Traveling is not for everyone

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I’ve read so many articles about how you HAVE to travel before you are 30 and how you need to see everything before you are 25, and endless lists of things you ABSOLUTELY need to do before you die and if you don’t do them then you are a loser.

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Let’s just stop with that!

Just to be clear, traveling is one of the things I love the most… after reading! There is always a thrill and excitement to take a plane and land somewhere unknown. It’s been my dream to do what I do for a living since I was young, so I’m not here to complain or anything like that.

Let’s be honest, traveling is not pleasant and glamorous all the time. Sometimes, when I’m away, I wish I could be in my bed. But nobody stuck a gun against my head and forced me to do what I do, so I’m not complaining! What I do not like is people forcing everyone to absolutely travel, when it is not something that everyone can do… life , money, family gets in the way or is just so much more important than to take a plane. Each and every one of us decides how to live our life the best way we can.

Actually, I used to think that people that do not travel are weird… I’ve met some that do not even have a passport and I was like what????? is it possible??? Well yes it’s possible because we are all different and we do not have the travel bug and it is not obligatory. It does not make you better or worse. Yes, I do think that we are in this planet and we should LIVE and SEE everything. But you see, you can do it your own way. You can just travel around your country, or not travel at all. Let’s stop with the judgement of those who decide to stay home.

I would love to know what you think about this… do you feel the same?


 

He leido tantos articulos en buzzfeed y anexas sobre como es casi OBLIGATORIO viajar porque si no lo haces te estas perdiendo de todo en la vida. Ya basta con eso! Todos tenemos objetivos diferentes en la vida, y el hecho de viajar o no, de no tener el gusanito de viajar, no nos hace ni mejores ni peores. Si, tomar un avion y aterrizar en un lugar desconocido es increible, descubrir una nueva cultura, una nueva lengua es una de las cosas que me gustan mas de viajar. Pero esa misma emocion la podemos tener de otra manera, y cada persona decide como y donde vivir su vida.

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Lo que mas me molesta de todos esos articulos es que te hacen sentir como si no interesarse por viajar es como si hubieras desperdiciado tu vida o como si no fueras lo suficientemente ambicioso. Sinceramente, antes pensaba que la gente que no salia o que no tenia pasaporte era un poco rara, no lo podia creer! Hoy pienso totalmente diferente. Disculpenme, pero todos tenemos ambiciones diferentes! Nuestra vida es un viaje en si mismo, y esta en nosotros como y en donde decidimos vivirla.

Diran que es un poco ironico que diga esto cuando tengo un blog sobre viajes, pero uno no excluye el otro 😉

Me encantaria saber qué es lo que piensan al respecto, estan de acuerdo?

xx Andy

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{Travel tips} The ups and downs of buying plane tickets

Let’s be honest: most of the time, it is impossible to find the perfect plane ticket (cheap, no layover, great airline). Although there are some tricks that do work, such as erasing the cookies, you have to have a lot of time and be really into finding super deals online to get THE perfect price.

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However, I’ve found recently that there are two basic rules for buying tickets, either for business or for pleasure (even though for business you will not be worrying that much for the price but still, you don’t want your company to pay double just because you decided to plan your trip at the last minute):

  1. You can find the cheapest tickets months in advance, BUT it is not always the case.

What? It is not possible! you might be saying to yourself right now. Well, let me tell you something that just happened. I wanted to go to Mexico in April, so I checked the airfares for Paris-Mexico no layover with AirFrance (I really don’t like AeroMexico, which is another company that flies directly from Paris to Mexico). The price? 1 540 Euros. Yes, you read that right! I decided it was too much money for economy class, so I planned something else to see my family. Anyway, I received an email from AirFrance on Monday announcing great prices for Mexico because of their inaugural A380 flight direct from Paris. Since I like to hurt and traumatize myself, I checked right away and lo and behold, the airfare is 758 euros for the same dates.

Quick pro tip: you cannot always anticipate price changes. Buying months in advance does not guarantee that you will get the best price. 

So, what to do then?

2. Whenever you see what you consider is the best price that you are willing to pay, buy it straight away. 

It is the same logic I apply (most of the time) when buying clothes or stuff. Sometimes you think it soooo much that in the end your size is out of stock or the discount is no longer applicable. So just go ahead and buy it, it is great to analyze and search like crazy for an incredible price but, unless there is an error fare, miracles don’t exist. Another example of this precise situation happened to me this week. I am planning a business trip to Australia (I’m so excited I’ll write about it later!), and since I have family there, I was looking for plane tickets to go to Canberra from Sydney. One week ago I found on vol24.fr (hands down one of the best websites out there) a ticket going for 100 Euros. I didn’t buy it because I was in a lazy mood and whatever. I decided to finally buy it yesterday and guess what, it is now 150 Euros.

Quick pro tip: if you find a price that is a great price for you, don’t over think it, just do it!

So there you go, real life experience coming from yours truly.

Have you ever experienced something like this? I would love to hear your thoughts about it!

-Andy

{Thoughts} My year in review

It is that time of the year when you make a list of everything you are grateful for, what you loved or disliked, but most of all, what you are looking forward to in the new year.

2015 was a challenging year, but also a rewarding one. I finally saw the fruit of many things that I have worked for, so that makes me feel very grateful to the universe for everything that’s going on right now. In regards to the challenges, one of the biggest ones was to take the leap and change jobs. I am really happy where I am right now because I get to do one of the things that I love the most: TRAVEL.

In four months, I had the chance to go to Germany, London, Toronto, Zurich and Vienna. Not too shabby ! I traveled to Rome and Mexico as well, can’t complain!

 

I am looking forward to see what 2016 has in store for me !

I wish you all the very best, and as Gandalf says “All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you”.

xX Andy

 

The social media curse

How to prove the world that you’ve been THERE? Is it enough to “check-in” or post a status on Facebook ? Is it to get likes on social media or something else?

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oh, the famous “traveling to” Facebook status…

I am guilty as charged, I do it. The image above comes from my Facebook. Last time in London? I wrote a cheesy status saying: London calling. The obligatory instagram photos followed. Well, I realized that it does not necessarily mean that I am an obnoxious traveler that needs to publicly aknowledge that I am going places. It just means that the way we live and travel has dramatically changed in the last few years.

Social media has revolutionized our entire lives. The extent of its impact depends on us. How many people spend all their time taking pictures, videos (that you rarely watch afterwards), instagramming, snapchatting, etc instead of just enjoying the view? Heck, even Instagram and Snapchat became verbs! I believe it is perfectly fine to take all the pictures you want to share with your family and friends, but this should not become the main concern while traveling. We stop seeing through our eyes, and opt to “enjoy” the view from our iPhone. We are thinking which is the best angle to take the photos, what snazzy caption we can write on Instagram, instead of LIVING the moment.

This is when you have to decide how much you are going to let social media define how you appreciate life !

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Camera eats first

Yes, I want to take great pictures of everywhere I go. Yes, I want to have enough material for Instagram and for the blog. However, if I do not enjoy the moment, if I do not fully appreciate the culture, or the food, or the general ambiance of the country I am visiting, then what am I going to share? Really share? Just a list of “10 best things to do in XXX” ? Well that is not the point of writing a travel blog (in my opinion). So, I will be careful to enjoy the moment, take a good picture if I can (and not stress if it doesn’t work out as planned), and write about my experience here.

Likes in social media mean nothing if you do not appreciate each and every moment, no matter where you are in the world.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this !

X-Andy