Hi, I’m Simon Nash. Welcome to BigMapSmallWorld, a travel blog that is a little bit different.
I live in the UK, and have been married to my lovely wife Alison for almost 30 years and we have three fantastic (now adult) kids.
Being a fifty-something Brit does seem a little unusual for a travel blogger. The majority of the travel blogs I come across seem to be the work of much younger nomadic backpackers with a passion for high adventure. Not that there is anything wrong with that of course. I admire such travellers and their determination to explore the world, and their travel experiences, tips and ideas generally make excellent reading.
What I found more difficult to find though, were blogs written by more senior travellers, whose views of the world and travel experiences might be a little different to their younger counterparts. Therefore, I decided to write my own.
This blog exists because of my newly reignited passion for travel. That is not to say I haven’t travelled much over the years. As the kids were growing up, we always had regular vacations as a family. These were always in Europe and most often to Spain, where we owned a house for many years (and for that reason, Spain and Spanish culture holds a special place in my heart). I have also been lucky enough to do a reasonable amount of international travel with my job over the years. However, with the kids now grown up and through (or almost through) university and with various plans of their own, a little but more world exploration seems in order. Hence, BigMapSmallWorld was born.
Why else is it different?
Well, firstly, there are no adverts, hooks or paid for sponsorship. I am not trying to sell you anything or turn this blog into an advertising board. It is just me (and perhaps an occasional guest article here and there) sharing my travel experiences with you.
Secondly, I like photos and I tend to include plenty of them along with each article. A picture paints a thousand words, as they say. Therefore, with nearly every article you will find an associated photo album to enhance the experience.
Thirdly, I simply write about places I have visited around the world that I found particularly interesting, whether it be in the form of a visually spectacular landscape, a fascinating story or historical background, or has otherwise inspired me in some way. I don’t tend to offer travel advice, packing tips, how to get there etc. There are plenty of websites that do that better than I could.
I hope as you browse the pages, you will find it an interesting and varied collection of reports, thoughts, diaries, experiences and photo albums etc. from around the world. If you like what you read, please share articles and albums with your friends. The biggest reward I can hope to get is that you find the site interesting enough to share with others. I would also love to hear from you with any feedback, comments or ideas so please feel free to add comments to any post, or send me a message via the contact form.