I’m Conan, a young traveler in my mid 20’s who believes that travel is the way to understand the world. The name of the blog was intended to be a play on words, as a barbarian is defined as “of or relating to a land, culture, or people alien and usually believed to be inferior to another land, culture, or people”; it is meant to connote the fact that I’m visiting foreign lands and seeing different things and learning. It also ties into the fact that “Conan the Barbarian” is often the first thing that pops into peoples’ minds when introductions are made; it does come in handy as an ice breaker, though.
While in high school, friends making maiden trips overseas were asking me for tips to help prepare them. This got to the point where the blog’s creation in August 2012 was the logical next step. Over time, it evolved to be categorized as part-time travel, given that I only am able to travel when I have time off (which isn’t often). Consequently, my experiences may not be as rich as others who maintain a semi-nomadic lifestyle. Despite that my goal is to share what I have learned and experienced from my travels in 26+ countries. Since September 2014 I have been teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in sunny Moscow, Russia, meaning you can expect to read a fair amount of my adventures within the country. Finally, from time to time, this blog will feature mini essays about how I feel about travel, rants, and other assortment of thoughts. Travel, while an escape for most people, should be something that deserves to be analyzed instead of being taken for granted.
You can find me on Instagram @CSmeeth, where I post mainly about miscellaneous things with the occasional travel pic. I also have a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wanderingbarbarian/.