In the last years, my biggest doubts concerned my future, what am I going to do next exactly?? Because even if I am 21, nowadays society wants us to be excellences as soon as possible. To be honest, I haven’t found my talent yet, but I take the view that if you don’t try, you’ll never know. This is the reason why I’m investing my resources and efforts in different fields, always trying something new in order to find the field that suits me. Moving away from our comfort zones, meeting challenges and changing scenery give us more answers than we think. This happened last summer and this turned my idea about blogging.
Even if I’m in photography since I’m young, just at the end of 2017 I decided to open a serious portfolio to use it for personal and professional purposes, but I’ve been skeptical about the idea of a blog for such a long time. I mean, there are thousands of them opening and closing every day. It requires time and maybe right now I don’t have enough of it, considering that I’m also planning to graduate this summer.
Anyway, during my last Erasmus+ Placement experience in one of the best hostel in Lisbon last summer, my tasks at the reception enlightened me about what makes me really happy: helping people by giving advice about the city. Even if it appears to be really easy, how many people are able to give proper suggestions about their native town?
My schedule at the hostel allowed me to have a lot of free time, which I spent mostly discovering Lisbon and traveling around Portugal, sometimes in company with locals. I was trying to find hidden places, unusual bars and restaurants, the center of the best nightlife and cool experiences for real adventurers. My aim was to find the best at the lowest cost.
Therefore, every time that tourists were coming to the reception asking for a good place for dinner or the best way to see Lisbon in 1-2 days, the other guys were just giving me the floor and I was so delighted to open the map and with my tips create a small guide about what to do, to see and to eat.
The biggest satisfaction was meeting those people once again at the end of their journey and see their smiling faces and feel so proud of my work. Because, let’s be honest, people working in hostels are always trying to address tourists towards their business partners and sometimes, for laziness, they guide them to the overcrowded center to find nice typical bars and restaurants. Really?!
I don’t know If I was so thrilled about giving tips and being so informed about Lisbon in general because I was a sort of traveler as well, or just because I never found the same help during my trips.
After this experience, when I came back home, I received different emails from people who were asking about Lisbon and other destinations in Portugal. I was excited while answering to all of them and one day I just asked myself, why don’t I open a blog section where I can share some tips and funny travel adventures?
Besides, I’d like to dispel the myth that traveling requires a lot of time and money.
B U L L S H I T S
I’m studying, I’m working, but this never stops me from escaping for a while somewhere else. Living in a hostel or staying at someone’s place, sharing meals, these are just some of the possible solutions to save money. Can students travel more than once a year? Damn, yes!
Just yesterday I found a post about how to travel 15 cities in Europe in one month for less than 300 euros. Check it out here.
Last but not least, I’d like to inspire people, exactly how other travelers inspired me and continue to do so every day.
Want to discover more? Stay tuned for my first travel post. Guess what it will about:)