by My Exotic Dream
Finally the Dreamers project has started. I know that, when I was back home and dreaming about moving in an exotic location, I was asking everyone who already lived that experience: BUT HOW?! Let’s receive some answers . . .
Now, I am living in Bali, and I have started this blog category in order to share inspirational and practical information from people that have achieved their travel goals and dreams.
This time, we are inspired by a beautiful romanian girl, Desiree, a wonderful explorer and life enthusiast. She volunteered in India, Togo and Jordan, and now she is following her passion writing and experiencing other parts of the world.
Now I never ask for anyone to help me with my heavy bags, cook me dinner, hold my hand on the top of the mountain or wake me up before a flight departs. I only rely on myself. And it’s one amazing experience!
1.What is your name?
2. Which country are you currently living in? How long have you been there?
Romania. Since 3 weeks after 3 and a half months in India.
3. Where are you originally from?
4. What desire initially pushed you to begin a life of travelling?
It was rather a push I had from above 🙂 Recently moved to the capital with a never ending sorrow relationship, I couldn’t get a decent job when one day I received an email from a student organisation internship program calling me to India ( AIESEC). Two weeks later I left my boyfriend, got my passport and a business visa and never looked back.
5. When you first moved abroad, how did you manage (financially and practically) to make the move?
The internship I was doing was offering a basic salary and providing all the meals and transportation. The 200 dollars pay cheque I was using to pay my rent and travel low cost around Rajasthan, the region where I was living at the time.
6. What was your occupation when you first moved (or started travelling) to a new destination? How were you earning your living? Did your occupation involved travelling?
After the first internship ended, I came back to Romania hungry for more. I searched for more opportunities to work abroad, got a new internship in India and was on my way. After that I did some volunteering (EVS – European Voluntary Service)in Jordan and Togo, where all the expenses were covered. Since 2013 I became a freelancer, writing content and doing projects to pay my way around the world, my world being in South East Asia. The trip in Cuba last year was a hello you’re 30 birthday gift so in that way I’m lucky to be loved by people who share my passion of travelling.
I also did a crowd funding campaign to sponsor my travelling book which will be out on shelves by May this year. That paid for more than 3 months on the road in India.
7. What is your current occupation?
8. Can you tell us a basic budget that you need for a month of accommodation, food and transportation at your current location?
If you speak a word of Romanian you can read all about it Here
India used to be a nice budget option for the independent traveller but as economy is boosting year by year it’s started to rapidly grow so you might be a bit surprised to find european price standards for travel related services, such as adventure tours, high end resorts, spas or spiritual enclaves.
I try to keep my expenses as low as possible so I can spend more time in one place. On an average basis my last trip to India was costing around 700 euros/month.
9. Did you make any mistakes when you first moved abroad? If so, what would you do differently?
Plenty! But one thing I regret is that I started out travelling with companions. And that narrowed my vision about the place, made me comfortable, lazy and less curious. If you want to travel the world, your way, there is just one option: GO ALONE. The benefits are mind-blowing. You depend on no one, you make your own schedule, take risks or let go as your heart desires. I would never been able to take a 10 day meditation course, which included total separation from the outer world and complete silence if I was travelling with a partner. It made me self-reliable, stronger as I overcame obstacles as a solo female traveler in India, and of course it has made me more confident. Now I never ask for anyone to help me with my heavy bags, cook me dinner, hold my hand on the top of the mountain or wake me up before a flight departs. I only rely on myself. And it’s one amazing experience!
10. What is the best advice you can give to other dreamers who want to move (or to travel) to an exotic place?
Start now. Today will become yesterday and tomorrow does not yet exist. Your future self will thank you next year this day.
Thank you, Dreamer
You can read Desire’s stories on her blog, but only if you are Romanian 🙂
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