Marcin is a 28 years old, From Poland. His a travel blogger. Exploring southeast asian and Europe for 6 months. He is now living and working in China.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COUNTRY SO FAR?
I've been traveling around Southeast Asia for 6 months, I'd say my favorite countries are Thailand and Indonesia.
WHAT PLACE IS TOP OF YOUR BUCKET LIST?
For now - all countries in Southeast Asia - first in line are Vietnam and Philippines.
WHAT CAN'T YOU TRAVEL WITHOUT?
I'd say, there is no such thing, but as I walk a lot during my travel, comfortable shoes are a must!
DO YOU PREFER SOLO TRAVEL OR WITH SOMEONE ELSE?
It's hard to say. I like to travel alone, but sometimes it's good to have a companion. On the other hand, wherever you go, you meet new people, so you are never alone, if you don't want to be. Answering your question - I think, I prefer to solo travel.
WHO IS THE PERSON AT HOME THAT YOU MISS THE MOST?
Family and friends.
WHICH COUNTRY HAS THE MOST FRIENDLIEST PEOPLE?
I might have had luck, but wherever I go, I meet friendly and helpful people. If I had to pick just one country, I'd say Indonesia.
WHO IS THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON YOU'VE MET SO FAR?
I've met a lot of interesting people; a guy, who bought a lot of Bitcoins to buy drugs, but he was lucky and did it right before Bitcoin boom and selling them at the peak, so now he is millionaire living a dream; a guitarist of a metal band singing about the rights of the animals; a retired guitarist who used to play with Ozzy Osborne and few other popular artists; a freelancer-copywriter who is traveling around the world for over 10 years; and many more interesting people. I believe, that every person we meet in our life is interesting on it's own way.
WHAT'S BEEN YOUR SCARIEST MOMENT?
Scariest moment was while we were climbing/hiking Merapi Mount (active volcano) in Indonesia at night. The last part of it was really dangerous, sometimes big rocks were falling down next to us, but lucky everyone survived it. After we did it, I found out it's forbidden to climb it, as it is too dangerous during this season.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT?
In Indonesia, there are many places where you have to eat with your hands, my most embarrassing moment was when I went to this type of restaurant for the first time. When we finished eating my hands were all dirty from fingers to elbows ...
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST USEFUL ITEM YOU'VE BROUGHT?
Smart phone is really useful, though I was traveling without it for first months of my journey and I was more than OK without it.
WHAT'S THE BEST PIECE OF TRAVEL ADVICE YOU'VE RECEIVED?
This advice sounded like more or less like this: "if you want to travel, but you don't have the money just sell your fridge and go!". It's a metaphor, but the point is, that we should just stop finding excuses and start realizing our travel dreams, as we are the only ones who can make them happen.
WHAT'S THE LONGEST YOU'VE BEEN AWAY FROM HOME?
I've been traveling around Southeast Asia for 6 months now.
WHAT'S YOUR DREAM JOB?
It can hardly be called a job, but I would like to be a rentier. I would also like to have a small guesthouse or surfing rent shop on a paradise island.
WHERE WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO LIVE IN THE WORLD?
It's a difficult question, but I would like to live on some paradise island somewhere in Southeast Asia, where it's warm all year.
NAME THE COUNTRIES YOU HAVE VISITED.
Poland, Germany, Austria, Czech, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, France, Netherlands, Greece, Tunisia, Turkey, Belgium, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, China, Hongkong.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TRAVEL MEMORY?
I'd say my favorite childhood travel memory was a family trip to the biggest theme parks in Europe. It was a great fun for me, my brothers and cousins to ride on all those roller coasters and visit several foreign countries.
WHAT'S THE MOST INTERESTING THING YOU'VE LEARNED?
Most interesting, or rather most useful thing I learned was being always positive and smile. Honest smile opens peoples' hearts.
IF YOU WROTE A NOVEL, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?
It would be a novel based on my adventures and travels, novel about making dreams come true.
WHAT TRAVEL SCAMS HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT?
Tuk-tuk drivers in Thailand - they might try to rip you off. Taxi drivers in Thailand - they might not turn on taximeter.
Tuk-tuk drivers in Cambodia - you have to bargain to get a good price, usually you can beat down the price by 50%.
Scam on the way from Thailand to Cambodia - bus stops few kilometers before the border and you can make visa to Cambodia there, but this visa cost 10$ more than on the border.
There are many more scams, but it's too long list to write it here.
WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING THING YOU'VE DONE?
I would say the most challenging thing was starting this journey and leaving my family and friends behind. I was dreaming to travel Southeast Asia for a long time, but I always found some excuses, why I shouldn't go. Finally I've decided that no more excuses - I'm going, so here I am. The most difficult was the first step, as soon as I landed in Thailand everything was easy.
DO YOU THINK YOU'LL STAY FRIENDS WITH THE PEOPLE YOU'VE MET?
Yes, maybe not with all of them, but I believe I'll keep in touch with most of them.
WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING ANIMAL YOU'VE SEEN?
Glowing plankton in Cambodia, when you get into the water at night and move it sparkles all around you like stars.
WHO IS YOUR DREAM TRAVEL COMPANION?
Dream travel companion would be the girl of my dreams, but unfortunately I didn't meet her yet, but hopefully some day ...
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM TRAVELING EXPERIENCE.
Travel around the world, try surfing, diving with sharks. I would also like to write a book about my travels. For now I'm learning how to write on my blog: http://www.thousandmilesjourney.com/
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS?
Happy, Optimistic, Introvert
WHAT CAN YOU ADVICE TO PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO START TRAVELING?
If you plan a long travel, make sure to get all recommended vaccines and travel insurance - those are the most important things. Read about scams in a country, before you visit it. And the most important: All journeys start with a first step, so just do the first step and enjoy your travel!
TRAVELING brings us love, joy, it changes our beliefs and perceptions in life. It can make us better and stronger people. Through TRAVELING we learn to love, to forgive. to broaden our horizons. The best part of TRAVELING is to meet people along the way with whom we share stories, with whom we become friends, for that moment and possibly forever.
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