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Do you ever wish you could just take off and leave everything behind? Does it happen often that you feel the place you are at is too small, too narrow or too boring?

Wouldn’t it be fun to just hop on the next plane out of here?

Anywhere but here! 

Because sometimes it feels, I’m sure it happens to all of us, that we cannot, we will not be content with less than the best. Happiness is just around the corner and we will get on the first bus, train, bicycle or even a donkey and just ride towards that bright future that’s waiting for us.

We will chase that dream and find happiness…

Except that happiness is not something you can chase and if you cannot be content in one place chances are you will not be content anywhere.

Sometimes you are exactly where you are supposed to be but the grass is always greener on the other side. So, over to the other side we go and then discover that the patch next to it is greener still and our garden is no fun anymore.

“We must cultivate our own garden.” Voltaire

That’s one piece of radical advice!

What if we would really make the best of where we are because that is the place we are meant to be?

What if hopping on the next plane is not the answer?

What if we would learn contentment?

What if it’s not the circumstances but us that make the difference?

Just think about it!

28528_1306805665829_7446471_nPhoto: Holger Bergner

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My sister Susana just came back from her Asian trip with lots of stories, photos and interesting gifts for everyone. My gift was a thimble from Thailand, a few cards with paintings of Thai children, and Lorenzo got lots of coins that will go into the coin collection I started for him.

I asked my sister if I could interview her over a cup of coffee and breakfast cookies and she agreed. You can of course, read her blog over at Never Go South  and follow her on her adventures.

In the meantime, grab yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy the interview!

So, for how long did you dream about taking the trip?

For three years! I first came up with the idea when I was living and working in Serbia with Culture Exchange, an alternative coffee shop that I started with some friends. There I met Alex a crazy Greek/German traveler, he was heading to Asia for a volunteer/bike trip and I got so excited just hearing about it, that I wanted to do it as well.

Which countries did you visit and how long did your trip last?

It was 4 months and 5 days. I visited Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietman, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan and spent three hours in Russia, does that count? Seeing Siberia from the airplane was the best part of my trip.

Yours was a backpacking trip, how much stuff did you have?

12 kilos! I didn’t take my camera but I had my laptop. If I would buy anything I would leave something behind. It’s a good idea to travel light. When you’re walking around under the heat you curse everything you have in your bag. Oh and I didn’t really take any makeup.

You speak three languages fluently, right and a bit of Serbian? Which one was the one you used the most?

Sign and body language! Seriously! I spoke mostly English and a little Spanish. I never had the chance of meeting Italians and nobody really speaks Italian outside of Italy. I spoke Spanish with Latin American travelers: Mexican, Argentinian, Chilean and with Spaniards of course.

You did some volunteering in exchange of accomodations…

Yes, I signed up to a website “Workaway”, which is pretty cool!  I ended up in an orphanage in Cambodia, in an English school in Vietman, and in an outdoor activities camp in Malaysia where I helped in the kitchen.

Your favorite place?

Bali and Thailand. Bali for the view and nature and Thailand for the people.

At a certain point you ended up alone and you wrote on your blog about “traveling solo”. Where you ever scared and would you recommend it to a girl?

I was never really scared but I was really lucky nothing “weird” ever happened to me and didn’t have any bad experiences. Southeast Asia is safe to travel, and I noticed that 70% of the travelers were girls traveling alone. Most of the people I met were girls. Personally I think  Eastern Europe is a lot “scarier“,  I feel less secure than I did in Asia.

Did you ever get sick?

I was lucky I didn’t get  sick. Well, I got food poisoning twice in Thailand, it was a horrible experience. Of course, bottled water is a must, and avoid ice on drinks.

Any cultural shock?

Not really. Because I’m used to traveling nothing really shocked me. Maybe the food in Vietnam…a lot of foods didn’t look appetizing and I didn’t eat much. 🙂 Japan was a surprise, I didn’t imagine it so westernized, I mean the quality of things…

Any future trips?

I’m going to Serbia, and then back to England and I would like hitchhike around Europe with my dog. I would also like to take a trip to South America, back to the roots so to speak.

Thank you so much for your time and for answering the questions. Any final words?

Any dream starts with a thought, and even if it takes forever for it to happen, if you don’t give up you’ll find yourself living your dream!

 

 

 

 

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I’m sure you’ve all heard the story of Brandon Stanton, the photographer and blogger behind Humans on New York. I heard about him for the first time through a blog I follow: Everyday Ambassador
Was it last week that he got invited with Vidal and Mrs. Lopez to the White House to meet the President?

What I think is really amazing is how he was just a normal guy who had lost his job and so decided to pursue his passion for photography and started taking portrait photos of people he met in New York. He started a blog that soon became popular also on Facebook. The next thing you know he is invited to meet the President of the U.S, how cool is that?

What I like the most about this story, and Brandon’s personal journey is that he had a dream and he went after it. I wonder how many of us have a dream that we keep in the back burner forever instead of pursuing that one thing we are passionate about.

Last year I got the oppurtinity to hear Ann Feinstein at a business conference. She is an entreprenaur and business coach. She talked about dreams and we shouldn’t let them sit there and go to waste.

Lately I’ve been thinking about my personal dreams and at the beginning it was really hard because somehow I got out of touch with my dreams and allowed life to get in the way. But when I went back in my memories to the time I was a little girl, the dreams I had then emerged and I realized they are the same dreams I have now, except now they are not as extravagant.

All that to say that we all have a dream and we should take time to think about it, set some realistic goals, work every day to make it happen and see it grow. I think it might surprise us how much our lives can change!

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