On this blog, I write many stories from the lens of a slow travel mindset, letting my readers into my brain as I continue developing better and improved sustainable travel habits.
I also specifically write reviews of my attempts at sustainable travel, including sharing things that didn’t quite work or go so well, because it is important for people to know it’s ok to mess up. Everyone is trying – everyone only has to keep trying. You can start trying too.
I also share my own go-to resources, which I actually use to help plan a more sustainable trip, and also to carbon offset my year. As I try more things, over time I may add to these resources – or you can contribute to it too!
Teja on the Horizon Expanded Universe
But Teja on the Horizon is not just my travel blog. We are living in a time when mankind faces numerous global challenges. Together with its other channels, it is my platform to advocate for sustainability and for our world.
Teja’s Facebook Page
@Teja.on.the.Horizon curates content about our world (natural and built, science and art), sustainability issues, and inspiration to take active part in our common endeavours. This is a travel Page for travellers who are curious about sustainable travel, knowledge, and personal growth.
The themes are regular for each day of the week:
#WebMonday – informational or general article I found interesting, from the web.
#ThinkTuesday – awareness topic, typically related to sustainability issues.
#WorldWednesday – something interesting about our world!
#TidbitThursday – quick-and-easy content.
#FridayInspiration – inspiring ideas, solutions, or stories about people making a difference.
#SaturdayStories – content from this blog!
#TejaSunday – a feature photo of either a sunset or a sunrise, because of the origin story of why I chose the pen name Teja.
I took a long time to work out how to use Instagram that felt authentic to me. I know that the image of the female traveller is often 2-dimensional, and completely unrepresentative of myself in almost every way. Furthermore, the constant encouragement to travel, as if it were an entitlement and irrespective of the impacts to the destination, is opposed to my blog’s sustainability ethos.
Not to mention the fact that a purely visual media often encourages you to judge quickly, without reflecting. This is again contrary to the sustainable travel message I advocate.
But I soon realised that I had a cache of travel images that I took because my quirky sense of humour found them amusing. And there were more, which I found poignant in some way. Or that reminded me of knowledge concepts I had learned, but do not often see examples of.
Sure, it would not be an account with thousands of followers. I would, after all, be asking my followers to look twice at the image, become curious enough to read. I may not be a good enough photographer to hook that initial attention. It would be geared to my sometimes strange and offbeat way of thinking. Maybe not everyone’s cup of tea.
But it was a part of me that didn’t really have an existing channel of expression, other than directly with family and friends. Yet it is this precise, lateral, connected, quirky mind that I credit with my insight, which is so crucial to my work, my storytelling, sustainability, and faith.
And besides, I could keep up such an Instagram account since it would be fun – and have a purpose!
Teja’s Mailing List
What does a subscriber to Teja on the Horizon’s mailing list get, that isn’t already provided on these three main channels?
The reason why I have a mailing list at all, is because I know friends who have little time to be on social networks. And that can be you, too!
Sometimes all you need is to know what it’s really like, in a faraway land. You may not want to actually go, yourself. Sometimes you just want to know that in a distant place, others are also trying to do right by the world just like you. You are not alone.
And sometimes, you just like to hear about things that could be possible, if you changed how you thought, or did something differently. It may be just enough to inspire you to try a new mindset. You might tell your children about different ways of doing things, the ways of people they may never meet.
So the monthly newsletter basically compiles all content that I produce, whether on this blog or somewhere else, and gives updates for every project that grew out of my travels. I also often explain in the newsletter a bit of backstory for some of my trips, which do not appear anywhere else!