Travels are the best way to get to know oneself and the world. Everyone, who had a chance to experience a summer adventure, knows that it’s an incredible source of experiences and memories, which we come back to eagerly even after many years. I had an opportunity to travel quite often in the past, and I got to know that visiting different countries gives you an amazing possibility to meet great people, their lifestyles and customs, which were nowhere near the same well presented in the accounts of travellers, I had a chance to read.
What besides the willingness to sightsee a new place is making more and more of us decide on holidays abroad? For sure one of the factors may be a possibility to choose corners of the world, which have a good climate and favourable weather conditions for relax during one’s leisure time. Another reason may be a little rush of adrenaline accompanying every trip. Increasingly, more and more people are deciding to follow their dreams and consequently to pursue their objectives. Can we always afford to do that? Does anyone of you think that travelling only during the summer season is not enough? My today’s interviewees Olga and Krzysiek, who are the authors of a blog – Follow Your Map, have also come to such a conclusion. I hope that this conversation will be a great inspiration for you to plan your next trip, the one which you have been dreaming of for some time.
Passion Piece: Could you tell my readers something about yourselves?
Olga: I’m an eternal student, an employee of a Warsaw corporation, a future post graduate student (at least I hope so). I’m curious about the world, other cultures, local customs and flavours. I’m also a kind of courageous person, who believes that there are no impossible things.
Krzysiek: I’m a student of Geology at the University of Warsaw. I currently work at the Copernicus Science Centre and I spend everything I earn on travelling. I love nature and animals. I can’t resist exploring the unknown, as well as admiring new landscapes.
Passion Piece: What inspired you to set up a blog?
Olga and Krzysiek: Paradoxically – lack of time. We travel quite often (virtually once a month), our family and friends are very curious about our trips. However, due to lack of time, we are not always able to present new photos from our travels to everyone at once. Blog is a kind of condensed form, which is transparent and easily accessible for everyone.
Passion Piece: How travelling has become your way of life?
Olga: I can’t really call it a way of life, because I don’t earn a living in this way. Travelling is a bit of a departure from crowded and always vibrant capital city. It’s also a possibility to satisfy my curiosity of the world.
Krzysiek: While travelling we can have a rest of our monotonous and full of routine daily life: continuous work, learning, as well as hustle and bustle of a big city.
Passion Piece: Which country has made the biggest impression on you? Why?
Olga: Vietnam – definitely! Despite the fact that I had a good knowledge of this country (I wrote my graduate work on this topic), I didn’t manage to avoid culture shock. What surprised me the most? All this hustle and bustle , as well as an enormous number of people in the streets. Scooters driving against the traffic on the pavements. Buses which didn’t have enough space to stop, so we had to get on them at a run, while they were still in motion. And last but not least, communism in its best time (cult of Ho Chi Minh and working together in the interest of the whole nation).
Krzysiek: Vietnam by far. Vietnamese culture is completely different from the European one. Everyday life also totally differs from the one we lead here in Poland. Surprisingly, in spite of the fact that Vietnamese are poor people and they don’t own much, they always smile and are really friendly. However, most importantly, they are very helpful. We could experience that many times during our travel.
Passion Piece: What advice would you give to people planning close or far trips?
Olga: First of all, they should make a good plan. Doing a research and finding particular places on the map – it makes sightseeing much easier. Besides this, it’s a good idea to get familiar with social etiquette, behaviour codes and customs, which are common in the countries they are going to visit.
Krzysiek: I think that if people are planning a trip on their own, they should buy a map of a city or a country they are going to visit. To me it’s the first step I take while planning my travels. On the basis of the map I can get to know the place which I’m going to visit. I can familiarize myself with the most popular sites I can sightsee. I can also get to know how much time it will take me to explore all the spots I’m interested in.
Passion Piece: What’s the most ridiculous adventure you’ve experienced during your travels?
Olga: While hitchhiking in Vietnam, we were asked to show our passports to the driver who stopped his car. Until now, I don’t really understand the reason of this ‘road control’ …
Krzysiek: Before going to Sweden we had bought train tickets ahead of time (more than two months in advance). During our travel, when we were already on the train, there was a ticket control and it occurred that we had bought the tickets for the wrong month (but at least the day was right). Luckily, the whole story ended just with the ticket inspector’s short talk, who was really amused with this peculiar situation.
Passion Piece: Have you ever made any long lasting friendships in the places you had a chance to visit?
Olga: It’s rather difficult to make any friendships when we stay in a given place for one or two days the most.
Krzysiek: From time to time we try to keep in touch with people who helped us during our travels. Most of the times we make use of social networks, which are a reliable way to communicate with friends, who live in different corners of the world. A good example of such a person is a Vietnamese from Murong Man.
Passion Piece: Which country is your dream country to visit?
Olga: My dream – which I have already accomplished – was Vietnam. Now, I’m dreaming of the South America … Brazil, Peru or Chile.
