What motivates me to spend hours and hours on writing about my travel experiences?
When I tell people that I write a blog, many think that I do it on a commercial base. No guys, I don’t get paid for it. I simply enjoy writing about my travel experiences and it makes me happy when I can share it with you. 🙂
First of all I write this blog for myself to remember all my travel stories in detail! Then, to share my adventures with my family, friends and the world.
Each time when I came back home from a travel, I firstly realized on what an amazing adventure it had actually taken me: Many exciting, spontaneous and funny things weirdly happen to me on my trips. Read about my Crazy Travel Stories.
So many travel tales, that I simply CANNOT REMEMBER ALL OF THEM in some year. Sadly enough, I noticed how fast my memories fade, especially small, but meaningful little details. More things come up and I feel like forgetting things! Do you know that feeling? This really annoys me!
Then, I often didn’t know where to start with my travel stories when my friends and family wrote me during my trip.
So, I also posted pictures on Facebook or sent those to them. But one day I realized: My pictures actually tell whole exciting travel stories, but my friends only see random “tourist shots”. They can’t see the whole story behind each picture to understand that I AM MORE A TRAVELER THAN A TOURIST.
In addition, I feel like I am annoying my friends with my thousands of pictures.
Therefore, I decided not only to put my pictures and some sentences together in a Blog for those who are really interested in my travels, but also to consider it as my Personal Travel Diary.
A travel diary that helps me to remember all my adventures and the amazing people who I had encountered during my travels when I, one day old wise man sitting in the wheelchair, tell my grandchildren about my biggest adventures of my life in half of a century! 😀
I couldn’t read my own chaotic handwritten diary and a dream of mine was always to create my own travel blog!
Before I kept a handwritten diary. One day I opened it to read about some of my travels, but I had difficulties to decode my own hieroglyphs. Believe me, neither had I always understood what I actually wrote down. 😀
I noticed how messy it was and I had to change something! As it was too late to improve my handwriting (or I was too lazy), I came to the conclusion to write my memories down with a laptop (when possible). It is definitely a more comfortable way for me to take notes, since then I do not abuse any beautiful diary page anymore! Haha.
While travelling I discovered my passion for writing about my adventures. I always dreamed about having my own website to share all my travel experiences with the world, but I didn’t find the right time to do that because I was a more or less busy student.
Then, during my Erasmus-semester in France in 2016, that I considered more than as “a year of reflection”, I made the decision finally to fulfill my dream: In April I bought a domain, invested a lot of time in figuring out how to create a website and so voilá, I can proudly present you my travel blog today: Viet On a Weird Trip. 😛 Isn’t that cool to have your own website? So cooooooooool ! 😀
At the beginning I had burnt myself out as I translated the texts in French that had cost me much, muuuuuuuch time! So, I stopped it and the Language “switcher” above disappeared. I already have to struggle with my “school” English, but this motives me at the same time to keep blogging: Writing helps improving my language skills. At this point, many thanks and a big hug to my English speaking friends who I often ask for help. 🙂
Creative self-expression and life project.
I love travelling and found out for myself during my trips: It is more than a travel. Travelling is a kind of pilgrimage for me that makes me grow personally! So, I consider the travel more as “a school of life”. Thus, I write down all my sometimes more and sometimes less GREAT LIFE DISCOVERIES or PERSONAL EXPERIENCES in this blog!
One loves to dance, to do sports, the other plays music – Everyone has its own way to express his inner world. For me, it is to write a blog that is one of my forms of creative self-expression, besides playing music. After having experienced many things on my travels I feel an inner desire like to give back something, to create something or to form something on my own. I think, if you get much input, you need a sort of output to process all those new impressions and experiences.
Coming back from a country I feel how something inside me has changed. I come back to my little home city, all still the same, but I feel strange. Strange, because my travel has changed my eyes with which I see the world. Hard to explain, I have the urge to write down my inner world, and to share it with “Wanderer” who feel the same.
Within a certain time I read my own articles again to find out in which way I have changed. It is absolutely exciting to see what you had thought before a travel and what you think NOW!
My last reason:
I want to encourage people to travel more and better than ever. When experiencing a place in an authentic way you not only truly explore the real world outside, but also your world within. For this, you don’t always need a lot of money to travel! Hence,I give you some
Then, my travel stories show how wrong we sometimes are towards certain cultures.
Inspiring people, giving advice and sharing my personal experiences is what I do to encourage people to travel more and independently, for example to make more contact with locals, briefly: to get more of a travel. There is much more than just staying in a hotel and to have an organized tour. What about doing your own adventurous trip on which you not only learn about the country, but also a lot about yourself?
I think in our fast changing world, controlled by mass consumption and capitalism, travelling has lost its true meaning. Tourists spent too much money without having seen anything. With my articles I want to make the people think about it and show alternatives how to make a travel more exciting and life-enriching.
Finally, I wish somehow that I can make a small contribution to a better world in which all people are finally treated the same regardless their origin, appearance and religion. 🙂