Last updated: July 25, 2018
Hello, and welcome to my Travel Blog! My name is Alexander Waltner (you can call me Alex), also known as Swedish Nomad. I’m a Swedish Travel Blogger and Photographer who travel the world full-time with my girlfriend Christine since 2014.
I started Swedishnomad.com to share my passion for traveling and to inspire others to explore the world as well. My vision is to help and make it easier for others to travel by providing valuable travel tips and guides from my experiences.
To travel doesn’t have to be hard or too expensive, and the world isn’t as half as dangerous as some might think. In contrary, I have learned that we have way more in common with others than you might assume in the first place. We only have one world, and it’s far too beautiful and interesting to miss out on. Let’s explore the world together!
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What to expect from me as a Travel Blogger?
Okay, first and foremost, I will always remain a humble Southern Swede, even though I’m more and more feeling like a world citizen. When it comes to my articles and experiences I will always stay 100% honest, and I will never beautify a destination, hotel or restaurants. It doesn’t matter if I attend press trips, make sponsored posts or ads. You’ll always read about my experience and my thoughts, simple as that. My readers, followers and the travel community, in general, will always be number 1.
I think being honest about destinations and only endorse products that I use myself is very important.
What kind of destinations do I go to?
Beyond classic and obvious tourist attractions/places, I often visit places off the beaten path and mix my travels from budget to luxury. There is no country or destination that I couldn’t think about exploring. Traveling locally is a lot of fun and I would rather eat at a local place or a unique restaurant than just sit down at a touristy one.
I also love homestays where you get to stay at a local family’s house, eat with them and hang out together.
My travel guides & articles
My travel guides and tips will always be as detailed and structured, no-nonsense included. I try to make them as easy to read as possible and making them helpful to as many travelers as I can. In addition to that, I also write about responsible travel, animal tourism and exploitation of locals that come in my way.
I believe that every living being is worth the same, and I want to showcase all of the beauty that the world has to offer. But I also don’t hesitate to share negative aspects that can be good to know before booking your trips. With that said, I do try to be positive at all times and describe places and experiences as objective as possible, but still from a personal perspective.
7 random facts about me
- To play with a local flute band in Peru is something that I’ve decided that I want to do before I die
- I did a DNA-test, and it showed that I’m actually 2% Irish and 1% Central Asia. You can read about the full DNA-test here
- Before September 2015 I had never ever held a DSLR in my hands. Nowadays I can call myself as a professional photographer.
- I have a big need of being alone every now and then. Even if I’m with family or friends, there will be a limit where I would rather be by myself and just be. I love to philosophize, just as much as I love to meet new lovely people.
- As a kid, my biggest dream was to become an archeologist and dig out dinosaurs and mummies
- I love animals, even spiders (they are super cute if you watch them closely), but I have a special connection with cats.
- Few things in the world make me as happy as cookies. When I was a kid my mom gave me cookies or crackers, and after that I was happy for hours. If you want to make a good impression on me, Offer Cookies!
What’s Swedishnomad.com all about?
This is a travel website/blog where I share my adventures and travel tips from all over the world from my own experiences. Here you’ll find practical travel tips and guides who will help you to travel cheaper, better and longer as well as finding hidden gems and new exciting destinations!
Swedishnomad.com is a travel website for everyone. Even though you can divide travelers into different categories I always try to include tips and tricks that will be helpful no matter if you like budget, luxury or something in-between.
Travel Guides and Tips
I make my own travel guides for every destination that I visit. The travel guides include everything you need to know before you book or travel there as well as useful tips during the trip. My goal is to create an extensive travel website who will inspire and help you to travel more and discover the amazing destinations our planet has to offer.
My goal is to write reviews for all hotels, restaurants, airline companies and other travel companies which I encounter during my trips. Research is an important part of traveling well to make the most out of your trips, and then it’s always a good idea to read about other people’s experiences before booking.
Photography School & Inspiration
Photography is another topic on this website since it’s such an important part for many travelers as well as my passion. As a self-taught photographer, I want to show you that it sure is possible to learn to make good photos and that you don’t really need all that fancy gear to get amazing photos with great quality.
Life as a Digital Nomad
You will also be able to read more about what it’s like to be a digital nomad, and how it’s possible to travel the world without a big fat bank account. When I left Sweden the first time I didn’t have more than 1000 Euros in my bank account.
To be able to live and work remotely as long as there is Wi-Fi is an incredible freedom, and there are many opportunities out there for those who want to do the same or similar. This is also something that I hope to achieve – To inspire others to follow their own dreams, no matter what!
Last but not least, a very important topic. Responsible Travel is an extensive subject that needs more attention worldwide. It includes animal tourism, exploitation of locals, environmental issues just to mention some parts of it.
On this blog, I will share my thoughts about responsible travel as well as include facts from studies and reportages that expose injustice and harmful behavior. My goal is to raise awareness and make people think before they act, and thus making an impact to get a better world for all of us to live on.
How it all started
I left Sweden for the first time in 2010 to attend a bartender course in the Canary Islands, and it changed my life forever!
At Gran Canaria, I met a lot of new people from different places, and I learned to be more open-minded as a person. One could say that I got bitten by the travel bug because I fell in love with the life abroad and the freedom that comes with it. Since then I’ve worked and lived in several countries and visited 50 countries, and never once looked back.
I Believe that life is meant to be lived well, and to travel is my way of living the life as well as helping others.
While my life was changed forever, I was at that time still dependent on having a regular job. After two winter seasons at Gran Canaria, working as a bartender and waiter, I decided to move to the Greek island of Rhodes and work at the Scandinavian bar street. I got the job as a ticket seller, which came naturally since I had been working as a salesman before leaving Sweden in 2010. At this time, I was also a bit shy, especially when meeting new people (I know, quite weird right? since a seller is often the opposite).
The job as a ticket seller was pushing me towards becoming less shy and getting out of my comfort zone. This changed everything for me since I discovered that it’s possible to expand the comfort zone that is holding you back. When this happened something else happened inside of me, I think this is the literal meaning of becoming more adult and what personal growth really means.
From this moment I started to dream about living life exactly like I wanted to. I started to search on Google on how it was possible to live a location independent life. What I discovered was groundbreaking. There were actually people who were living my dream already. I started to look further into how and what they were doing. And the truth is, there are many ways one could achieve a location independent life, but to succeed you need to find what you’re passioned about. For me it was travel blogging and everything that comes with it.
Because I had to learn everything by myself, I literally did nothing else for about six months in my hometown Helsingborg, I was so focused to learn about everything that I needed to know to make my dream come true. It was difficult at times, and sure I almost lost hope sometimes, but my dream of traveling the world was pushing me forward.
Since 2015, I’m location independent, and the only thing I need now is a reliable Wi-Fi signal for blogging and posting photos on my social media channels. Along with blogging, I’m also a freelance photographer. My passion for photography was developed very late in my life, and it wasn’t until my round trip in South East Asia that I fully discovered that taking pictures is awesome.
2 years later I can title myself as a Professional photographer and Travel Blogger.
I’m happy to help out and connect with fellow travelers, and I love to meet new people, so don’t be afraid to ask if you got any questions.
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I’m happy to work and collaborate with others as long as it benefits my readers. If you’re interested in working with me, fill out this contact form and I will get back to you as soon as possible. You could also read more about what benefits you will get by working with me.