Why I Started Traveling The World

Pic_SofiaBeing brought up in a family that traveled quite a bit, my passion for traveling the world came early in life.

My parents had one of those Educational World Globes which you could spin, and as a kid I used to play a game where I would spin the globe, close my eyes and point with a finger to see where it ended up on the map when the globe stopped spinning.

I would play this game for hours, dreaming of traveling to faraway places and exploring new countries and cultures.

It was my one and only dream to travel the world, something I was determined to do as soon as I graduated high school.

A year before I graduated I met Nathan – he was from New Zealand but was studying in Sweden – when he showed me pictures of New Zealand, I couldn’t believe my eyes, and insisted that the pictures were “fake and photoshopped”.

He insisted that they were real but I refused believe him until I had seen it for myself …

Catching The Travel Bug

6 months later, we left together to travel the world, starting with a flight from Sweden to New Zealand.

With only $6,000 each and no plans or guide books, we managed to stay on the road for 8 months before we ran out of money – and loved every moment of it.

While I had always liked to travel, it was during this trip that I caught the “travel bug”.

Only a few months after we came back from our first trip around the world we were itching to leave again, and when winter came around we decided to spend a ski season in the Swiss Alps – once again with no money, no job and no plans whatsoever, but we somehow made it work.

Since that day, we haven’t really stopped traveling – today we have explored over 48 countries together and aren’t tired of it yet – quite the opposite, the more we travel the more places we realize we haven’t seen!

Why I Love Traveling

It might seem a little crazy to leave and travel the world on such a small budget and no plans, but putting ourselves in that situation forced us to grow and become more independent.

The most important thing I have learned from traveling the world this way is to believe in myself and trust that things will always work out, no matter how difficult the situation may seem.

I have learned more about life, people and different cultures from traveling than I could ever have imagined, and have had some truly amazing experiences.

Article1-2Traveling has changed me in so many ways, especially in the way I view the world today – it has made me more open-minded and inspired by cultures and traditions from all over the world.

Traveling takes me out of my comfort zone and forces me to do things I otherwise wouldn’t, it brings opportunities and experiences that money can’t buy, and there is something about it that makes me feel alive.

When you travel you become like a sponge: soaking up everything in your surroundings, taking in the beautiful scenery, people and atmosphere with the curiosity of a little child.

It’s the mixture of that and all the new experiences, smells and beautiful sights that are the reasons why after 5 years I am still addicted to traveling.



Sofia von Porat runs the travel blog AsWeTravel, which is sharing travel tips, videos, guides and inspiration from around the world - she also runs EuropeTravelr a blog focused purely on European travel.

1 Comment

  1. Jess - May 27, 2013

    You mentioned you left with no job planned but did you end up doing any small labor or odd jobs to earn travel money while on the road? I am envious of your travels 🙂

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