Get to know this website, and owner, by reading this Q&A section. At the bottom there is a list of additional pages to consult in your search of wisdom and entertainment.
Question: First of all, where have you been and written about on this website?
Answer: If you would like to see a map and article indicating just about everything that has been published by Sandalsand, head for the World Map. Visited countries amount to more than 60.
Q: Who are you really? Sandalsand is perhaps not your proper name?
A: I am making an effort not to publish private information about myself and very few images of me. There are no images of family and friends on this website.
The profile and the foot in the sandal belongs to a real human being from Norway, by the name of Bård Humberset.
I’m a political scientist and have been working full time since the late 1980s in the fields of analyses, consulting and auditing. I’m also the father of three. It goes without saying that personal priorities and national legislation have been the determining factors when it comes to how lengthy my vacations, hence my travels, have been – and perhaps will be.
Q: How, would you say, the world of travel blogging looks like?
A: Well, some travel bloggers are on a round-the-world trip and publish a blog for the length of it. They will last a year or so, and will perhaps never return to either. Others have made it a living to travel relentlessly from place to place and to blog about it. They become disillusioned and exhausted after four-five years.
Some are expats living for extended periods in faraway countries and are able to go below the surface and come up with stories full of insight. They could go on for a decade or more.
Many blogs are largely photo blogs and aim at the needs of the casual browser. Others have readers who are more likely to read lengthy, anthropological essays about life in a remote rural place with only a picture or two thrown in for good measure.
Q: And how do you see yourself in this larger picture?
A: I see myself as being somewhere in between. I have never lived in another country and my most lengthy trip lasted 6 months. My vacations have on the other hand been largely devoted to travelling elsewhere, finding new places and new faces. That is also the reason why I’m reluctant to call this website a travel “blog”. It deals with travelling but not on a daily basis, or even regular basis.
Q: Are you a traveller or a tourist?
A: Some would like to distinguish between being a traveller and being a tourist. I don’t. Some (“travellers”) like to sip chai with the locals in a wet market, others (“tourists”) are keen on studying every angle and angel in the local cathedral. I prefer the best of both worlds.
Q: What then is your message to the world?
A: I like travelling. Short and long hauls. Certainly across the world. And I have done so for more than 30 years. On this website I have since 2011 shared some of my impressions, pictures and videos. My hope is modest: I hope my readers will be inspired.
Q: It seems that having a travel blog is simply not enough to reach out to the world. Are you active on social media as well?
A: You are probably right, and consequently I have accounts on several other sites and social media. I am constantly experimenting with the various providers.
This is a standing invitation: Have a look into my Sandaltweet account on Twitter, the Sandalgram account on Instagram, Sandalfilm on YouTube, Sandalsand M on Google Plus, and subscribe to news from this main channel of mine, the travel blog account of Sandalsand. I have even opened a subdomain with content solely in my own language, Norwegian, called Sandalsand på norsk. (There is a link in the top menu for easy switching between the two sites.)
The “Sandals…..” in different varieties are for the public travelling part of me. The professional side resides on LinkedIn and the private on Facebook. I see no reason to make a goulash out of all these media ingredients.
Q: Finally. The Sandalsand website is big and keeps growing. How should new and returning visitors go about finding interesting and useful content?
A: There are several levels to complete in understanding this website.
- Level 1 is the “About” page, the one you are now reading.
- Level 2 is the “World Map” page lists of all trips. My trips are the foundation of my other content: Photos, videos and World Heritage Sites.
- Level 3 is the “Destinations” page introducing the world regions.
- Level 4 is the “Special articles” page: Travel related, but no specific travel accounts.
Been there, done that… There is so much left to explore… Yes, but what? Read this article, a free-standing Level 5. One more thing: There’s always the sitemap presenting all permanent pages and categories (i.e. countries) available from the top menu.
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