Hi, my name is Tess – Welcome to my Life!
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’!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Isn’t it what they say? You arrive as a traveller and leave as a storyteller?
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.
If you are keen to find out about other Charities I discovered, please click here.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!