Good Question. Although I had done some overseas travel with my parents growing up, it all really started in September of 2010. Several months after finishing my Uni degree I received confirmation and that I had an opportunity for an engineering design job in Germany. So, with only two weeks notice I booked a plane ticket, packed my suitcase and was off into this big old world of ours.
Sure, I had plans to see the usual tourist attractions, such as the ever romantic Eiffel tower in Paris and the enchanting country side of Tuscany, Italy – somewhere that is still on my list of must-get-to destinations by the way – but I never had any great desires to be ‘a traveller’.
But over time, something happened…
No, I didn’t quite my job and start travelling full time. I started to make new friends. As luck would have it, they turned out to be some of the most incredible, welcoming and friendly people going around. Many of who I feel privileged to still call my close friends to this day.
Like with all friends, I was invited to local street festivals, town celebrations and the like. It was great – I had friends! Then something truly amazing happened. I was invited to join some guys on a trip to Munich. I couldn’t believe it. I had been to Munich once. It was ok. But this second time was a whole other experience. It was fantastic!
The Adventure begins
Before I knew it I was doing weekend trips on my own, often involving getting lost in other countries. Which by the way, I still feel is one of the best ways to explore new places.
And you know what? I loved it! Ask my friends, any of them. They will tell you, ‘Oh Josh, he always seems to be somewhere’, or ‘I have never known someone to walk so much!’ In truth, I would have extended periods where I would just work, No holidays. No trips. But then out of the blue, I would off visiting 3 countries in just as many weeks.
What else did I discover?
I found I really loved flying. I often book my flights, especially long haul, by the route and airline to try different planes and airports. Travelling almost yearly between Europe and Australia for nearly 8 years, I have tried a few.
I saw more than I ever would just from a tourist book or a ‘Top Ten list’, all because the friends I made are from all over Europe. When I come to visit, they show me the things they know as locals, the things they know to be their own. Not just the tourist hotspots. Ask yourself, when as local knowledge steered you wrong?
It is all about the people in your life
I had some truly inspirational travellers in my life to open my eyes! Several of my closest friends travel more than you would believe and have seen more of this world than you can imagine. No, they are not travel bloggers or work for an airline (admittedly yes, one or two are actual flight attendants. But as travelling is part of their job, I am not counting them for this) – they have 9 to 5 jobs. One is a computer programmer, the other works for a pharmaceuticals company. A friend who is a police detective has an ‘any-hours’ of the day job! These friends of mine, what they all have in common is this:
- They just love travelling
- Experiencing life
- Meeting new people
- Trying new things
- They value the importance of taking time, not making for yourself
These influences had a profound impact on my life.
Somehow in between attending a Polish wedding, celebrating with a German family for Christmas, cooking Pizza and Pasta with an Italian and going to a house party in Holland, and yes, working a full time job, I became an accidental traveller.
Times change but so do you…
These days being based back in Australia, I unfortunately no longer have the European jaunts like I used to. I’m not a full time traveler either. (I’m actually a copywriter – Josh Rose Copywriter) But in my seven and half years abroad I have seen and done some truly incredible and unique things – not only in Europe, but in America and Australia also.
If you have stuck with me up to this point, you must like what you’re reading. So stick with me a little longer as I share some of my favourite destinations, experiences, essential travel tips and ‘local’ Knowledge to help make your next holiday a truly unforgettable experience. And don’t worry. There’ll be plenty of new adventures to come! I am not done travelling quite yet 😉
Always remember, many of greatest things in this word have happened by accident…
All the best and safe travels,