Polarsteps: 40th birthday wanderings

It can take me anywhere up to six months to bring this blog up to date – often it is only an imminent trip that prompts me to finish documenting the previous one! For a long time I have used Instagram stories to provide coverage on the road, their ephemeral nature meaning I don’t have to worry so much about the quality of photos. The downsides are that there’s no lasting record, and I can only share a handful of words on each update.

polarsteps solves both of these, whilst still encouraging posting throughout your journey – which is conveniently tracked on a map. I decided to give it a try on my big adventure for the year: Japan via Finland for my 40th birthday. I didn’t want to miss out on sightseeing just to document earlier wanderings, which did result in a couple of days lag towards the end. But that’s still far better than my posts here, which I only start upon my return, so if you’d like a sneak-preview of that trip as I organise my thoughts, click here.

I’m not sure I would use it for all my short breaks, especially those to a single location – I was also a bit ambitious in trying to log everything from flights to hotel rooms to individual tourist attractions. Finding a good balance between this blog, polarsteps and FlyerTalk without too much duplication will be key, but I’ve definitely got at least one travel project next year it will be perfect for.