Traveling is my drug. I’ve traveled to something like 32 different countries and 179 different cities so far and each one of them has given me unforgettable memories. I Love every aspect of a journey, from packing my suitcase to boarding a flight, jumping on a train, sailing on a boat and exploring landscapes, facing new cultures and meeting new people with amazing stories.
Flying is my favorite way of traveling and I feel excited every time I have to catch a plane. I always aim for a window seat and glue my face to the porthole to enjoy takeoff and landing as much as possible. I adore observing the earth from the skies, it reminds me to always look at things from a different perspective, everything looks so much smaller from the above, even obstacles.
I’ve never lost my excitement about flying and here’s a funny story for you. Once, I was flying from Milan to Paris for work. It’s a short flight but even on that distance, I made sure I could get my window seat. As soon as I boarded the plane and reached my seat I found it occupied by a 5 years old kid, his mom sitting next to him. I looked at the mom and told her “Excuse me, I have the seat 11F” she looked at me and said “Oh yes sure. You know, my son would like to stay by the window, it’s his first time on a flight, do you mind switching your seat with his?” There has been an awkward silence for a moment. I was thinking “You gotta be kidding me. I ALWAYS sit by the window! I’m a kid too when it comes to flying, and I always get excited like it’s my first time !!” Then I looked at the kid and he gave me a big smile. I saw myself in his eyes, so I looked at the mom again and told her: “Sure, No problem but do you mind if I stay in the middle seat next to your kid? You know, when I look outside of that window I feel I’m 5 years old too!”. Well, it ended up with me and the kid becoming best friends and looking out of the window together, commenting on the things we were seeing and challenging each other to find shapes in the clouds. So watch out, if we ever cross paths on a plane, don’t mess around with my window seat 😉
My dad had an import-export company and would travel a lot for work. He had a wall-size map of the world in his office where he’d put a red pin on every place he had traveled to. The 5 continents had been covered from North to South and from East to West. As a 5 years old I remember telling him “One day I will beat your record!”. Well, I haven’t yet but I’m working on it!
As a kid, I’d see my Dad every other weekend when he wasn’t traveling and spend a month with him during summer break (this lasted until I was 8). I had the best holidays with him. He made me discover a lot of exciting countries and cities: Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bali, Canada, and the USA. He had clients in all of these countries so most of the trips were for work but he’d always make time for me so we could have fun. While he’d talk business with his clients, I’d play with their kids. I believe that is the reason why I’ve developed an open mind and learned to embrace different cultures ever since the early stages of my life. Those kids had physical features different than mine and would speak different languages but we’d get along very well and would communicate in our own way. I’m always in wonder when I see kids playing and I’m fond of the ability they have to develop their own secret codes of communication.
I’ve always been curious like a little monkey, I have explored all kinds of religions, races, colors, beliefs and I’ve always been amazed by the incredible variety humanity is made of. When I think of all the beautiful people I met along my path and about the stories they shared with me, I feel lucky. They made me understand there are no boundaries in the world unless we choose to set them in our mind.
During my journeys, I’ve experienced all kinds of contexts: from the most luxurious hotels to dining with Asian Princesses to sleeping in a hammock in the middle of the Amazon Forest, to getting hosted by a family in a small village made of earth in the middle of nowhere in India. I have encountered the beauty and the darkness of this world and they both broadened my lifestyle views making me appreciate even more where I come from and what I have. Watching people dying in the streets made me understand how lucky I am to have a roof over my head and food on my table every day, and experiencing a luxury lifestyle opened my mind towards a life of abundance and possibilities.
I believe that traveling connects us with a higher truth. Every type of journey is in the first place a journey out of our comfort zone. Getting in touch with new cultures and seeing things I had never imagined would exist, made question what I think I know, to the point that I’ve realized that there’s no right or wrong or good or bad. Everything is real, as much as everything is an illusion or a projection of my mind. I started digging deeper into myself and focusing on my inner thoughts, habits, and reactions to life. My inner chat quieted down and I tuned in with a higher wisdom. I started seeing the world again through the eyes of a child: a place of endless opportunities and infinite beauty. When I reach that power the ultimate feeling is Peace and with that in my Heart, I know everything is possible.
“We don’t remember days, we remember moments”
– Cesare Pavese –
‘Til the next one!