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Hi, my name is Tess – Welcome to my Life!

 

Thank you for popping by! Here is a little glimpse of what this page is about:

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Like so many, I left the Corporate world in good old London to travel the world – and guess what happened next? I could never ever imagine going back to a life in a ‘glass cage’!

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I love blogging and freelancing, because it affords me a whole lot of freedom that I would otherwise not have. I can be stationary somewhere for a while or travel on a whim and still be able to make a living. Location-independence is my ultimate idea of freedom and a happy life. And a happy life involves a lot of exploring and photographing

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I travel first and foremost to discover more about myself on a quest to becoming a better human every day. I believe you change the world by changing yourself first! I mindfully wander around the world, to be more balanced and happier. Sometimes my experiences are painful along the way: my father passed away unexpectedly while I was 9000km away from my home country. If it wasn’t for travelling, however, I would not have coped as well as I did. Travelling pushed me out of my comfort zone and transformed me.

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These are some of my experiences that had a big impact on me: trekking in Nepal and pushing myself too hard until I fell ill with pneumonia – it taught me about the concept of self-love and how NOT to treat yourself. I learned that I am an introverted traveller who is sometimes happy to wander alone. I pushed my long-lasting fear of diving once and for all. I learnt to be more patient and more open-minded. I have realised how absolutely worth it was to leave my safety net and travel the world to follow a blissful life. I realised that I am okay living a ‘back to basics’ life – sometimes by living in a car for months.

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I immerse myself in the countries and cultures I visit – I talk to the locals, not only to learn where I can find awesome street food or to ask for a local recipe – but most importantly, to learn from them and apply some lessons learnt to my own life. Their tales about Womanhood, Love, Travel, Spirituality & Yoga are the most fascinating aspect of travelling for me! There is no better feeling in the world, than leaving a place a better person than when you first arrived!

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Isn’t it what they say? You arrive as a traveller and leave as a storyteller?

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I also believe that travelling can give you an excellent chance to help those in need. I donate to charities that I discover on my travels – either by donating directly, booking a massage at a woman-only spa created solely for the purpose of empowering women, buying a drink in a cafe where only blind people work or where people from the streets gain valuable employment skills. I try to give back to every community I visit – sometimes a small act can make a huge difference.

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If you are keen to find out about other Charities I discovered, please click here.

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Travel and Food – the two go hand-in-hand. You haven’t understood a country properly if you haven’t tried their local dishes, right? Apart from eating as many local specialities as I can (be it street food or by finding special cafes and restaurants) I try to collect a local recipe in each place I visit.

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When I’m stationary for a while, I love to be able to cook my favourite dishes in my own kitchen and bring the world to my dining room. I highly recommend trying: Rajasthani Rabodi, Vietnamese Egg Coffee, Mango & Sticky Rice, Lao Larb and Pad Thai.

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I want to encourage you to travel more. Travelling is not as expensive as you might think. Travelling is only as expensive as you want it to be – you can travel on a budget or treat yourself to some luxury – I do both. I usually travel with a budget of about $30 – 50 USD per day (£20 – 35 GBP). Sometimes I even manage $20 USD per day. Other times I splurge and flashpack!

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I also want to make sure that you are prepared, properly geared up and safe. These travel guides will help you find the right tools that you need for a RTW trip or even short-term travel.

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Last, but not least: First Impressions are so important! They can determine our entire experience. Although I think we can always back-track and remind ourselves to be more open-minded when travelling to a new country – otherwise we may miss on the spectacular experiences yet to be had. If you want to get a first glimpse about what it’s like to travel in a particular country, I recommend reading these blog posts about my very first impressions of countries I visited to. If you do have any questions about travelling etc., please contact me! I’m always happy to help!

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If you want to know more about me, click here, to read more about my background. This post will also give you an idea. And by the end of reading both, it will feel like you’ve known me forever!

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Nice to meet you!

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