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Pathfinder spotlight: Rob Lendon, A second life

Rob with kite runners in Kabul, Afghanistan © Rob Lendon Rob with kite runners in Kabul, Afghanistan © Rob Lendon

Meet community-level Pathfinder Rob Lendon, whose blog asecondlife.co.uk takes you down the road less-travelled, using exploration to motivate people to be more adventurous and, crucially, happy!

Give us the low down on your blog

My blog is a creative outlet for me to share my photography and musings on my travels. I tend to travel to less-popular destinations, many perceive as dangerous. It’s not a conventional travel blog in that the articles focus on storytelling, with the aim to inspire people to travel rather than provide a practical guide to the destinations.

Describe your travel style in three words...

Relaxed, impulsive, adventurous.

A portrait shot of a Sufi at a mosque from Rob's travels in Herat, Afghanistan © Rob Lendon An incredible portrait shot of a Sufi at a mosque from Rob's travels in Herat, Afghanistan © Rob Lendon

What destinations are on your bucket list for 2019?

South America has remained untapped for me, in particular Bolivia and Patagonia. But I also want to train in the martial art of Kun Khmer in Cambodia, visit Antarctica, walk across Iceland, climb another mountain, walk another camino and spend some time drinking wine in Alsace, France. It’s going to be a busy year. I tend to decide last minute and go where my mood takes me, so may well end up somewhere else completely.

The sunset reflecting off Mount Everest's peak © Rob Lendon The sunset reflecting off Mount Everest's peak © Rob Lendon

Tell us about your most unforgettable travel memory...

I’m fortunate to have many, but I think trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal was the most significant. It was on this trip that I realised what was important to me, and it gave me the push to start travelling full-time. There was one unforgettable moment in particular when I was walking along an open plain with snow-covered mountains rising high above me on both sides and I just felt so lucky to be there in that moment. I understand why it’s a spiritual place to the locals: the mountains are rock- and ice-hewn cathedrals in honour of mother nature.

Why do you love travel blogging?

It gives me a reason to travel beyond the obvious. It’s surprisingly easy to get complacent about your travels if it’s the only thing you do, and while I don’t want to view my travels purely as work, blogging does provide a much-needed focus at times.

If you’re a member of our Pathfinders community and would like to share your story, drop us an email at pathfinders@lonelyplanet.com and tell us what exciting things you’re up to on your blog.