Nieuw Zeeland

Het is inmiddels alweer een tijdje geleden dat ik in Nieuw-Zeeland was, maar de laatste tijd heb ik plots regelmatig levendige herinneringen van mijn reis door Kiwi-land. Ik voel weemoed, heimwee en een onoverwinnelijke blijdschap. Toen was is 22, nu ben ik 27. Ik was blij, onbezonnen (op gebied van liefde :p), alles was fan-tas-tisch! Nu ben ik nog steeds blij en vind ik alles fantastisch, maar ben ik minder onbezonnen. Dacht ik de laatste jaren vaak dat ik niet genoeg genoten heb van de natuur in Kiwi-paradise, zijn dat nu wel de voornaamste herinneringen die naar boven komen. Misschien omdat mijn reizen nu voornamelijk gebaseerd op natuur, en je gaat toch vergelijken met eerdere ervaringen van landen.  Steeds meer mooie plaatsen ontdek ik, en daarom weet ik steeds meer dat het geen PR praatje is dat Nieuw Zeeland echt heel bijzonder is qua natuur. Maar ook qua cultuur. Mensen zijn onwaarschijnlijk vriendelijk en behulpzaam. Zo gelukkig. Je voelt de sfeer door het hele land, waar je ook reist, hoe afgelegen je ook bent.

Een gedeelte van mijn reis was met een gehuurde mini-camper, samen met een vriendin. Een ander gedeelte was met een georganiseerde bustoer. Ook hebben locals me meegenomen naar delen van het land. Alles was even LEUK. Ik ben echt zo benieuwd of het nog steeds hetzelfde zal zijn als ik er weer heen zou gaan. Ik verwacht het wel, dus wil het heel graag..

Costa Rica en Nieuw-Zeeland, daar wil ik naar terug. Verder staat er niet veel op m’n lijstje, ik kijk een beetje wat er op mn pad komt. Maar goed, Nieuw- Zeeland dus. Ik zal binnenkort eens de moed en tijd vatten om aan de documentatie van dit 2-maandelijkse avontuur te beginnen. Ik kijk er naar uit om alles te herbeleven.



Country borders

Why travelling?  Why do people like it so much?  Why all this travel blogs?

I think mankind travels around the world for different reasons.  Nowadays, personal development and self consciousness is getting more and more important.  When you fly to the other side of the world to challenge the discomforts of being away from home,  this should contribute to creating and valuing yourself.  This is one reason to grab a backpack and run around different continents for a year. Another reason is following the trend of the idea to explore yourself.

Let me make myself clear.  We’re social creatures and therefore sensitive to other peoples opinions.  As being ‘ an individual’ with a different lifestyle and values than the ‘mainstream’ is getting more and more popular, parts of society want to follow this statement.  But being an unique person because you think that’s what others will like about you,  doesn’t make sense. Right?

I think with travelling , for a lot of people it’s the same.  The idea of going abroad, diving deep into an different,  unknown world, suits the vision of doing something to explore yourself.  But in reality, the moment  this ambitious good intent young kid arrives in a foreign country, he will embrace himself with the same comfort as back home. Ttravelimagehe Western world is so widely represented abroad,  that – even flying 6000 kms away from home- its hard to experience the refreshment of a total unknown culture and place. In more tourist areas you get blown away by all Western folks, and it’s almost impossible to find a ‘local’ hangout.  In less touristy areas, the few tourists are glueing together in that nice pub of the cool Irish owner.  And the places where hardly any tourist comes?  You don’t want to go there.  It will feel unsafe.

Blogs where young travellers tend to show all their knowledge of the world all contain the same countries with the same highlights mentioned.  Even countries where they’ve only visited the capital are regarded as ‘ have been’. To me it’s fine,  it’s just that I find it a pity that all this good intentions turn out into nothing.  It wouldn’t be bad if human beings really get a bit more worldwise and find out things for themselves.

How am I going to avoid the same trap in probably one of the most tourist places in the world , Thailand?  Well I think even the most tourist cities have a own character and treasures to discover.  As long as you take enough time and be not afraid to take a different route than the group does.

