Last Updated on August 19, 2019 by

Welcome to the brand new WildJunket!

How do you like my new look?

After a major facelift, WildJunket is now a lot more fun, fresh, and user-friendly. This new design is a better representation of who I am as a person and it truly encapsulates my style as a traveler. The site is also easier to navigate, with a cleaner and simpler structure, so you’ll be able to find the articles you’re looking for with much more ease than before.

Since creating this site in 2008, I’ve only had one redesign to date. So an overhaul has been long overdue, not just in the appearance of the site, but also in content, features and usability. My site wasn’t mobile-friendly for years and the search function wasn’t really working either.

But it wasn’t easy to get to where we are now. This redesign has been two years in the making, with lots of tears, sweat and hard work involved. It’s been more stressful and dramatic than I imagined, with one designer after another flaking out on me and not delivering what they promised. I spent a lot of money and had a few panic attacks because of these irresponsible designers, but thankfully my best friend Bing came to my rescue.

Bing is a UX engineer with experience with web design, and an IT genius in my opinion. She took only six months to design my site from scratch and handled everything from development to migration of the new theme herself. I cannot thank her enough for creating this amazing design for me. I feel that she really captured my personality and interests in the new design. 

I hope you love the new site as much as I do. Here’s a guide to help you find your way around the new site.

Start Reading

If you’re new to this site, I recommend heading to the Start Reading page where I’ve curated all my best travel stories, tips and guides. It’s a collection of my favourite blog posts divided into different categories, including photo essays, epic adventures and family travel. If you want to read more about polar expeditions for example, you can click on any of the three articles shown or click on ‘Read More’ for more articles on polar expeditions.

Destinations

To research or get inspiration for your own trip, click on the Destinations page in the top menu. You’ll see a world map where I’ve marked all the places I’ve been to. Just click on any country and a popup will show you the name of the country and a link to the articles I’ve written about that particular destination.

Below the map, you can also explore my content by country. You’ll also find specific travel guides that I’ve created for special journeys such as the Silk Road and Camino de Santiago. Some of my travel lists here might also help you decide where to go next.

Tours

I run small-group adventure tours to remote, unconventional destinations that few people venture to. On this page, you can read all about the style of WildJunket Tours and any upcoming tours that I’m organizing. My goal is to organise fun, adventurous trips that don’t feel like tours. We travel in small groups (anything from 5 to 13) and the arrangement is informal. We have a rough itinerary but it’s not fixed. There’s plenty of freedom for travelers and it’s all about exploring and learning on these trips.

Live

On this page, you’ll be able to see where I am currently and read my live updates on the road. I share updates on social media more frequently than on the blog, so this is the space to watch out for if you want to see photos from my current location. You’ll see my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube feeds live all on one page.

Resources

The Resource page is a collection of tips on photography, packing and family travel that I’ve written over the years. There’s also an organized list of travel websites that I still use today to plan my travels and sustain my travel lifestyle. I strong believe in them and that’s why I recommend them here.

Shop

As a full-time travel writer who spends more than 60% of the year on the road, I travel with a myriad of gear and tech gadgets for different kinds of trips. Over the last decade of globetrotting, I’ve experimented with a variety of gear and put them to the test on the road. On this page, I’m sharing my favourite travel gear — items that I personally use and highly recommend.

Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!

I’d love to hear what you think of this new design. Do you think it’s improving your user experience? Is there anything I forgot to improve on? It’ll be so helpful to know your thoughts. Please fill up my survey to help me improve this site!

To thank you for your help, I’m giving away a FREE $100 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky reader.

All you have to do is fill up my survey and provide your email address to enter the giveaway. Sharing it on Facebook and Twitter will win you extra points and increase your chances of winning the gift card.

Good luck and many thanks for your feedback!!!

 

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