In the end, it’s all about the people we met. Wherever we end up we recall our crazy days, endless nights and journeys to new frontiers, literally and metaphorically. We might know each other for ages or we met by chance, but now we are friends for life.
And it has been going on for ages.
We pack our backpacks and in this constant motion we respond to, our wings spread. By leaving the well known world, magical gates with the sign „Wanderlust“ appear. Behind them is a parallel world where life is lived in a different, more rapid and more intense way. We can’t see it until we become part of it though the doors were always slightly open.
While at home we were slow and kind of passive, the Road dares us. It provokes us.
Road dares us
Finally, driven by curiosity we follow our bliss. We crave for new experiences. We become searchers. Rebel children. Lovers. The thrill of unexpected feeds our soul and after the first taste of freedom, we become unstoppable.
If you keep searching
For everything beautiful
in this world
You will eventually
– Tyler Kent White
With having the world for a teacher we no longer allow someone to mess with us. And we surely don’t need others to fix us. In the mission of achieving happiness we realized that we’ve found a perfect home. It’s in our own skin.
Departing alone or not, we are lonely only if we choose to be. The world is full of warm shelters where dreamers like us rest.
“Let the darkness find you if it must. Throw off the quick and tempting escapes, and seek help only from those who would teach you to grow, feed your soul, embrace your heart, but would not steal away your journey.”
– Jennifer DeLucy
Road changes us
Whether we return home or go somewhere new, we are changed. Unknowingly the world transforms us. Those who weren’t there, cannot know. Those who were… They smile now. Endless hours on night buses. Running through rice fields. Haggling. Constantly walking, being sweaty, under stress and confused. Where is my wallet? Did I take everything? How much? How much? What the hell am I doing?
But in these moments we grow. We forget about it as soon as we breath in the air of the country that was once just a name on a map. We erase it when another fellow traveler welcomes us with a warm smile that says – Don’t tell me, I know everything.
So when no one sees us, we place hand on our heart. Is it beating? Yes. It is witness to everything we’ve been through. „I can hear you“ – heart whispers. Heart believes us. It knows how much we’ve lived.
Who are we?
THE BACKPACKERS. THE REBELS. NOMADIC SOULS. TOURISTS.TRAVELERS AND HAPPINESS SEEKERS.
“What you’ll discover will be wonderful.
What you’ll discover is yourself”.
– Alan Alda
This story is for all of us still out there. Whether we travel for personal fulfillment, for love or to start from scratch, it ain’t easy but let’s keep on „rolling under the stars“… (J.Kerouac)
Photos by JGF (Joaquin Gonzalez Producciones)