Alex is an enthusiastic student studying Landscape Architecture in the UK. He's into just about anything related to the outdoors and his number one goal in this world is to live a simple life connected to nature and connected to a loving community around him. You can connect with Alex on GAFFL.
What Inspired Me To Start Traveling And Why I Continue To Do It
For a student with no consistent income, long-distance travelling can seem like an impossible prospect, however, there are ways to overcome it. In the three years, I have been at university in the UK I have visited China, Lebanon, and Vietnam for free! The trick is to make the most out of travel grants, external funding, and research, then fit the sightseeing in when you can. There are so many fantastic opportunities out there for those people who are willing to send a few emails and put the effort into filling in an online application or two.
Thanks to my adventures during university, I have noticed that experiencing the world is the best way to learn. In my opinion, there is no book, lecture or exam that can rival the experience of seeing a place, object or person in real life. There isn’t one single event or thing which made me realize this. I travel because I want to see the world, I want to explore, I want to escape the everyday working life.
As cliche as it sounds, I have made real long term connections whilst travelling. A great example of this can be drawn from my time in Beijing back in 2018. After only two days I got to know a handful of people from the hostel, and we become real friends who are still in touch today. Hostels are great since they commonly offer group tours and sightseeing trips - as a solo traveller this is one of the best ways to connect with people. Travelling is intense, it’s tiring, it’s emotional. I think this and the fact that you all have the same goal is what allows complete strangers to get close so quickly. There are no distractions, it's just you, the place, and the people sharing the memories with you.