A Rolling Stone Needs No ‘Hoss’ – Progress Report #3


Show you TRAVEL, you say? Oh…   I got this.

Peter Parkorr likes drinking tea

Drinking tea after a day cycling in the Appennines near Modena, Italy

The daily prompt today on WordPress.com asks;
If you could live a nomadic life, would you? Where would you go? How would you decide? What would life be like without a “home base”?

I’ve got your questions so well covered… I’ve devoted not one but two different sites to answering them. Actually, this daily prompt couldn’t come at a better time for me, as I’ve had this progress report half written for a fortnight already.

Thank you, daily prompter.

1. If you could live a nomadic life, would you?

Yes. I am. I can live a nomadic life, and I am living a nomadic life. It’s great. Hence “a rolling stone doesn’t need a horse.” (It’s already rolling…) I’m a long-term traveller. Bases schmases.

Nomadism does have challenges and quirks, and what I’m also trying to do is run a small business while I travel. For the record, having a base would make things much easier, but easy doesn’t necessarily mean best, or most enjoyable. I wrote a piece about making money from travel blogging on travel news site Tnooz recently. But if I just wanted to enjoy myself, I wouldn’t try to make money from a blog.

2. Where would you go?

I left the UK in 2010 and I’ve been to… a lot of places since then. I’m not trying to travel fast, I’m not trying to cross items off a list, but I’ve kept moving.

So, where will I go next? I rarely have a solid plan. Where have I been recently? India and Italy are the big ones. I unintentionally did a grand tour of Italy this May, in pursuit of turning Travel Unmasked into a business I can live off. I made a little video about all the glorious fattening food they eat.

3. How would you decide?

I’m really just going wherever the wind blows me. This is the whole reason I started a second travel site – I wanted it to be entirely about travelling without an itinerary, and not in a way that costs a bomb. I’m getting more stories up at Travel Unmasked all the time, so you can read about where I’ve been, and see the photographs from my travels too.

For example, I was in Berlin for a travel trade show called ITB, trying to find good travel companies and tourism boards to work with as a blogger, and I got an email completely out of the blue inviting me to India. I’d been desperate to go back to India since my first trip in 2010, where I started my full-time travels. I responded, and less than a month later, bam – I’m in India. I’m still not quite sure how it happened. It could only happen because I didn’t already have a plan to be elsewhere. I just made a ‘ultra-highlights’ video of that last week as well, cramming so many distinct bits of footage into a teaser reel;

4. What would life be like without a “home base”?

It’s nice actually. It depends how much you are going to move around. I like to travel slowly and get under the skin of places, rather than just two days in a new spot and claim to have ‘done’ it. Probably because I’m more interested in the culture (the locals) than the sights too. It might be hard to envisage the pleasant baseless sensation if you are thinking about where you would put all your ‘stuff’ – but if you have been travelling a while then the only possessions that matter to you are what you can carry. So the rest is pointless anyway.

Lots more of my take on travel in an interview some nice fellow bloggers got me to do.

Reporting my progress

Possibly I’ve been doing things in the wrong order. I started blogging to track my journey. That’s fine, but now I feel you should focus on the journey more, and treat it as a potential story to tell later.

Either way, the ‘travel blogging’ game is still a great learning curve. There are some incredibly interesting people on the internet, and in their connected circles. I’m meeting people from travel startups, magazine editors, company directors, you name it.

bloggers say no to austerity

Interesting people from the internet. Bloggers in this case.

Going forwards my aims for Travel Unmasked have changed a little, and I’ll be focussed on making the most of my journeys. I don’t want to divert too much energy into documenting it, and take away from the whole point of what I’m documenting. See Dave’s journey for a great example of a nice balance (and my piece about him too). I’ve also got a couple of other projects starting up. These get more likely to succeed every day, thanks to the learning curve again.

And I still plan to be ‘retired by 35’ – although it is an arbitrary measurement, and I wouldn’t actually retire at 35, regardless of how well I do. It’s not a need, or something I want to shout about, but just a challenge that I think I can meet. And I’m all about challenges.

Until the next update,



Much To-Do About Everything – Progress Report #2

Hello! This post is a progress report, details of my endeavours elsewhere, talk of running a blog for profit, considering other ventures, a call out to any frustrated would-be entrepreneurs, and a request to those of you following the blog/on the mailing list.

