The.ego.tripper, aka the.e.t, is a travel aficionado and journalist from Antwerp, Belgium. Since he doesn’t like to talk about himself in the third person, he will now switch to first person. Switch.
There we go, much better. First off, I feel I should apologize for any spelling or grammar mistakes throughout this blog. English is not my mother tongue, so please don’t feel the need to correct any errors, as I’m not interested in upgrading my English skills. Besides, this website is more about sharing a feeling, a passion I have for travelling (or is it traveling?) and have had since my first citytrip to Paris so many years ago. Since I graduated in 2003 I’ve spent most of my (spare) money on airplane/train/bus tickets and hotels in foreign countries. Luckily my job allows me to travel as well on a pretty regular bases. Which is nice. As a result I’ve been to a few countries on all continents (not if you count Antarctica as a continent) and I’ve realized I haven’t seen much at all. There are so many places I haven’t been to, so many places I still want to go to. So much to see, so little time. Frustrating! And that’s why I’m writing this blog. To kill time until my next trip abroad and talk about my one passion.
And now in a nutshell: the.ego.tripper, does not enjoy being in a nutshell, 33 years of age, based in Antwerp, pug owner, lover of Thai food, slightly afraid of flying (I know, it’s strange), photographer with a Samsung Galaxy NX (a blogger’s best friend!)
You see this button? Look at it. It’s so pretty. It’s so shiny. I know you wanna just click it. Go ahead. It’ll make you feel good. Great even. Because it’s the right thing to do. But why does it feel so wrong then? Well, basically cause you’re just giving me money to fund my upcoming trips. And this confuses you. Why would YOU want to give ME money to do something I already love and do. The answer is simple, my friend: cause you cannot say no to something hip and trendy like crowdfunding. I’m your crowd and I say: FUND ME! Honestly, give me your money. It’s for a good cause. A cause that will not save the rhinos from going extinct, but it will put a smile on my face.
And what is important here, ladies and gentlemen? Those five rhinos that don’t even want to procreate? Or me, the man who puts a smile on your face every day? You know I’m right, right?
By donating some of your money you will allow me to be happy. And therefore you’ll be happy. It’s called ‘paying it forward’. I call it ‘pay me now’. By donating 10 euros or more you can also expect a beautiful greeting card mailed to your address. Not emailed. Mailed. And handwritten by the.ego.tripper. Mostly foul language. You’ll love it. You know you will. So what do you think: be kind, pay it forward and crowdfund my next trip. When I raise a few thousand euros, I promise I will not spend it on homeless people or helping out in animal shelters. No sir/ma’am, all of your money will go towards first class/business air travel, luxury hotels, expensive restaurants and such. Honestly, how can you still not have clicked that button? Com’on people, show me your heart and your money. Y’all want to be hip and trendy crowdfunders, don’t you?