The Royal Tour is a different kind of travel blog.  Rather than just hearing from me, which of course you will – I like to talk, you will also get the occasional “Royal Tour,” a guide from a local expert or celebrity.  So take my word for what to do, go with the experts, or ignore everyone and see the world on your own.  Regardless, I hope you enjoy this glimpse into my life and experiences.

Ok, that’s fine and good, but who am I exactly?

My name is Jonathan, and here’s my story. I’ve been a nonprofit executive for the past fifteen years, since graduating from college. I like it, but it is a pretty stressful existence. Between that and some other factors, I had an emotional breakdown in 2016. Travel gave me something to look forward to during that period, and in many ways saved my life.

Today, travel is my greatest passion and, though it sounds like an oxymoron, my biggest source of stability. When I am on the road, seeing new things and having new experiences, I know myself in a deeper way than when I am at home working.

I started this blog to share my experiences with all of you. If it ends up becoming a career, so much the better. If not, I am still a happier and healthier human for having done it. And really, what is more important than that?

Please enjoy my stories, and share yours with me. Whether you want to talk about travel, food, life, mental health, or anything else, I would love to hear from you!

I am so excited to have developed to the point where others want to write for The Royal Tour. Kathryn, Sam, Christian, Dan, Mandy, Tamara, and Madeleine are now regular contributors, and you can click on their names to see an index of their articles.

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