I’ve been on one hell of a personal journey over the last few years.
Life was an emotional rollercoaster and to me it made perfect sense to add to the craziness, quit my job and escape to Peru for a few months.
In the beginning everything was confusing; despite being sheltered within the umbrella of an NGO where I was volunteering. I didn’t speak the language nor understand the customs. I thought that I would never get to grips with the local bus system or be brave enough to set out on my own across South America.
But after 3 months, I took a deep breath and I crossed the border into Ecuador. And with the help and support of the many wonderful people that I met along the way, I relaxed and I embraced my new lifestyle.
I began travelling in June 2013. I usually choose to stay in mixed dormitories in backpackers’ hostels or I work in exchange for food and accommodation. I have given English lessons and I have worked on farms and in hostels. I have documented my journey in my blog and in this section you can read about some of the personal stories that have touched me along the way, including my musings on why I and others choose to travel. What I have learnt is that everybody has an interesting story and you should never assume anything about the people that you meet. I try so hard not to judge others because I don’t know what they are dealing with.
There is something about the travelling community that encourages strangers to connect, share and open up with each other. I guess we all recognise that we are adrift in a strange place and far from family and friends. People meet you and get to know you for who you are, without the influences of gossip or knowing about your past
I have met some incredibly generous people – generous with their time, possessions and love and these people are who inspire me to continue with my journey.
So please, do check out this section and learn more about what, in my humble opinion, makes the world tick.
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