We are creatures of comfort. We cling to our tried and true, we find our patterns, and stick to what we know best. But there's a big, wide, beautiful world out there. For those who want it, it's out there. This blog represents a collection of experiences and impressions I have gathered embracing change and seeking ever new adventures on the road. Writing about them helps me to reflect upon my journey and hopefully encourages you to take a step outside your door more often.
But why travel at all? I have got friends who have settled down to family life and they appear to enjoy it very much. The draw of travelling can be so strong that years can pass before you even stop to question why you're doing it in the first place. Why make all those miles to far off towns? Why leave all your loved ones behind, to live out of suitcases, in shit hotels, and in the back of vans? In the past years, I have come to realise that my uppermost goal in life is personal growth. Every day, I want to become a better version of myself.
As a matter of fact, it is never the nice and comfortable experiences that we learn from. Consequently, I regularly step out of my comfort zone, set aside the absolute truth and open myself to alternative ways of thinking, in order to ulimately learn and recalibrate accordingly. Travel gives me the opportunity to become the person I’ve always hoped to be: the most refined, well-developed versions of myself possible. Throughout the past decade, I have travelled 46 countries and cycled almost 10 000 km across Europe. My bike trips to Venice, Istanbul and Gibraltar are both some of my most challenging and most valuable experiences at the same time.
I believe travel is uncomfortable, and that's the point.