What I’ve Been Up To

It’s been a while since I paid the world of wordpress.com any attention, with good reason, but it’s still a shame. All my efforts have been going into my other site over at TravelUnmasked.com, so I haven’t been twiddling my thumbs!

Keep on reading…

Trouble Posting

Pondering effective practices and self-imposed obstacles.

“It’s better to be fast and good, than slow and perfect”

Why didn’t someone tell me this when I was young? I spent my first 20 years of existence trying to get everything perfect. But this minute distillation of wisdom only perculated in my direction long after I’d grown. I see the logic and advantages of this approach now, obviously there are disadvantages too, but in many situations they are out-weighed. Too late for me though, I can’t change the habits of over two and a half decades, no doubt the derivatives of a slight tendency towards OCD, extreme perfectionism as it were, and a finely honed expertise in procrastination.

I’m not a defeatist – I am constantly trying to be faster, and happy with good – but the quality/quantity arguement rears its damn head. Photography is different, in that I’m always aiming for quality, but I like to click lots.

3am Fishing Trip, Białystok, Poland

This week brought a form of light balm to my pains; Read on, about travel, blogging, photos…

Accidental Heroics with Dustin Hoffman

Did you hear the one about Dustin Hoffman saving a joggers life?

Well he actually did earlier this year (Ba-bum-tish!), when a 27 year old Londoner had a heart attack in Hyde Park, and the Rain Man himself just happened to be first on the scene. For the same 3 or 4 details repeated and rephrased with as much originality as tulips in Amsterdam, you could see the Guardian, the Telegraph or CNN‘s articles.

Ok, so why regurgitate this old ‘news’? Well, it’s because the whole of the world’s media completely missed the biggest sitter* of an opportunity to make a pun, ever.
‘Read all about it’…

Progress Report #1 – Success and Failure, Laid Bare

It’s time for a recap of my progress to date! It’s almost exactly the middle of the year, and this should have happened sooner, but c’est la vie.

I started this blog on 6th September 2011, much to my surprise, I thought it was mid-November.

So far I’ve posted 18 times (19 including this one) with no real routine – an average of 2 posts a month, but not even managing 2 posts in February, and this will be my first blog post of June too.

My Stats have slowly but steadily climbed, although June has not continued the trend. A lot of my views are directly related to how active I am on twitter, both finding good people (hopefully real people) to follow and how regularly I tweet.

Absolutely everything I can possibly plug-in to twitter, I have done, so for example if I Like a video on Vimeo or Youtube, it automatically tweets. Read more…

On Reading as a Mind Altering Substance, Inspiration, and Murakami

This post is an introduction to a new series of posts I am working on, and features some excerpts from Haruki Murakami’s ‘Kafka by the Shore’.

I have a theory. I’ve been realising lately that certain books and authors have had a much bigger effect on my life than I appreciate. I’m not sure I would have tried an iota of the things I’ve been doing in the last few years if it weren’t for their influence. Read the excerpts, see pics and lots of links too

Quickest travel blog conference write-up in the world, maybe

This is a very brief post in response to a tweet from Mark of @101holidays asking about #TBUMBR on twitter. It will probably change or be superceded later this week!

Quick background – I’m @PeterParkorr, I started this blog Nov/Dec 2011 and this was my first travel blogging event of any sort – I havent even managed a #TTOT, #TNI or tweetup beforehand.

#TBUnite #TBUMBR organised by Oli Gradwell was in Umbria, Italy, as you probably know.

Click to read the rest of my speed-write-up of #TBUMBR

Photo: Through

What do you mean, I’ve missed another Postaweek challenge? I don’t know how…

Nevermind, here’s some pictures that represent this (or last) week’s theme ‘Through’, although I think almost every shot I have from Valleta, Malta, could fit here nicely…

Through Malta's famous Mdina Glass

Through here to see the rest…

Photo: Indulgence (and Incredible India)

Some thoughts and photo’s for a previous weeks Post A Week 2012 theme ‘Indulgence’. These were very nearly posted for last week’s theme ‘Contrast‘, which is another fitting title for what it is I’m saying.

The first photo’s were taken in Varkala, a popular beach for tourists along the coast of Kerala, India.

And the thoughts; Why is the world the way it is? Why is the quality of your life more dependent on your place of birth than on your IQ? Why do some people have more things than they need, and others don’t have basic education, food, or water?

More ‘Indulgence’, a book, and travel photos from India