In this interview series called What Inspires….. I aim to share with you what inspires other travellers to get out there and see the world in the hope that it inspires you to do the same.
This week’s What Inspires interview is with one half of the Tripper team, Sandra.
Sandra from Portugal is the fiery aspiring travel writer, who writes most of the content, answers all comments, and juggles a big part of the social media accounts.
The other half of the team is Dhanish from India. He is a grounded UX/UI designer, who takes most of the photographs, makes sure everything looks neat, and is healthily obsessed with the little design details that will make your visit to their blog the most pleasant.
Besides the blog they are combining their love of travel, writing and designing to develop a travel app and creating slow travel related eBooks.
Read on to find out What Inspires Sandra from Tripper.
What or who inspired you to travel and discover the world?
I grew up in Flores Island, one of the nine islands of the Azores in Portugal, and I remember always wondering what was there “across” the Ocean. I believe we all day-dreamed a bit thirty years ago when there was no Internet to connect us to the rest of the world. Then there were the foreigners who stayed on the island for the Summer (and some of them even chose to live there); the German engineer who I thought was the tallest man in the world and who built a house in the middle of the woods (for me it was almost like a fairy tale thing, to have a house in the middle of the woods); the Austrian couple who rode their bicycles everywhere and I remember thinking how cool it was to do that even after you were a grown up; the Italian lady who taught me my first two words in Italian “bambina” and “rosso”, because of my hair color (neither of us spoke each other’s language but we would talk for hours). I was simply fascinated by them, the language, the culture, how they seemed to do things a different way from what I was used to.
It’s funny how things stick to you; to this day the thing I like the most about traveling is observing how people in a different country go about their daily routines, how they meet and greet friends on the street, where they buy their groceries… All the simple little things.
Where was your first overseas trip and was it everything you expected it to be?
Because I lived in a fairly remote island, flights were very expensive. They still are today. Traveling was more of a necessity (a doctor’s appointment, a work trip) than a fun activity, so people wouldn’t book a flight lightly. And those who did were either rich or worked for the airline company and had free trips.
When I was sixteen I visited my brother who was in College in Lisbon; that was my first time in a jet plane! As students we couldn’t afford much traveling around so he took me to Spain because geographically it was easier to reach. The trip wasn’t a big deal but for me just being in a foreign country, with a foreign language and a foreign currency (there was no such thing as the Euro yet) made my day. It sounds kind of silly looking back to that moment now but I felt like I had stepped out of home and my comfort zone and I knew I could make it happen again, whenever I wanted. You simply just have to find a way to go and… go!
What’s one tip you can give to anyone about to head off on their first overseas adventure?
Enjoy every single moment, even the things that may go wrong (as long as it’s not harmful for you of course). Observe as much as you can, learn as much as you can, experience everything around you can (the sights, the smells, the people!). If you can close your eyes ten years from now and still remember the details from that trip you know it was worth it.
Also don’t feel obliged to like something just because it’s labeled as a must-see landmark. Something’s click and something’s don’t. Just make your peace with it and go with the flow.
Best travel experience so far?
I cherish every trip I take with my son. Firstly, because he will soon not want me to tag along (he will be sixteen next year). Secondly, because watching him enjoy every single moment of a trip is bliss. The most recent and happy travel experience has been my trip to India for my marriage.
What’s your biggest source of travel inspiration between trips?
I’m very visual so it always start with a picture: a photograph, a documentary, a pin on Pinterest.
Do you have a favourite quote, travel related or otherwise?
My grandmother used to say that “the only certainty we have in life is death” and I remember thinking how morbid that sounded. Now I understand what she meant and I use it a lot and try to live by it: your whole life is a mystery, you don’t know what is going to happen so just play along.
Connect with Sandra
Check out Sandra and Dhanish’s website, Tripper, to read about their latest travel experiences and keep up-to-date with the release of their app and eBooks. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter for even more great content and travel updates.
Thanks Sandra for sharing your inspiring travel story with us. For a further dose of inspiration, you can look back over all past interviews here.
Over to you!
Who or what, inspires you to travel and discover the world?
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