Congratulations! You’ve just found the end of the internet. There’s nowhere to go past here, so you might as well get comfortable before you head home. Welcome to The Micro Traveler, a blog mostly about quick trips, why you should take them, and how to make them work.
My name’s Elliot. I’m a professional chef in the far reaches of Northern New England. I’ve been pretty fortunate in my 30 years on Earth to have been able to travel somewhat regularly. Until recently, I did my best to take a couple of trips a year, with random weekend getaways sprinkled in around them. It just didn’t seem like enough, though. If I wanted to see the world, it was going to take more than my lifetime at the rate I was going. Obviously, being in the restaurant industry, I’ve had to get creative with budgeting; both with paying for travel and with scheduling it. Cooking is a rather analog affair, and I haven’t figured out how to work remotely yet, which means that when I’m not in the restaurant, I’m not getting anything done. It’s also not the most lucrative line of work, and traveling can be quite expensive. I’m a creative type, though, and both of these factors were more obstacles than barriers.
2019 has been all about getting over those obstacles; finding ways to travel quickly, travel cheaply, and, most importantly, travel often. In the first six months of this year, I’ve been to New York on several occasions, Montreal, Quebec City, Nashville, Atlanta, Palm Springs, Brussels and Oslo, with further trips planned for Chicago, Toronto, Charleston, Singapore and South Florida. There will likely be more – part of the thrill of micro traveling is throwing the bucket list out the window and just going somewhere when the opportunity presents itself. None of the stops lasted longer than three days; most were overnights. You’d be amazed at how much you can see and do in such a short period of time.
Maximizing very short trips will be the focus of this site, though certainly not the only subject. I want to share some of the tricks I’ve figured out, the mistakes I make (and there are plenty of those) and the lessons I learn from them, as well as the places I’ve been, the food I eat (at the end of the day, I’m a chef, so food will always be a priority) and my overall impressions of the various journeys and destinations. I’m not a professional traveler, so don’t treat this as a travel guide. Think of it more as a journal. For a photographic supplement to this blog, you can follow me on Instagram at @shortfinaltobtv
Thanks for swinging through! Come back anytime
Elliot, the Micro Traveler