After spending a year in Canada and starting my first real backpacking trip right after, buying my first travel journal (which really was the only simple notebook I could find in Livingston, Guatemala) I realized I had something to share, which is my own experience in itself, but after traveling for a while, I have found myself repeating the same old stories and recommendations over and over again... And for some reason people were interested in hearing it. Just as I was interested in hearing their stories, and to this day enjoy exchanging opinions and discussions about places to visit, things to do, life.., Oh life. Favorite topic of 'em all. So I've decided to share stuff here too. Won't be as personal as a diary, but as close as it gets in the online world.
So I'd give advice and share my experiences based on who I was talking to and what I thought they were looking for on their trips... (And everyone is looking for something...)
Traveling you meet all kinds of people. Young people. Old people. Stoners. Broke. Rich. Retired. Divorced. Quit-their-job. Straight out of highschool. Full time travellers. Ultra hippies. Alcoholics anonymous. People on vacation. Random people. People high on life... Some people come across as they've got it all figured out, but after a while you learn to see trough the mask. Because everyone's got one, to one extend. Different journeys, different paces and different ways to get there. We are all lost in our own way and we all like to wonder for some part of our days. Some people are just more honest about it than others. It's one thing being full of shit in front of others, but it's another thing when you have to look in the mirror, slap yourself in the face and be honest with the reflection.
Luckily, by traveling, you'd meet the most amazing, open-minded people. There's some that make you wonder why the hell are they traveling at all, but everyone's got their reasons and sometimes if you look close enough and take the effort to skip the first (often wrong) impression, people can truly surprise you. One second you think they're complete weirdos and the next one, they can be the most interesting people around. By open-minded I mean accepting difference & willingness to think outside the box. Ofcourse, some people are more interesting to us than others, depending on how much we have in common. But we learn something from each and every one of them. With some people you connect more and with some the click just doesn't happen. And that's OK. Gente diferente :) We can usually feel it when we meet "our kind of people". Sometimes you connect to someone instantly and have a hard time saying goodbye after knowing them only for days. And then again, sometimes you know people for months and it turns out they're not who you thought they were or vice versa.. Best is to simply accept the fact that it's time to go your separate ways, have a new experience and cherish the good times you shared.
People change. Feelings change. WE change. We outgrow some things and change our perspective, thank fucking godness... isn't that why we're traveling in the first place?
Most importantly, somewhere along the way, if you look hard enough.. might even be complete strangers. Somewhere down the road... you meet people who INSPIRE you. The few gems that make you reconsider your life choices and habits that are so engraved in you. People who make you THINK.
So what I'll be sharing on this newly born blog of mine, will be somewhat like what I just wrote. Might not make a lot of sense to most people, might be grammatically incorrect, but I'm writing it anyways! Because it feels good to write shit down :) Hopefully some of you will be able to relate. Or find some meaning in it, or even find some useful pieces of information.
I'm just in the middle of my 3rd travel journal (which are currently my most treasured belongings... besides my almost expired passport and bank card) & I hope I continue them till the day I die.
I'm actually very fucking lucky to still have them. A good friend of mine (Maja) just left a couple of days ago - we met up in Guatemala after more than a year and spent 10 days catching up and enjoying perks of Antigua - then I headed back to Mexico & she traveled back to Europe after 2 years of being away. As awesome as she is, she offered to take some of my "shit" with her.. Luckily I only gave her some gifts for friends (which can be easily replaced), but I remember changing my mind last minute to keep my journals, because "I was planning to maaybe finally start writing a blog". Just to have it all put together in another form, and needed my journals for the chronological order and reminders.
Anyhow, after a long couple of days Maja landed in Germany and her backpack never came down the treadmill... Yep, the airline lost it. So it turns out that this amateur blog idea was the one that saved my memory books. Still keeping fingers crossed the backpack turns up! But yeah, everything is good for something.
Look on the bright side. You never know what's around the corner. You never know who you're going to meet and how they will change your life. So stop planning too much. Embrace the uncertainty and live in the moment.
Keeping you posted...