Why Am I Not There? — An Introduction and Manifesto

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Welcome to what I hope to be a fun, delicious and sometimes drunken adventure through our crazy planet.

My name is Christopher. I wrote the indie rock music blog MusicSnobbery.com for nine years. With my 3,000+ posts, I chronicled the highs and lows of the music scene in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, London and places beyond. It was a hell of ride, until indie rock and going to rock shows because a chore and not fun anymore. So I gave it up.

Then this year, I quit my job of 15 1/2 years, the one paid that me so I can afford to go to rock shows and travel around the world.  It’s not exactly a “quit your job, live your dream” scenario, but you get the picture. If the dream was to not work and sleep in, then it would be correct. Turning 40 does that to you.

The same attitude I had with MusicSnobbery.com I will bring to my new writing venture, WhyIAmNotThere. TravelSnobbery doesn’t convey my thoughts on travel because I think a first-time visit to a city should be a mix of touristy sights and what the locals do. Sometimes, those two ideas intersect. If you traveled 4,000 to Paris for the first time, go to the Eiffel Tower, the Lourve and Champs de elysee, but you need to do other things that won’t be mobbed with tourists. On the second trip, avoid all tourist traps.

553039_10201247404119955_517963770_nWhich leads me to why I’m doing this. My friends have always come to me for advise on what to do in certain cities. I’ve kept notes on my visits so I can pass them along. Thus, this site will partially be restaurants, bars, stores, small museums and the like that I’ve been to and recommend.

Indeed, there are 3,000 travel blogs out there. I’ve read 100 of the most popular ones and determined that the majority lack a strong view point, sense of humor and critical eye. It’s a lot of photos of mountain tops and backpackers.  This is not a blog about backpacking, staying in hostels and bathing in bus stop sinks. You won’t read me waxing poetic about certain cities and discovering myself nonsense. I like concrete, cities at night, day-drinking, buying cool things and finding out where the locals go.

You will not see pictures of me doing a hand-stand in front of Machu Picchu or zip-lining through Guatemala. You won’t see pictures of me at all, except for this post at Shibuya Crossing. Maybe a thumb, here and there. It won’t be a series of one-uppers on the various places I’ve been.

I might even be making fun of you. Tourists and vacationers bore me with their fanny packs, their over packing, their oblivious nature and selfie sticks. It’s time we take them to task.

As with my previous blog, the goal is too not make a living off of this, and try to stay as independent as possible with my view points. For example, Amsterdam … over-rated. Venice … smells fowl and you’ll be bored quickly.

I will also avoid the clickbait headlines and listicles like “20 Places That Will Blow Your Fucking Mind”, “10 Apps To Up Your Selfie Game” or “The 25 Best Cities To Take A Piss Before You Die”. More than likely, the author of those stories has never actually gone to the places.

Obviously, the site will evolve around time. When my experiences have dried up, I’ll post some travel news of new hotels and airline routes. If there’s a new attraction, hotel, store or restaurant, I will highlight it. I have theme posts in mind, like these:

  • Tourist Hell — rants about touristy things in every city. Times Square, Leicester Square, Fisherman’s Warf, St. Mark’s Square, anything Disney
  • You Don’t Need This — travel items and gadgets that you don’t need
  • The One Thing To Do In … — if you have to do one thing in a city, I recommend one activity that will be unique
  • Consider This — things you can consider to bring on your journey
  • Beer Voyage — (like Bon Voyage) places to throw down some beers

I’m sure I’ll think of things along the way. So do give me a few months to find my voice. My aim is write a decent post five days a weeks.

Let’s do this!

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