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Honest travel stories
What does that mean? There are many, many blogs about travelling. They all have their own approach, in order to distinguish themselves, be creative and to make a difference. Mine is that I will bring you honest travel stories. There are many blogs that make the world seem like one big paradise. And in a certain way it is, there are endlessly beautiful places, and great adventures to be lived. 😀
But I think it is important to remain realistic about what it is really like to travel. That it is not just one big party. That you are sometimes stuck with infections or diseases. That it can be lonely and estranging at times. That going to developing countries doesn´t just mean smiling school kids. That poverty isn´t there merely to help me reflect on my privileged life. That flying airplanes kinda destroys the planet and enlarges your eco-footprint ridiculously. But it also means that simply a smiling face after travelling with heavy backpacks through the rain or over bumpy roads can make your day. That just a fantastic view on top of a mountain alone can make you forget everything.
As you will see as I am growing, not only as a traveller but also as a writer, I will become more critical and more honest in the stories I tell. Does critical equal negative? Not at all! I am usually super enthusiastic in the stories I write. It simply means I will try to reflect a bit more in the stories on what my experiences mean, and not only show the positive experiences. It also means I will give a bit more background to what I do and to the local culture.
It means as well that I don’t use pictures of children, unless with specific permission or when they were in public performances, etc. Travelling, volunteering, working in developing countries (which is one of the things I do) can be a great experience for personal growth. However, it is always difficult to assess what to show on social media and what not, trying to honestly reflect a situation without exoticizing poverty or making people (children especially) tokens for your self-glorification.
So, then who am I? 🙂
My name is Suzanne, I am a Dutch girl in the beginning of her twenties starting her journey to explore the world (to see where I’ve been so far, click here). I have a weak spot for dancing and supposedly my laugh sounds like a guinnea pig. Aside from all the fun stuff I am pretty serious about issues such as human rights, climate change and more (as you may have guessed from the above). The typical I’m-a-vegetarian-and-I-only-buy-fairtrade kinda hipster idealist. I am now in my fourth year of my studies Global Project and Change Management. The good part about the study: I get to travel. A lot. On top of that, I get to do meaningful projects, that (hopefully) impact livelihoods locally. About that you can read throughout the different posts.
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