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Adventure Travel. Abandoned Places. Off The Beaten Track Travel.
I’m Richard, the founder and editor of Travel Tramp.
I’m an adventure traveller who can’t sop getting off the beaten track!
I love going to countries that don’t even exist and places that tourists won’t visit. I want to show you that there are destinations that can still be discovered and incredible journeys that haven’t yet been made.
I’m a travel [mad] Englishman who writes what no one else writes and goes where no one else really wants to go.
Right now I’m slowly travelling from London to Lhasa! Find out more about this epic journey HERE.
How many countries have I visited on my travels? Find out HERE!
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So What Is Travel Tramp All About?
I’m aiming to see as much of the world as possible, and as many interesting and unusual sights as possible too. That’s why I get off the beaten track. I visit abandoned places, countries which don’t exist and places which have yet to be defined as tourist hotspots.
I’m not aiming to inspire people to quit their jobs and travel, although if you do, then good for you. I believe that everyone should try this at least once in their life if they can, and it’s what I’m doing right now!
I’m hoping to inspire you to realise that there are many more interesting places left to be discovered in the world. There are countries that have barely been visited yet, and countries that don’t even exist! Many of these untouched and off the beaten track places, are such because they have an element of darkness about them. They are hard to reach or have suffered from regional conflicts and politics, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be a tourist there!
It’s not your usual travel blog material. But it’s definitely interesting.
So What Else Can I Find At Travel Tramp?
Among the darkness is the thrill of urban exploration. I love exploring old and abandoned buildings. It scares the hell out of me. But it’s worth it for the excitement and the romantic decay.
You can find everything from abandoned hospitals in Turkish Kurdistan to decaying theme parks in Bali on this website! And I’ll show you how you can explore them too. If you dare…
Travel Off The Beaten Track
I try to get off the beaten track as much as possible. I want to show you that there are great places left to discover. Places that are untouched, authentic and downright interesting to explore. These places can be hard to get to, but I want to show that it’s possible and more importantly, that it’s worth it.
Dark Tourism is defined as tourism involving travel to places that are historically associated with death or tragedy.
I know, it sounds very dark.
I discovered I was a dark tourist by accident. I realised that a lot of the places I visit and write about on this blog have a dark element to them. Not always. But more often than not. I’ve visited the radioactive wasteland of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, breakaway territories and unrecognised republics, and more Soviet relics than I even thought existed.
The Countries Which Don’t Exist
I’ve made it a habit recently of travelling to countries which don’t exist. These are unrecognised, breakaway territories. I’ve been to Kosovo, Transnistria and Abkhazia to name but a few. These places are difficult to travel to, politically charged and in terms of conventional tourism, completely untouched. As a result of their intriguing situations, there’s a lot of dark tourism opportunities to be found.
Photos From The Road
I update this website regularly with photographs from around the world. From capital cities, to breakaway republics. There’s photos from all walks of life and places well off the beaten track. You can peruse at your leisure.
The Survival Guides are an attempt by me, as a travel writer, to be useful. I want to inspire others to go where they fear to tread, and to visit strange and unusual destinations. That’s why I’m putting together particular guides for the trickier places to travel to. These will help you to really start to explore off the beaten track.
I’m talking with and interviewing like minded travellers and adventurers. People making epic overland journeys by bicycle, fellow dark tourists and travellers who can’t stop crossing borders and getting off the beaten track. They are teaching me how to travel better, and they can teach you the same.
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