I have always traveled, ever since I remember.
I first traveled through books and my imagination, thought trasportandomi with other countries and eras and dreaming of living the most incredible adventures.
I traveled with my parents, finding a little bit of Europe and, more, of Italy and developing curiosity and attention for its natural beauty and art that allows you to enjoy the journey. I traveled with friends and partners by sharing with them the adrenaline and the wonder of the discovery of new and interest in different cultures and societies. I traveled for work and volunteer starting to give the dimension of travel purposes even more enriching and stimulating. I traveled “through third parties” following travel documentaries and reading articles and books of travelers – and here’s a thought dutifully goes to great Tiziano Terzani. I traveled by bringing some of the world from me through the fantastic community couchsufers that I started the idea of low cost travel.
So, in one way or another the propensity to travel has always been in me, and the desire to devote more time has been gradually increasing over the years.
Yet accomplices work commitments and university, but, above all, a great fear of the “jump”, I would decide to start to chase the dream to drop everything and go. And so I did it step by step and push from a state that would define “need to breathe deeply the death penalty for apnea.”
In a moment of great inner darkness and strong difficulty tolerating the life that I was leading and I felt not truly in harmony with me – but who was I, after all? – And, spurred on by my partner at the time, I began to do research on the internet to look for actually travel or volunteer who devote myself for a bit ‘of time. In the wake of a renewed enthusiasm, I spoke of going for a few months in Africa to volunteer at an orphanage for elephants and instead I ended up going for five days in Umbria on a farm with goats … Well, it was a start – the goats love them still and elephants saw them later – and then my courage has been slowly but surely increasing.
Completed college, I decided that it was time to change my life for real, and I thought to experience lavoratia abroad could be a good way to start. I opted for London, a city I love, to the climate. I booked the flights, I resigned to work, I left the house and the car scrap yards, prepared family and friends in this great step. But two weeks before departure I stravolsi all floors. I felt that if I moved to London I would have just changed location but the stringent dynamic that tended to recreate for me so I decided to follow an inner voice that I suggested a different adventure. I canceled the flight to London and bought one for Bangkok.
I was supposed to stay two months in Asia, a month in Thailand and one in Laos. I was six months traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Nepal. There I left the old me, I opened my heart and soul and tasted for the first time a sense of freedom never known before but coveted. I promised myself to keep this new state on the way back from Asia but, as all that is new, it was a precarious balance therefore had to spend more time – and more travel – for sedimentarlo more.
Determined to continue to follow a road course outside the box but certainly more in line with myself, I slowly did take a new turn to my life, increasingly nomadic and alternating months passed in my town, Turin, in periods abroad. Even my way of traveling has gradually gone changing: from backpacking pure fact of the constant movement from place to place, I went to travel slower and stops more or less long in some places so that I fall more in the local culture, develop social relationships and work. I do not do more long-term programs, I try to live the present and listen to what Life I recommend. I realize some dreams of my childhood, I see in person the places described in books and documentaries, I meet new people and tell my personal travel stories. Above all, though, while world travel trip even within myself, I discover more and more me and my connections with the entire universe. And I continue to breathe freedom. Traveling alone for these and many other reasons.