Hi! My name is Abril, I’m 21 years old and I started traveling as a backpacker when I was 18. Here’s my story…
Since I was little, I’ve always wanted to travel the world, never wondered how, I just wanted to do it, to get into it. As most of us, living in this human-society-being, I grew up and started to feel a little bit pushed by a social normative. So when I finished school, I started university and had the chance to get a good 9 to 5 paid job. I had to convince myself that it was enough, and it worked out perfectly for the first year.
The only way I had to get to know the world was during vacations. Just two weeks per year to enjoy life.
It was during last year, while spending vacation in the North of Argentina, that I met an Ukrainian girl who was traveling all along South America. I asked her how she was doing it and that is exactly how I was introduced to Worldpackers.
In that moment, the entire free spirit thing called wanderlust came back to my subconscious. I noticed that deep down I still wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself, my university and my not-at-all loving job.
So when my holiday period ended I came back to my workplace and right away asked my boss for a meeting. I told him that I was leaving the company in six months later. To my surprise, he wasn’t shocked at all. He told me that he knew that it’d happen eventually if I ever started traveling that way. He knew that that wasn’t the life I wanted.
In fact, when everyone around me was told that I was traveling for a long-undefined-period of time there was no shock at all. By conclusion, the only one who was denying my will to travel was inner self. I was the only one who was pushing me into a life that I didn’t want to live.
The place I chose first was Brazil. Since I knew some of the places thanks to traveling as a child with my mom (who really loves this country), it felt like a really good opportunity to get to really know this huge beautiful monster.
Once the place to start was chosen, next step was to send applications to hostels on Worldpackers’ platform. The entire selection path was fun and really easy, although I did feel anxious when a hostel didn’t reply back and my application was cancelled. But that is just one thing that you have to learn how to deal with and keep on going.
Finally a hostel and I matched. Hearts everywhere. ❤
Pura Vida Hostel, in Rio de Janeiro, was my first worldpacker experience, and it definitely couldn’t have been better. Bartending and reception activities were my daily tasks, and three or four days after my arrival, I felt that I was a part of the Pura Vida Hostel family.
People there were great and super comprehensive. When you are traveling, there aren’t lots of chances to have bad experiences with people, cause everyone is –most of the times– desperate to help. That is the Worldpackers way to travel and I simply love it.
To be honest, by now, I don’t feel like coming back to non-worldpacker traveling life. I know that I will be traveling until this March as volunteer, since in Argentina classes start at this time, and I’m really in love with the profession that I’ve chose to follow.
I’m still not sure of the specific impact that this trip will have in my life, I’m sure that I’m definitely not the same as before, I’m not afraid of risks, or getting closer to who I am. I’m not afraid of traveling alone, you’re never alone if you don’t want to be. There is always someone to have a deep conversation or a laugh.
Alexander Supertramp wrote once “Happiness is only real when shared” and I truly respect and share that same point of view. Living is about sharing, sharing brings knowledge and good vibes. I know now that I want to live like this. With this perspective of things, of life. This trip changed me, I feel fearless now.
If there is any advise I could give to someone that isn’t sure about traveling, well, trust me just on this one. I know it might seem hard at first, but once you take the decision to leave behind a life you dislike, or that isn’t fulfilling you at all, trying to find your true self is the easiest thing on Earth.