Hi there, I’m Brian. Not Brain, not Braian, and definitely not Brannan, though I saw all those versions on my receipts from cafés while living in Madrid. I guess that’s what they call lost in translation? But I really couldn’t complain. After all I haven’t improved my Spanish nearly enough, despite spending a lot of time in Spain. And my girlfriend is even Spanish.
My excuse is my passion for writing. In my pursuit of a travel writing career I have been so caught up in my writing projects, that I haven’t left much time for socialising nor language practice other than ordering an endless stream of ‘cafes con leche’. I never even used to drink coffee before I started writing, but the combination of cozy cafés and caffeine goes so well with writing.
I never used to be a travel writer either, before my life changed tracks back in 2012. A change that has given me the chance to try and live in the UK and in Spain for long periods – with easy acccess to new material.
Before getting “Travelooney” I did many other things. I designed logos, I took care of kids and I sold fancy furniture. Only to find out that I wanted to so something else. To travel and to write.
Travel writing can be a lonely job, but the reward is knowing that someone on the other end feels entertained for a while, or even better – inspired to travel. No matter if it’s for a quick European getaway or to live abroad.
That someone could be you. Yes, you!
Having lived in Scandinavia, in the UK and in Southern Europe, has broadened my perspective on this continent, and a long list of roadtrips, Interrail adventures and citybreaks through the years, has only given me a taste for more.
I hope you’ll enjoy my travel tips and travel tales.
And feel free to drop me a line of feedback or a tip of your own.
Some of my most important travel experiences in Europe include:
– 5 months travelling around the UK, volunteering in Wales, England and Scotland
– Living in the Welsh capital Cardiff for periods during 2007, 2012 and 2013
– Living in Madrid in different periods between 2014-2017
– Living in the English city of Bath for a couple of months in 2017
– Touring most of Switzerland by train
– Having done 3 Interrail trips arounde Europe
– Having tried a Mediterranean cruise
– 13 visits to Paris
– Endless camping and road-trips around Europe