My name is Carlos in Spain, Thxng di in Thailand and Jing Jok in Cambodia. I'm (still) 28 years old and I'm traveling around the world without time restrictions, feeling every country and every culture. One year ago I was still working in a big company, being just a number, working all the day in front of the computer, not having a real life. I asked myself if I wanted to be a slave of the money all my life and when I reach my retirement look behind and realize that the only thing I've done in my life is to work. I said "NO!". I quit my job and started to travel. No money, no plans, no limits. Life is happier that way.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COUNTRY SO FAR?
For visiting, Serbia, it's a raw jewel still not discovered.
WHAT PLACE IS TOP OF YOUR BUCKET LIST?
WHAT CAN'T YOU TRAVEL WITHOUT?
Generally speaking, my backpack, I need have it behind me to feel comfortable. But more concretely speaking, nothing, I could survive having nothing with me. I could even travel naked. It would be great marketing xDDD
DO YOU PREFER SOLO TRAVEL OR WITH SOMEONE ELSE?
Solo. I meet much more people and decide myself the way. Although sometimes one misses some partner.
WHO IS THE PERSON AT HOME THAT YOU MISS THE MOST?
I cannot choose one! All my family and close friends smile emoticon
WHICH COUNTRY HAS THE MOST FRIENDLIEST PEOPLE?
Mmmmm, every single person is different, not depending on any country, but for giving a cliché to the mass... probably Thailand. Although there are also bad people around the touristic places.
HOW TO TRAVEL ON BUDGET?
Hitchhiking, CouchSurfing/BeWelcoming, Camping, Volunteering
WHO IS THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON YOU'VE MET SO FAR?
Myself. I've met thousands of people on the way, many of them really interesting people, but I'm learning from myself much more than from anybody else. It's my inner trip.
WHAT'S BEEN YOUR SCARIEST MOMENT?
When I realized I was in the middle of a poker scam, not very clear how because I don't even play! Here the story: http://navarradas.com/en/curiosity-killed-the-cat/
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST USEFUL ITEM YOU'VE BOUGHT?
Much to my regret, my phone. The GPS and the communication possibilities are wonderful.
WHAT'S THE BEST PIECE OF TRAVEL ADVICE YOU'VE RECEIVED?
Don't follow the mass, make your own experience.
WHAT'S THE LONGEST YOU'VE BEEN AWAY FROM HOME?
Now, I don't have return time and I've left 9 months ago already.
WHAT'S YOUR DREAM JOB?
Student of everything. I love to learn, so I look for the way to live learning more and more and different things every day.
WHERE WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO LIVE IN THE WORLD?
I don't think I can settle in again but... so far I've felt very well in Denmark and in Berlin. Although I have still a huge world to visit.
NAME THE COUNTRIES YOU HAVE VISITED.
Spain (of course), Portugal, Italy, Vatican, San Marino, France, UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Check Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Serbia (& Kosovo), Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Denmark (& Christiania :P), Sweden, Norway, Turkey, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TRAVEL MEMORY?
When I traveled with my parents and my brother to Portugal, just a bit after the border, and we slept in an old monastery on the top of a mountain. I still remember the wild goats at sunrise from the window, dug in those really thick, ancient walls.
WHAT IS YOUR UNFORGETTABLE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE?
When I walked 6 years ago 200km of the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) in Spain.
WHAT'S THE MOST INTERESTING THING YOU'VE LEARNED?
On news we always listen to and watch how dangerous is everything in other countries, how dangerous is doing things not regulated, how bad is the people and the world. But when one comes there out then realizes that there are much, much more good people in the world than bad people. Bad people are only some few, but they make a lot of noise.
IF YOU WROTE A NOVEL, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?
About my trips.
WHAT TRAVEL SCAMS HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT?
Poker scams (I was even involved although I don't play!), people wanting to take you to tourist offices or making you a very cheap tour telling you that everything is closed, tuk-tuks taking you to bad places and asking for more money to take you out. And of course the most typical of raising the price of things for tourists.
DO YOU CALL YOURSELF A TOURIST OR A TRAVELLER?
Traveler. I get involved with the people, live with locals and how they live. I don't just go to a place to take pictures. Although sometimes I can also be a tourist smile emoticon
STRICT SCHEDULE OR GO WITH THE FLOW?
Go with the flow, no doubts. The freedom feeling is amazing.
WHAT'S BEEN THE BEST STREET FOOD YOU'VE HAD?
Pad Thai in Thailand, Sandwiches in Laos and sweets in Cambodia.
WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING THING YOU'VE DONE?
I crossed from Battambang to Koh Kong (Cambodia) walking and hitchhiking through the Cardamom Mountains. No roads, only tractor paths and 20kg of backpack. It was awful xDD
DO YOU THINK YOU'LL STAY FRIENDS WITH THE PEOPLE YOU'VE MET?
I've met thousands of people already. Most never talk again, but many of them become friends, even very good friends.
WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING ANIMAL YOU'VE SEEN?
Elephants. They're awesome. It's so sad how much they suffer because tourists want to ride them: http://navarradas.com/en/chiang-mai-en/
WHO IS YOUR DREAM TRAVEL COMPANION?
My backpack smile emoticon
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM TRAVELING EXPERIENCE.
I'm looking forward to travel Tibet, Mongolia and Iran.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS?
Crazy, hard-worker, dreamer
WHAT CAN YOU ADVICE TO PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO START TRAVELING?
Don't live the commercialized experience of others, live your own experience: get lost
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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