Meet our Travel Inspiration Series where we share traveller, blogger and photographer chronicles in order to understand what motivated them to start their endless adventure and adopt a travel lifestyle. We know everyone has a tale to tell and in this series, we want to share everyone's travel inspiration story.
Grab a cup of tea, sit back, relax and let's get lost in a world full of wanderlust.
Aiden from Freeborn Aiden - Travel Inspiration Story
"I was never inspired to travel so much as driven to it. I hit the road purely because I had no other place to be.
When I was younger I always felt that travelling was for other people, that it was for richer people or braver people but not for me and to be honest I never really gave it too much thought.
That all changed in 2013. Firstly, the love of my life passed away following a long battle with cancer; she was 28. Then, through circumstances beyond my control, I lost my job and my home. My life as I knew it had disintegrated around me.
However, truth be told, for a long time I had felt the vague sensation of been a stranger in my own existence and I barely even recognised the life I was leading as been mine. I was craving something “more” but has no idea what that was. I, therefore, had no desire whatsoever to pick up the scattered shards of that existence and attempt to reconstruct them.
Instead, I decided it was time for change and for action. I was still far from convinced that travelling was really for me but decided I would do it anyway. I decided to head to Colombia almost completely randomly for a spell teaching English. In travelling, I found a new muse and a new obsession. Saying I “found myself” on the road would be a tire cliché but I certainly reconnected with myself and found a space in which to be myself again.
The road since them has been long, winding and sometimes difficult but I have never looked back."
Maria from Tigrest - Travel Inspiration Story
"I have always enjoyed travelling with my family. Growing up, we only took a few short trips, but they were always a big deal to me. When I was 16, my parents sent me to a youth camp in Germany for 3 weeks. I was totally alone in a foreign country with rather bad language skills. On the first day, I forgot my passport and return ticket in a cab! All in all, that was a great trip, I met a lot of nice people and realized how much I loved being away!
Moving forward, I was 21 when I landed my first real job - in a travel agency. That's when I got to travel to some remote destinations for work. In the course of 5 years, I got a chance to see most of southern Europe (all the sun&beach holiday destination). That was the best time of my work-life. The best part of it were the free trips!
When I was out of the travel job, I started travelling at my own expense - as much as I could. I was bit by a travel bug and couldn't just stop. Every year I try to visit a new country. This year I visited USA and France. Also, this year I started my own travel blog, in order to write down all the fantastic memories I have from the trips. Here is the picture of me at the Grand Canyon."
Becca from Beewanderlust - Travel Inspiration Story
"Over the last few years, there has definitely been a few things that really motivated me to start to travel. Firstly it began with curiosity, my first real trip was 2 months backpacking around Europe. I LOVED it! Everything about it. New people, cultures, food, you name it, I even love hostels. I wanted more. After that, it might sound cheesy but wanderlust was my motivation.
I had this strong desire in me to want to travel more, see more, experience more. If I sat at home I just hated it, I wanted to be exploring somewhere new. I began travelling as much as I could. The music I listened to motivated me on a daily basis when I couldn't travel, songs about travelling far and wide. Songs about experiencing new places, living on the road, that's where I got my daily dose of motivation when I studied.
As soon as I finished university my motivation grew, out of the fear of being stuck in the 9-5 life. I worked for 5 months in a full-time job, needless to say, it wasn't for me. I realised there and then I didn't want a conventional life, that's when I booked a one-way ticket to Australia. I have lived in Australia for the last year and I am moving back again in January. I can't see me wanting to settle down, get a 9-5 job, live for the weekend, decorate a house, anytime soon. Every day I have these core motivations, curiosity and wanderlust, that have me planning my next trip.
These were my motivations at the beginning of my travels, and I hope they are always my motivations. "
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