I travel for...
Discovering faraway places not found in guides or on maps
Travelling independently allows you to discover destinations that aren’t visited by the tourist masses, and that barely appear on maps! To me, these tiny faraway villages and landscapes represent the real, authentic and unadulterated side of a country, quite often where western customs have had little to no impact. Where you can truly witness the day-to-day customs of the local people.
Meeting new people
In reflecting on all my travels, to 30 odd countries now, the best memories come from the new friends I’ve made and the great times and experiences I’ve had with them. Meeting new friends abroad, from all corners of the globe, has allowed my travel to grow exponentially, as many of my trips these days revolve around visiting friends overseas. To top it off, the opportunity of a local showing you round their city and country, discovering all the hidden gems and hot-spots, is hugely beneficial and unique!
I love travelling for the authentic experiences that go hand in hand with exploring a new country and immersing yourself in a new foreign culture. Experiences such as drinking chai with locals in Mumbai, helping Sri Lankan fisherman pull in their nets, drinking bia hoi (locally brewed beer) on the street corners of Hanoi, and spending Easter feasting on local delicacies with a Chilean family.