The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. Being willing to take risks is the very first one. I never thought a click in a computer could have such an impact if my life, until the day I bought a one way ticket to the Philippines.
I was born in Madrid and like most of spaniards who move to UK on their twenties, I wanted to learn the language and experience living abroad. I was meant to stay in the city for six months, but I ended up living there more than six years.
A part of me always knew London wasn´t my place to settle, but I got carried away with promotions and relationships. Eventually I got tired of planning weekends away to visit Madrid, and holidays abroad seeking for the sun and, specially, some peace of mind. I got tired of the buzz of a city in constant movement.
But changes are scary and I always had doubts and wondered: was I really willing to leave London? I couldn´t bare the idea of starting over in another city again, but I also couldn’t cope with the idea of staying any longer. So I found a way in between: a nomadic life backpacking Southeast Asia.
I felt like everyday under that grey sky was a big waste of time, I wanted sunshine, roaming remote places, climbing endless mountains, walking through rainforest and snorkeling between corals.
There is so much going on in this world to spend the rest of our lives working and paying bills. Experience is far more valuable than money. Money comes back, time doesn´t. I was terrified about the idea of waking up one morning to realize the best years of my life are gone and there is no more time to do the things I´ve always wanted to do.
So I decided to get out my comfort zone: quit my job, move out of London and flight to the other side of the world. Seeking wanderlust.
Just me & my backpack is the journey of my 9 months in Southeast Asia, from the Philippines to Indonesia. The trip that changed my life and the way I see the world. Keep reading to discover the magical places I had the chance to explore. Happy Travels!