I Dreamed Of This - A Life of Food, Culture, and Adventure

The Official Website Of Writer / Photographer Nathan W. Allen

Travel. Photograph. Write. Repeat.

Photographer Nathan W. Allen - Photo courtesy of Tiffany Schoepp @ TiffPhoto - www.tiffphoto.com
Nathan W. Allen

As a little boy I felt so confined by society's expectations of me.  I dreamed of a life full of food, culture, adventure, and most importantly, freedom


I began to focus tremendous energy on my passions...first it was music, then photography and travel. With a lot of dedication and a few BIG sacrifices, this slowly enabled the life I dreamed of to take shape.


For me now, it's all about the promise of new horizons...seeking out and photographing the world's most fascinating cultures and locations for my blog. That, and also the goal of being able to get by in at least ten different languages. Often challenging, always rewarding. 


This is my life. I don't have much money, but I assure you...through these experiences, I am a wealthy man.


 Can I Ask a Small Favor?


Anytime you travel and book hotels online, you can help me by simply visiting the booking websites using these links below (or any other on my site). For the best prices (much cheaper than booking with hotels directly), I personally use Booking.com and also Agoda :)


You are welcome to contact me directly before you book...I will want to personally thank you for supporting my site, and I will also be happy to help you with your travel plans if I can!

- Nathan


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Do What You Love

Sunset in El Nido, Philippines

As a musician myself, I started a modest audio-production business back in 2008.  Word spread, and I began attracting online clients from all over the world. 


When I realized I could run the business from almost anywhere, I made many sacrifices to make it happen.  (If you are a musician and want to hear how we can improve your songs, you can get a free mastering sample...


For me, being location-independent is a dream come true.  My love of photography took root, and now I use it as a tool to share my photos & experiences with thousands of readers around the world...something I am grateful for each and every day.


It may be cliche, but now I try and live in the moment; to let go and be completely open to what life has in store for me. 


The more I learned to trust in this process, the more incredible and fortuitous my experiences seemed to become.


Hiking the rice terraces in Sagada, Philippines
Hiking the rice terraces in Sagada, Philippines

One moment, I'm on the beach taking pictures of a stunning sunset...the next, a Brazilian couple walks up and tells me about a mind-blowing waterfall in a neighboring country. 


The following day I find myself on a bumpy bus-ride to the next great adventure!  I learned to throw expectation out the window and embrace the magic of the moment


Yes, I travel very far with very little money, but "I Dreamed Of This" is not here to show you how to do that - there are enough people showing you how it's possible.


My goal is to simply share the magic and wonder I see in the world each day - and hopefully to put a smile on your face in the process.


This is my dream.  I hope you will follow along and feel inspired to take steps toward a dream of your ownLife really is too short.


- Nathan Allen


Making a big life change is pretty scary, but know what's even scarier?  Regret.

From The Desk Of National Geographic...

What I REALLY Think Of The philippines

A childhood dream of mine has finally come true. One night in Singapore, I received an email from the editor of National Geographic Traveller! They wanted to buy two images for the Nov / Dec 2018 print edition. Really, I couldn't be happier about it...

More good news: I just finished 1 year exploring and living in California's rugged Sierra Nevada mountains!  In fact, I have started a brand new website specifically for Yosemite Photos. All exclusive images are available directly from me. Have a look around the site, and feel free to pin or link!


- Nathan Allen

Photos From My Favorite Destinations - Dreaming Wide Awake

El Nido, Philippines blog post

El Nido Archipeligo, Philippines


If true paradise is what you're after, look no further.  El Nido is becoming touristy very quickly, but you can still head off the beaten path and find an island to call your very own if you really want to....read more

Bantayan Island, Philippines Blog Post

Bantayan Island, Philippines


This sleepy little island off the coast of Cebu has some of the finest white-powder beaches you'll see outside of crowded Boracay.  I didn't get to spend as much time here as I'd like, but I'll be back! Read more...


People regret spending money on a lot things, but travel is never one of them. Start planning a dream of your own below...


5 Ways the Philippines Changed me Forever

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More Destinations...


This is no vacation - SE Asia has been home to me for almost 5 combined years.  I love the food in Thailand, the spirit of the people in Cambodia, the serenity of Laos, the pace and culture of Vietnam, and the stunning beauty of the Philippines! 


I bought a one way ticket and spent three months in India last year as well.  What a mind-blowing cultural experience!  In order to fully experience the wonders of the world, I had to completely embrace travel as a lifestyle


Click here to "like" I Dreamed Of This on Facebook, and I'll keep you updated on the newest posts!  I won't let you down. Note: I hope to write the blogs below soon....for now, check out my blog section HERE:) I have been quite distracted by the beauty of the Philippines as you can see....


By the way, I have always used Jimdo to build and run this website, I love it!