There are two sides to everything. Good and bad, black and white, light and shadow and a whole lot of different shades of those. Traveling is no exception here. Especially during my year-long journey across Southeast Asia I developed what you could call a differentiated approach to tourism and travel. On the one hand it enables people to have amazing experiences, to broaden their horizon and ideally to learn about other cultures and ways of living. On the other hand, the massive influx of travelers can have a huge impact on traditionally societies. Sometimes even to the extent of total extinction of their culture and customs. But what’s right and what’s wrong, does the one inevitably come with the other and how should we as travelers deal with this? Continue reading
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Bangkok, it’s always been sort of a Love / Hate relationship. And this time it hasn’t been any different. I made it safely to Suvarnabhumi Airport and decided to this time take the train and a connecting bus into the district of Banglamphu. No overpriced taxi this time. At the train station one of these great traveler moments happened. I met Jeroen from Holland (why I always meet friendly Dutch people when abroad is yet another story), who also wanted to go into town but hadn’t booked his guesthouse yet. We talked a lot and got off at the bus terminal. Jeroen decided to come along so we shared a tuk tuk and made it to the always friendly New Siam. So good to start with someone on your side – makes the adaption a lot easier.
Happy New Year to all of you. I hope evryone had a great start into 2013. May it treat us well with lots of luck, success, new friends and lots of interesting experiences. But most importantly, I hope we will all stay fit and healthy – easily forgotten sometimes but so essential. Continue reading
It was looming since quite a while, but because I had been so busy and occupied with preparations, I was able to fade out the unavoidable. My last day of work, saying good bye to my co-workers and ending an important stage of my life.
As the day inevitably approached, I more and more realized that this episode is really going to end soon and that it will be sadder than I originally expected. Looking back at it, those almost 2 years were exciting and instructive but the true difference was made by those awesome people I worked with. Everyone was so kind and friendly right from the start and each one of my colleagues was just great as an individual. The same also goes for my supervisor which is anything but self-evident. We had the self-concept of being a sort of guerilla or special unit within this huge company. This and working in a high pressure environment as we did just forged a really strong bond. But also on a professional basis this episode was very inspiring and ultimately got me to the next level. All this really made this last day a tough one and truly bitter sweet. Continue reading
As mentioned in my first article and in the About page, it wasn’t an easy decision to basically leave everything behind to go travelling. After all I had been working for a while, had established a certain professional expertise and had been offered an extension of my employment contract at a renowned company. I think taking that decision or breaking out in general, not necessarily to go travelling, becomes harder and harder the more you are settled. It just gets harder to change and opt for risk and uncertainty. For a certain degree of security people tend to accept things, that actually don’t make them happy. They just learn to accept and live with them. I can’t exempt myself from this and I am not sure if I would be able to take the same path in a few years from now. Continue reading
As I pointed out in my About-Page, I quit my job in market communications to go travelling Southeast Asia. Although it was a dream which I had for a long time and the situation to take this step was objectively right, I still had a hard time deciding to do it. Looking back at it, coming from a country where status and especially security is a major trait of society, this “struggle” is probably a normal phenomenon.Luckily, I am now very happy with my decision and I am sure, that if I had decided otherwise, I would have badly regretted it at one point in my life. In the end, nothing is worse than missed chances.
If you are in a similar situation, I’d like to give you some inspirational quotes which might be of help. They sure were for me. Check it out … Continue reading