Who Am I?
Hello. I’m Darmon Richter, and I write The Bohemian Blog.
It’s a travel site, but it’s probably quite different from most of the travel blogs you’ve read in the past. For starters, I have absolutely no interest in the standard tourist attractions: palaces, museums, beaches or castles… I don’t write about quirky markets, exotic food, package tours or picturesque churches.
When I travel, I’m looking for the places that other people don’t go to. Places like abandoned military bases, sewers, haunted houses, rooftops, massacre sites, radiation zones, prisons, cemeteries or monuments to fallen regimes.
I’m interested in specific themes such as dark tourism and urban exploration – but other times I'll write about travel disasters, about esoteric mysteries or bizarre folk festivals from around the world. I like to think it all falls under the title of "anti-tourism."
What Do I Do?
I started this lifestyle of long-term travel four years ago. Since then I’ve explored my way across four continents – from the grasslands of Tibet, to the vodou temples of Haiti.
Over the course of my travels I’ve been bitten by venomous spiders in the storm drains of Australia... I’ve seen the inside of a Russian police cell, I’ve toured Chernobyl and the Crimea; I’ve photographed wild alligators in Florida, free-climbed famous landmarks in London, I’ve explored the largest network of catacombs in the world, and experienced political chaos in Kosovo. I’ve visited unrecognised countries, infiltrated an abandoned nuclear power plant in Cuba, bribed a Romanian politician, witnessed a gun fight in China, and travelled around North Korea… twice.
If you're curious to know what any of those experiences was like... well, that's what my blog offers you. I'll share my stories, in detail, and you won't have to so much as step inside a sewer.
Wherever I go, I always try to take my readers with me. I share photos – lots of photos – and when I write about my adventures I write rich, detailed posts that aim to convey a real sense of whatever place I’m visiting. I don’t just want to tell you about it, I want to show you. I want you to feel like you’ve been there too.
But this is only the beginning. The world is massive, and there are so many more places I want to take you to.
In order to do that though, I'm going to need some help.
So, Why Patreon?
The Bohemian Blog used to cost me quite a lot to keep online. I don't run ads, and unlike a lot of travel blogs out there I'll never publish sponsored content for big-name brands or holiday providers. As a result the site was running at a major loss for years... and as I had to earn that money elsewhere, I couldn't justify putting too much time into new content.
Since then the balance has shifted – and thanks to Patreon the blog now pays for itself. Most of my supporters on here give about $5 per post, the price of a cup of coffee, and it means I can afford to put far more time into the content I share.
When I started on here a year ago, I was posting around 1-2 articles per month. Now it's typically one a week, and these new articles are longer, richer, and researched in far more depth. There's still plenty of room for improvement, of course... and with your help, I plan to keep making The Bohemian Blog bigger and better all the time.
I'm not looking for charity, though.
Here's what I'm offering in return for your support: access to a private, patrons-only area of the site, packed full of exclusive content that the rest of the world will never see.
I call it 'The Exclusion Zone.'
The Exclusion Zone
The Bohemian Blog is dedicated to reporting on unusual, unorthodox and – often – controversial travel destinations; the bizarre, the macabre and other secret wonders of the world, as the site’s tagline reads. Even within that broad and anti-traditional travel manifesto however, there are limits… and in the course of running this website I’ve often had to pass over stories that I just didn’t feel I could get away with making public.
Well, now there’s a place for those stories: a repository for my more extreme misadventures, moral dilemmas, clashes with authority, and anything else that felt a little too rich for public consumption.
I call this part of the site The Exclusion Zone, and it’s where I’ll be posting the stories that I just couldn’t get away with anywhere else… as well as exclusive previews, a monthly editorial, private photo galleries, candid, behind-the-scenes commentary and samples from various other projects that I’m working on.
The public side of the blog continues as usual; but each month I’ll be uploading classified content to share privately with the supporters who help to keep this site running.
By sponsoring me on Patreon, you’ll be helping me to keep expanding the site into new and exciting directions... and in return, you'll be able to unlock a whole range of additional features. I’ll offer you discounts on my tours, or help you plan your own travel itineraries.
Any support you can give will be hugely appreciated. When you sponsor me $5 or more per post, you'll get full access to The Exclusion Zone... but even a pledge of just $1 will be helping me to keep creating quality content. You can think of it like buying me a coffee each time I give you something new to read.
Pledges can be as large or as small as you choose, and you can easily control the maximum amount you’re prepared to give each month. You can cancel it at any time, too.
If you’ve got questions for me, just drop me a message either through the blog or my Facebook page. And whether you decide to contribute or not – thanks for taking the time to read this, and I hope you enjoy checking out The Bohemian Blog.