Out With the Old, In With the New: The Big Relaunch

Since February these pages have been dead silent. Let me explain.

At the beginning of 2014, I hit a wall; I contracted a serious case of blogger burnout—yes, it’s a thing!—but it wasn’t due to a prolific writing schedule or anything you’d immediately associate with blogging. Nearly everything else—work, family life, home maintenance—seemed to get in the way of the one task I most wanted to do: writing.

But more than that, there was a problem under Treksplorer’s hood that sapped away more time than anything else: site maintenance. And a small tune-up couldn’t fix it; the whole engine needed an overhaul.

Over the past couple months, I’ve painfully chopped away years of custom coding and rebuilt the entire site on the Genesis Framework. The reason was simple: maintaining a custom CMS is a complete time vampire, and I needed to work smarter, not harder.

Besides hijacking the central nervous system I gave the ol’ gal a much-needed facelift. The whole site is now HTML5-compliant and 100% mobile-responsive.

(translation: it’ll look sexy on your MacBook AND your iPhone)

You may also notice a slight tweak in the site’s purpose. I’ve battled through countless redesigns and rebrandings over the past couple years, all leading to what I believe is the simplest statement of what I can offer you: short-term travel tips for the independently-minded.

What To Expect

The attempts of long-term travel bloggers to convince you to adopt their nomadic lifestyle have not fallen on deaf ears, but truthfully, it’s not a lifestyle that works for everyone—or, dare I say, most. So with that in mind, here’s what you can expect to see on Treksplorer from now on:

Over the next few months, I will be focusing on writing about one of my favourite regions in the world: Eastern Europe. Expect to see practical advice on visiting cities like Krakow, St Petersburg, Riga, Tallinn, and Prague, as well as tips for discovering Eastern Europe’s quieter moments—even if you only have a few weeks to spare.

In the meantime, I will leave you to explore the new Treksplorer! Since we’re dealing with a total overhaul, there may be some dead links lurking around—if you find any, please do let me know in the comment section below (or contact me) so I can throw some duct tape on it.

Ryan O'Rourke

Ryan O'Rourke is a Canadian traveller, food & drink aficionado, and the founder & editor of Treksplorer. Join Ryan as he explores the world two to three weeks at a time from his home base of Canada with Treksplorer's independent and unsponsored mid-range luxury travel guides including itineraries, things to do, where to stay, when to visit, and hiking & walking trails.

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