It is May 29th, 2016, wandre.space is finally live.
Did you know that 78% of people cannot remember when exactly they've traveled or what places they've been to? Well, I made that number up, but the point is that our experiences come and go and tend to be forgotten years later. Do you remember where you were 5 or 10 years ago? I don't and I regret not keeping a journal. This is when I had to create something to help me track my own travels, and eventually Wandre was born.
Not all who Wandre are Lost
And for some, the thrill and excitement of getting lost is one of the greatest joys. In our everyday lives we start to pay less and less attention to our surroundings. Everything is familiar. When being thrown in a completely new environment without a plan, without gps or even a map, senses all heightened, we start to notice things that we usually wouldn't. Being more aware of everything happening around me makes the experience so much more memorable.
This is something you can only experience while on the road. And that is why urge all of you who have doubts about traveling to just do it. Be where you want to be.
The Commitment to Travel
I am aware that this is not always possible. We all have our responsibilities, to go to work or school, to take care of others, or other things that is keeping us where we are. I personally have not had the chance to travel for the last year; finishing school, lack of a travel budget, etc. So how do we approach traveling? The important thing is opportunity and to take it when presented. If you are still in university, semesters abroad are a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture. If not, I'm sure you have vacation days or at least weekends. It doesn't even have to be far away, it doesn't have to be expensive. Wether you fly, drive or ride a bike, wether you go alone or bring others with you, pick out a place you haven't been to and suits your budget/schedule, take it all in and write down your experience when you're back home. It is surprising how much more we can take away.
This is Wandre's first story and I could go on rambling about the development that Wandre has undergone, but I'll spare you the boring details (which might be for another time). Instead, I want to take this opportunity to get to know you all and end this on a few questions:
- Where do you want to travel next and what draws you there?
- What are some not so well known places of your favorite destinations?
- And lastly, what do you want to know and what do you want to see?
And since this the first story, feel free to offer any suggestions. You can also reach out to me in the comment section below. Ask me anything!