul the plan is heading eastwards towards Asia and be on the road for a minimum time of one year. Of course this is only the initial plan, a lot of things can change and maybe I'm back home in a couple of weeks, but I really hope to make it last for as long as possible.
To make family and friends (and whoever that might be interested in it) easy to follow the trip, I've decided to create this website. Together with the website, if you have an Android phone, you can download the Earthlooping app, which is a reduced version of the website and an easy way to follow us from your smartphone. In addition, you will also be able to follow the trip from several social networks: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Google+.
On the website you'll find different categories. The one you're reading is the main page: the blog. Here you'll be able to follow the trip latest news, as I'll be posting as much as I can depending on the time and the Internet connection available, but the idea is that at least once a week there will be an update about the trip. You can subscribe to the blog and get the latest updates in your mail or subscribe to the monthly newsletter and get news from the trip once a month if you find hearing about it every week is too boring.
There's also a pictures and videos gallery where you'll find the best images and videos from the trip sorted by country.
You can also find a section called Top10, with a ranking (according to me) of the very best of the trip.
In the route map section, you can follow the itinerary and see where I am every day, as well as how much time I have been on the road.
The travel guides section is meant to help you in case you are travelling to any of these places. There are a lot of travel guides on the market, but here you'll have up-to-date information about accomodation, transportation, sightseeing, etc.
Next, the travel consulting section is also a place for you. There you'll find your personal travel consultancy where you can design your own customized trip and I will help you arrange everything you need for it.
The challenges section is supposed to be one of the funniest parts of the trip. Second higher education students will be proposing challenges and the best ones will be done and recorded on video and you'll see them published here.
Finally, the about us section is where you'll find a little bit of personal information, a wish list, a suggestions section to help improve the web, and also a section in which you can help the project by sponsoring the trip in the way you like.
Ok, I will stop writing and annoying you with text, so instead of reading this first post, go and explore the website a little bit and give some feedback about it. Hope you like it, you enjoy it and you follow earthlooping during these months!
See you on the road!