I was 18 years old. I was like a baby, tasting food for the first time. Intrigued.
It was also a moment that I made an agreement with myself: Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been. Inspired by the Dalai Lama, of course.
Fast-forward 9 years and I’ve upheld my end of the bargain. Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, New Zealand, Egypt, Morocco, and just about every country in Europe…. They’ve all become part of who I am today. And today, I am a travel writer.
"The journey to get here was rocky, but inevitable. I’m fascinated by those smallmoments –moments between moments."
Watching from a train window, a little girl runs into her grandma’s wide embrace, giggling. Walking through international arrivals and seeing a beaming husband greet his wife a bouquet of flowers – a tear running down his right cheek. Those are the moments, tiny gestures, I see. This is what inspires me.
"It drives me to be more than a travel writer, but a storyteller."
I talk about travel by talking about its people. In my work, I aim to bring back people centric stories. Not brochure and website enticements… but insights. Real characters in travel stories. Telling destinations by talking about its people.
I’m an interpreter of experience, with a vision to breakdown barriers and encourage people to forge their own travel path – helping people see that travel is really a state of mind. That it’s less about what we doand more about who we are.
"It’s about about making connections with people – other travellers, locals, taxi drivers, hotel staff, whoever – because we’re genuinely curious about them."
This deeper travel bridges the gap between observation and experience, giving us a better look at life in a particular place and making us feel more a part of a destination – even if it’s only for a short time.
I believe we don’t stop being travellers when we get back from a trip. We bring the same sense of wonder and curiosity to a spontaneous drive that we bring to a round-the-world trip.
This quote sums it up perfectly:
“Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”
Travelling transforms. It’s certainly transformed me. To seek. explore. discover. I’m losing a battle against a continuous hunger for more. And I’m completely fine with that.