How It All Began

The story below left a deep impression on me when I came across it many years ago. I guess my take away from the tale is: travelling doesn’t always need to be a grand adventure that takes years of toil to save up before we can finally fulfil our dreams of exploring the world.

Part One, The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho):

“Why do you tend to a flock of sheep?”

“Because I like to travel.”

The old man pointed to a baker standing in his shop window at one corner of the plaza. 

“When he was a child, that man wanted to travel, too. But he decided first to buy his bakery and put money aside. When he’s an old man, he’s going to spend a month in Africa. He never realised that people are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”

I’ve always been fascinated by world culture and history – what makes us so different, yet so similar? Is it the environment we grow up in, our language, education or religion? What links us together as a human race? And what pushes us apart? The world is vast. Perhaps all the answers are out there, waiting for us to discover.

I love travelling, and the many new life experiences it has shown me. Being independent, meeting new people and discovering different ways of life. Being a keen observer of human nature, I’ve started to jot down some of these moments in my road trips. I hope you would enjoy reading what I’ve put together. If you like, you can share yours too and be a part of this really exciting idea.

So, I thought it might be a good idea to create a meeting place for fellow travellers like yourself to trade our travel stories. After all, different people see things differently – we all have our unique cultural lenses and upbringing, hence we all see things a little differently. And that’s what make us unique.

This blog was created to enable fellow travellers (armchair explorers included☺) to discover new perspectives and to share their travel stories as we believe that no travel experience is the same, even if we go to the same place for a vacation. Read on to find out what others have to say to the same places you’ve visited, or, simply to get an in-depth feel of the new places you would like to visit.

I hope that these travel stories may inspire you to write and perhaps create your very own travel journal. Start small. It may be as simple as jotting down little notes on your smart phone.

At the end of the day, travelling is much more than visiting a new place. I believe that it stirs something deep inside us whenever we find our own travel moments – the raw beauty of rolling mountains. Or the kindness shown to us by complete strangers we’ve met on our trips. Or, even the simplicity of life elsewhere far from home.

Finally, I encourage you to share your travel anecdotes, for they may very well encourage someone on the other side of the globe to embark on a lifetime of adventure in one way or another.

Live life to the fullest and have a safe journey. May the roads rise to meet you and the winds always be at your back.

Daniel Chen