10th Year Blog Anniversary
I have now been blogging on travel & tourism related matters for ten years.
A decade that saw our industry dominated by technological advancements, geo-political changes and escalating environmental challenges.
In the process of personally turning sixty this year, my decade of blogging has covered my fifties. It started with my being trackside for Super Saturday at the 2012 London Olympics, and Nomadic Thoughts winning the BTA Best Small Worldwide Luxury Tour Operator Award.
Global international tourism reached over one billion people in 2012 (rising to 1.5 billion in 2019). Uber and AirBnB – today’s biggest transportation and accommodation providers (despite even today not directly owning any vehicles or property) – had hardly started.
Latterly the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on all our fellow industry stakeholders, destinations, and longstanding business associates. Nomadic Thoughts has had to negotiate almost no business for the past two years.
Early 2022 sees transportation companies, accommodation providers and destinations re-calibrate their business models, as travel within Europe returns in earnest. North, Central & South America are also now fully open this month. Interestingly Africa, with such a young demographic, has bounced back in tourism terms a lot quicker than Asia or Australasia. For example, India, Bhutan, Indochina, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, and the south Pacific Islands remain closed.
As Chair of AITO’s Climate Crisis Think Tank (ACT), I too am aware of the challenges we all face in addressing the burgeoning climate crisis.
Despite humankind’s unfolding story and that of the planet we live on, I remain steadfastly optimistic for the future. I wholeheartedly believe that well-managed tourism remains a force for good, and the most important line of international communication.
To that end, I have chosen, with brief explanations, twenty of my favourite photos, all taken over the past decade since I started blogging.
Thank you for reading this blog. I hope my second decade of blogs continues to be of interest to travellers.
Fabulous photos, and a great reminder of the powerful beauty of our own Brecon Beacons.
What a terrific set of photos, Carry on Snapping ! So glad to hear you managed to keep your head above water. Onwards and Upwards for NT
Just seen your anniversary blog. Fabulous photos, well done. I’m pleased that you’ve stayed the course, survived the crises and are still doing what you do best. Keep at it!
All best – John
Stunning photos, Jono! It’s good to hear your enthusiasm and positivity coming through after such challenging times – well done for steering Nomadic Thoughts through and remaining a beacon of light in the travel industry.
Blimey 10 years of blogging …
Lovely pictures as always. Keep them coming! And here’s to better traveling days.
Geez you’ve nailed my lounge chair travelling Jono. The beauty you capture in every pic is bloody spectacular. Now I noticed you’ve overlooked one from down under. Tell me that wasn’t over 10 years ago! Xx
Fabulous Jono – great reflection
Sterling and stunning stuff Jono, here’s to a better year for you all at Nomadic Thoughts
Great pics and memories Amigo
Incredible photos Jono
Great work Jono. Congratulations on the last decade. Awesome pictures, (love the Kathakahli stage performer). Keep up the good work.
Wow Jono, feel happy and after looking at those pics, they are wonderful. Well done my friend
Hey .. great photos.
Fabulous photos, Jono – I know these are only the tip of the iceberg – keep them coming! Looking forward to the next 10 years of your blogging……..
Lovely pics Jono!
Those photos made my day.
Thank you for sharing these stunning images.
Such wonderful inspirational insightful photos that shriek out to the viewer to explore this incredible earth we inhabit. Keep them coming!!
Beautiful photos, as always, Jono!
Love your pics.
Keep blogging Jono, look forward to more great photos and diverse travel ideas for the next ten years and beyond.