“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
In the past few years, I’ve met many people from different parts of the world. Sometimes, I walked into their lives, and sometimes, they walked into mine. Regardless of how we met, we all had one thing in common, ‘curiosity’. Curiosity is the desire to know more about the world and the essence of being human. And knowing that there’s something amazing out there that’s greater than us all, and the only way to understand it is by experiencing it ourselves.
I have to confess that I was not born with the desire to travel. It even became a phobia in my teenage years. The first time I ever traveled on my own was going to the US for a Masters’ degree, which did not turn out as planned and I left after one semester.
Fast forward a couple of years, and I was planning my very first holiday with a friend (under her influence of course). It took us 3-4 months to plan our 5 day cultural trip to New York City. It turned out to be a wonderful experience and I decided to do more travelling.
The following year, I went to Paris for a month on my own and studied French. Much to my surprise, that trip completely changed my outlook on life, and thus my life as a result. Travelling and seeing the world became my mission. I was 26 that year, and learned that it’s never too late to start doing what you love.
In the next several years, I visited many countries in Europe (i.e. Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, etc.), many cities in the US and Canada (i.e. DC, Boston, San Diego, Salt Lake City, Savannah, Greenville, Vancouver, etc.), as well as east Asia (Japan and southern China).
Eventually, I became dissatisfied with short trips and moved to London, then Edinburgh, then the Canary Islands in Spain.
Then one day as I was going through my photo albums, a thought came to me, ‘Why not share my experiences with other? So they can see the world too.’ That’s why I’m here to share my story with you all, through pictures, words, and videos.
I hope you’ll enjoy the ride with me. And perhaps one day you’ll experience the world yourself too. 🙂