Why I Travel the Way I Travel


  • I travel alone most of the time. Being alone gives me the space to discover things at my own speed. It gives me the freedom to do what I want. Don’t get me wrong, I also travel with other people but the experiences would not be the same. I find everything more intense when I am alone on the road.

Me taking photos in Jerusalem, 2014.

 

  • I buy a book (mostly a novel in English) whenever I am in another country. This allows me to roam endlessly in different bookstores to enjoy the atmosphere and to see what kind of books local people read. Last purchase was in St. Louis, USA, January 2015: Best American Short Stories 2014. Quite a good read.

  • I send postcards to my family, friends and myself. In most cases I send them just before I have to leave because I want to recapitulate and summarize everything in a few sentences.
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My parents’ fridge with some of the postcards sent by me and my sister when we are on the road.

  • I learn the basics of the language spoken in the country that I visit: this gives me the chance to talk to locals. One of the best parts of an adventure in another country! Tip: YouTube is a very good source.

  • I take a picture of an apple with the visited place in the background: it gives me the feeling that NYC is always with me wherever I go.
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Big apple with Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco 2013.

  • I don’t have a plan when I travel: having plans will not allow me to enjoy randomness which I love every much. In fact, it’s randomness that makes a journey more interesting.
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Why sticking to a plan when you can roam aimlessly? Like this stray dog in Addis Ababa, 2013.

 

  • I walk most of the time: walking is the best way for me to discover a foreign place. Period.

    Just me and the road. Well, almost. Kyoto, 2010.

    What about you, fellow travelers? Any special behaviours when you are on the road?

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Where I Find Peace and Tranquility


Over the course of time I have found a few places in the world where I can find my peace of mind and let go of whatever is bothering me. I’m sure everybody has some places like that in their heart. Here are some photos that illustrate my happy places; they are much more beautiful in real life though! Seriously.

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Taking a stroll in Köllnischer Park, visiting the bears in the Bärenzwinger (Berlin, Germany)

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Sitting on a bench on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, looking at Manhattan skyline (NYC, USA)

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Visiting the Rockefeller Center, looking down at Manhattan

(NYC, USA)

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Sitting by the shore of Lake Tana, enjoying the view and the wind (Bahir Dar, Ethiopia)

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Wandering aimlessly on Waiheke Island (Auckland, New Zealand)

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Watching sunrise and sunset on Tidung Islands (Jakarta, Indonesia)

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Taking the Bondi Beach coastal walk (Sydney, Australia)

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Watching sunset/sunrise on the beach in Kamakura (Kamakura, Japan)

Where do you find peace and tranquility?