We will see how it works out for me going to Thailand and Malaysia in two weeks time.  At least I’m conscious of the illusion of adventure a popular foreign country can create.

Travelblog Overkill

Until now, I tried to avoid reading other peoples travel blogs. Why? Because I thought finding out about other blogs, would demotivate me to work on my own. I made a good job of avoiding, until I decided it would be nice to find some backpacker tips on travelling through Malaysia (planned februari 2015). My expactations got confirmed: writing about your travel experience isn’t anything special at all….. . There were even more blogs than I would expected it to be! Travelling over the world and visiting as many countries as possible, gets just as ordinary as persuing a great new years eve. Because there are so many blogs in the www-sea, I realise it would even be harder to distinguish myself from others.

How can I be different, if  funny writing and stunning pictures aren’t enough? It just will have to be the content that brings value than. Although everybody tries to capture unique corners of the world, on some places it’s still hard to find good information. For example on Malaysia. Also, everyone looks for different kind of infomation. One will like many pictures or advice on the highlights of a country, anotherone will be satisfied with hints on hidden paradises or some practical information. That’s something I can get my motivation out of; delivering content on places not everyone has been and using my organisational skills to make the info useful without giving everything away. Because if I hate something, it will be getting the idea that there’s nothing left for me to discover, after reading a travel blog.

Well, I will try continue filling my site. I will change some headlines to make more clear what you can find on this blog. If also start thinking about another way to share my ideas and discoveries about life and our surroundings. Although, in the end, I just like to figure out my habitat ánd I like helping others. Along with this, I don’t like pushing my info upon others. If my info is useful, people will find it and follow it. What I do realise, is making money out of a travelblog will be really hard. Not that I really hoped for it in the first place, it’s just another sign to me that there’s an overkill in creative based jobs. Nowadays, everyone ones to follow their passion, instead of just making money. Because the creative market is overfilled, I wonder what might happen with our generation.

And I wonder where I might end up. I find myself in the same dilemma between having to make money, but also want to do some job I like. Well, I keep exploring, writing, feeling and thinking. And I will keep you updated as well 🙂



What’s with Berlin

SisyphosYou should go to Berlin. You have to go there, you have to see it for yourself. If you haven’t been there , you can’t talk about it. You can’t go with the flow. You lose your value, your social state as a true cool person.

Berlin is hot? Although above is true (your ego probably denies, but it is), I wouldn’t say Berlin is hot. Berlin is fascinating.. it’s mysterious, an unknown world. It’s exciting and different. Even a bit scary… And maybe most important of all, you’re not sure if you are allowed to be part of it… that’s why we desperately want to drown ourselves into this world. The undersea area where everybody who has been, can’t stop talk about. And everybody who hasn’t been, lives with a kind of realistic feeling he might be part of it as well. That’s the difference between, for example, Berlin and Ibiza. Being part of the latter isn’t realistic for most of us. We want to, yes, but we can only wish for it. With Berlin it’s different. It seems like everyone has a chance. Everyone can be adapted and enjoy the scene. It even looks like the more random you are, the better your chances are.

According to me, everybody can adapt to Berlins party scene. The only thing you need is an open mind. And be who you are without judging others. The atmosphere is already set by the nice Berlin people. So anyone who goes there, will not find it too difficult to let go of there pre-assumptions. Deeply inside it’s what people want most anyway, not worrying about your appearance, what other people think and what you think of other people. That’s why it works. That’s why people love it. That’s why it will be hard to ruin the vibe by bringing more tourists. The real ‘open minded’ places look so different at first glance, they will scare of the folks who will never let go of there superficial habits. The curious ones , will give it a try and like it so much, they never come back.

It’s why it all works. It’s also why it doesn’t work trying to ‘bring’ Berlin parties to other parts of the world, for example the Netherlands. You can’t simple imprint an atmosphere. You need people for that first. The right intentions and feelings. Which other than joy, are not working.

I love the Berlin feeling. It inspires me, gives me energy to find out what I like most and helps me finding it around me. It’s like a therapie.. a very good, short and fun one. Even one you can combine with some drugs (hihaa)