Τετάρτη, 5 Ιανουαρίου 2011

What kind of travelling?

Searching the many ways and possibilities of travelling and making money out of it, I tried my luck at a travel agency. Besides, I have always been very brave. When I want to do something I go and do it no matter how absurd it might seem. When I was in my teens I went to the National Gallery in Athens and asked to talk to the head of the National Gallery. I didn't meet her then, but after a couple of months I was working voluntarily inside the National Gallery.

Another time, I wrote a letter to a famous greek writer withought any information about me exept my address and he liked my letter so much, he searched for my phone number, contacted me and invited me to his home.

All my life I have been doing things like that. Diving into the unknown... It didn't always get me results, but at least I tried.

The visit to the travel agency was a funny and very revealing experience. It taught me never to set foot in one of these esptablishments ever again!

Well, maybe my approach was not very appropriate either, but... I thought I give it a try. To make long story short, I told them I don't have any experience except my own travelling and I would like to escort groups abroad. I told them I was even willing to do it voluntarily or even pay for my first trip - even though I'm penniless at the moment. The reaction I got was a lady making fun of me and "goofing" instead of "woofing", the voluntary programs abroad... I was very patient and trying to explain myself, until I thought it was worthless trying to convince her.

Do I want to work in an environment like this?

Woofing in farms has given me the best experiences I ever had in my life!

Besides, what kind of traveller do I want to be and what kind of trafelling am I going to support and give my energy to? Tourism is a business. Tourists sheldomly get to know the real country they are visiting. And I'm the kind of person who likes to help other people. I'd rather get to Tanzania for example and help some people for free than go to Tanzania just to spend my money. Of course both ways are ok, and both ways help the country in some way or another. But my way is the first way.

I want to help people. I want to know them. I want them to be my friends at the end.

I think I'll stay out of the tourist business for now!

1 σχόλιο:

  1. Είμαι σίγουρος ότι θα βρεις τον δρόμο σου.Θαυμάζω το ότι πέφτεις στο άγνωστο με αυτό τον τρόπο.Θέλει αρκετό θάρρος.Καλημέρες

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