Featured Blogger: The Blazing Nomad

This week we talk to the man behind The Blazing Nomad, TJ Champitto!

1. First of all, what are your website and social media links?

2. How did you come up with your website name?
I went through several other ideas for names, but finding something of interest that isn’t already taken can be quite a task. I wanted to keep it edgy and something that really defined me. When I travel abroad, I’ve been known to blaze my own trail. Blazing Nomad seemed fitting.
3. What more can you tell us about your blog? What are your goals or intentions for it?
My blog is a continuous work in progress that details the accounts of my adventures through a humorous, informational and sometimes sarcastic lens. I am a writer by nature, and The Blazing Nomad has given me an outlet to have a lot of fun telling stories that I think others would find entertaining.
4. Can you provide us with a Throw Back Thursday picture of one of your favorite travel memories with an explanation?
My wife and I spent our honeymoon in St. Lucia during October 2003. This picture was taken in the fishing village of Anse De Raye and it was my first time visiting a rather remote area of the Lesser Antilles. It was an interesting experience and an overall amazing trip!
5. Which are your favorite and least favorite cities you’ve traveled to? Why?
My “favorite” city seems to change every time I’m asked. But I remember being in Würzburg, Germany and for the first time in my life I truly began to appreciate the beauty of architecture – as if I had been hit over the head with inspiration. It raised my expectations of every place I’ve ever been to since. Würzburg is a sprawling city with remarkable cathedrals and a rich history, easily one of my favorites. My least favorite city would have to be New Orleans, Louisiana. It’s just not my thing.
6. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Where?
I am a very picky eater, so this is going to seem like a really weak answer. But I would have to say the strangest thing I’ve eaten was rabbit at Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s collaborative hot spot, B&B Ristorante in Las Vegas. I struggled with it.
7. Who are your travel idols?
My favorite travel writer of all time is James Michener. He captured the personality of every place he ever ventured to and wrote about. I also like Anthony Bourdain’s approach to traveling – fearless, unwavering and gritty. We would get along great, LOL!
8. What’s your best travel tip?
My best travel tip would have to be that you are never lost – wherever you go, there you are. Whether the map in your hands makes sense to you or not, live in the moment, enjoy your surroundings and never miss an opportunity to experience something new.
9. Which is your favorite post you’ve written? Please provide a link.
My favorite post would have to be my Dublin: Part I blog. Our trip to Ireland was pretty wild to say the least, and our arrival in Dublin was nothing short of a Clark Griswold experience. Sometimes, just getting there is half the battle.
10. What advice would you give to someone new to travel blogging?
If you are a new blogger, my advice is to stick with it. Nothing great happens over night and nothing is achieved by giving up. Continue traveling, writing and posting. You have a story to tell, and the world is listening. 

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