Authentic Gems is an idea thought up whilst planning my route through Thailand, Vietnam & Cambodia for my first backpacking trip in 2017. However the philosophy behind it was developed over the few years previous; since starting work as a freelance designer. As a result of my work with independent creatives & startups I’ve been lucky to meet some amazing people. I have discovered the awesome things they are doing. While being inspired by the places they have created. I started to blog as a way to share & promote their creativity.
Authentic Gems is about discovering & shining a light on those people & places that make me believe that originality & authenticity still exists. As well as sharing their stories with whoever wants to listen.
Summer 2019 update
Having been nowhere near as active with this as I had intended to be. Whilst struggling to find my motivation after a bit too long travelling on my savings and not doing any work. I used authentic gems as a way to help get my inspiration back, and found myself writing a few more personal posts. It was at this point I come to the realisation that having a blog based on authenticity is a bit hypocritical if I’m not really being Authentic myself.
So I made a decision to try to be more open and share a more personal insight into the reality of my life as a solo traveller living with anxiety. Anxiety that I could easily have let stop me from beginning this crazy journey to begin with.
I would love to hear your experiences of any of the places featured on Authentic Gems. Or if you have discovered any gems of your own, please do get in touch