A.J., a.k.a. The Transcendental Tourist. is a creamy smooth travel blogger.
Seriously, The Transcendental Tourist (TTT) is a mom-and-pop travel blog. It is a collection of personal experiences, snapshots, and reflections on the road. It should read less like a magazine and more like a stack of personal letters or postcards. This blog does not contain travel tips, professional photos, budget breakdown, itineraries, and other practical information. What it has is my heart and soul.
In the words of fellow blogger, Ron:
AJ Poliquit is a teacher who spends spare time traveling on a budget. He has beautifully journaled his travels with words and images to share the starkness, beauty and history of the destinations visited. You will be inspired and educated on many exotic locations that AJ has taken the time to visit and share.
The Transcendental Tourist is a blog I have followed for quite a while, and it is to me one of the best blogs I have visited. AJ is an educator in the Philippines who travels through the south Pacific when school is out capturing the sights he visits in photos and words.
The blog is much more than a travel blog indeed. AJ travels into the soul of the places he visits and shares their rich history in beautiful prose and stunning images. One cannot help but feel inside and part of the stories.
Many of the stories are not simply about a location, but more about its history. AJ has revisited places that his family lived during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II and contrasted it with modern day life.
AJ is a brilliant young man, a brilliant writer and someone I admire very much.
The Transcendental Tourist is well worth a visit and dig into the archives while you are ther. You’ll be glad you did.
I hope I live up to his words. :)
Why the title? Here’s the edited answer I wrote for Pinay Travel Junkie‘s post on travel and movies:
The inspiration for my travel blog is a film but not a travel-themed one. The movie is about a travel writer: The Accidental Tourist, adapted from Anne Tyler’s novel. As you can see, I took liberties with the title to come up with the name of my blog, The Transcendental Tourist.
The movie is more about emotional landscapes than literal ones. Macon Leary, the main character, writes for reluctant travelers. He is a passive observer, much like his audience, who merely delivers information about places without any emotional involvement. He is just as detached in his personal life. The story’s metaphorical use of travel as a man’s internal journey on the road of life inspired me to become a travel writer who transcends Macon’s idiot’s guide to traveling.
Life is not made more fulfilling by circumstances but by the individual, a trip not made more meaningful by the place but by the traveler. As I tread the literal and figurative road, I hope that’s the kind of traveler, and travel blogger, that I become – from accidental to transcendental.
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