Picture: Solo trip to Mt. Fuji, Japan
Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa
Traveling did not come easily for me. I didn’t wake one morning thinking, I am going to pack a bag and start traveling the world. I needed a change in my life, my old job was starting to get to me. While out with a girlfriend she told me about a friend of hers who was teaching English overseas, and that really intrigued me. So I started doing my research and doing what I needed to do, and a year later I landed a job teaching English in China.
When I got to China my colleagues were young people that had just finished universities and colleges doing their gap years and what not. They were here because they wanted to travel the world. They knew exactly where they wanted to go and why. And there I was in my late 20's completely clueless about the world.
A public holiday came about and they suggested we should visit one of the nearby cities. I tagged along, and from that day I was hooked. I tagged along to some more places. In time I started traveling on my own. It wasn’t easy at all, I messed up a lot, with booking hotels, booking flights, I even missed a flight once. But in time it got easier. I am proud to say I have been to more than 10 countries, and planning to travel to more.
Traveling is such a learning experience, you meet people from all corners of the world, with so many different stories to tell. You learn new cultures, you get to eat amazing food that you might never have had in your own country, best of all you make friends from all over the world.
Travel Advice: When you travel alone you get to know yourself.