Krzysiek: There are many places, which I’d love to visit such as: Japan, Madagascar, Russia (preferably by Trans-Siberian railway), Norwegian fiords … However, the country, which I’d like to visit the most is Iceland. My dream is to climb glaciers and active volcanoes. I’d also love to see geysers and hot springs, which are situated there.
Passion Piece: What are your other passions?
Olga: I read a lot! I’m a faithful fan of Stephen King’s novels. I also reach for detective stories. Besides this – I learn foreign languages – I’m able to communicate in six languages now (besides Polish).
Krzysiek: My big passion is geology, that’s why whenever I go anywhere, I look under my feet to know what I am walking on. Another thing I really like is solving puzzles and riddles. I also love fantasy (mainly books), anime, board games and many more.
Passion Piece: Where do you see yourselves in the near future?
Olga: I see myself as a postgraduate student, learning about the cultural aspects of wars and armed conflicts.
Krzysiek: I hope to finally find a job as a geologist, which will allow me to travel in the unknown for me places.
Passion Piece: Which motto would you like to share with my readers?
Olga and Krzysiek: ‘The difference between people, who follow their dreams, and the rest of the world doesn’t depend on the size of their purse. The thing is that the latter read about distant countries and dream of adventures for their whole lives, while the former lift their heads from their books, get out of their armchairs and start chasing their dreams.’ – Wojciech Cejrowski.
Passion Piece: Thank you very much for this truly inspiring conversation and I hope that you’ll have a chance to visit all the places you’re dreaming of in the future.
I wish you courage to lift your heads from your books and to get out of your armchairs to follow your dreams – not only the ones related to travelling, but any dreams you’ll ever think of. I hope that Olga and Krzysiek encouraged you to break the barriers and not to pay so much attention to the sizes of your purses. A good organization and planning will allow you to explore new places and make any dreams of your own come true.
See you around!
Websites you should visit: http://followyourmap.pl/
Photos by: Follow Your Map
Comments: 56 replies added
Great interview and post! I love how Olga and Krzysiek are so fond of learning new things (as I am) and are open to learning about other cultures. I wish them the best in their travels and in their studies and careers. :)
They are a great inspiration! I think I'll try to travel more this summer to learn something new about other countries and their cultures. :)
I looove this so much! This is so inspiring and interesting. I too love to travel and I’m also learning the importance of seizing the day in terms of travel. My husband and I have been living in a van traveling and it’s been extremely rewarding but also really hard so it’s great to read something like this and have our dreams and ideas reinforced. Great post!
I admire you for travelling in a van, since I can't really imagine myself doing so. I love comfort too much. I think travels give lots of opportunities to learn new things. :)
Loved this interview and post! As someone trying to travel more in the coming years, it was really helpful and inspirational! Can't wait to start planning my next trip.
Me too! I'm planning to visit Prague this summer. :) It's great when you have a person with whom you can travel the world. :)
So many beautiful places! I love traveling the world and I love looking at people's pictures of the world! Gives me the travel itch!!
I also love admiring photos taken during travels. :)
Such an inspiring interview! I fell in love with all the pictures from their travels and I liked a lot the great advice! As a blogger this is very motivating!
Yes, seeing their pictures makes you feel like starting your own journey to get to know new places. :)
I love that they have a passion for travel and created a blog out of it. I’d love to be able to travel that much.
Me too ... unfortunately I don't like travelling on my own. That's great they can follow their passion. :)
Awesome interview! It was very detailed and you really learn a lot about Olga and Krzysiek! Very Inspiring!
I'm happy you enjoyed reading this interview. :)
Really great interview. I am hoping one day that I am able to travel around the world.
I'd also like to travel the world, but I leave it for the future. :)
This was a great interview. I absolutely love the tip about getting a map. People make fun of me because I get maps for everywhere I go, but it really helps keep the excitement up!
I wish I could use a map ... I'm lost even with very detailed maps! :)
My family loves to travel, too! I think you can incorporate it into your lifestyle even when you don't travel full time!
That's great that you can share your travel advenures with your family! :)
I loved reading this interview very much! It’s inspired me to want to travel more!
I'm happy you liked this interview! :)
Love to read this, they are learning a lot through their travel time, I found my self wondering too how to adapt with the culture about busy street things. But over all travelling is part of adventure!
Sometimes the culture and the customs of a given country can be very surprising ... we can always learn a lot from our travels. :)
Wow you have traveled quite a bit. I wish I did more traveling, but happy for the travel I have done.
Yes, my interviewees have travelled to quite a lot of places ... they can be a real inspiration. :)
This is a very inspiring post and interview. I hope to be able to travel full time someday!
I'm really happy you find this interview inspiring! :)
I thought it was interesting that they both said they loved Vietnam, which is encouraging, because I've always wanted to visit there too. It's not really a most-wanted tourist destination, but I love that it would be so different than my American way of life, a very different experience. I appreciated that they found the same thing!
I'd also love to visit Vietnam, as its culture is also totally different from the one here in Poland. Hope you'll have a chance to visit this country one day. :)
taking the time to travel is definitely a way to be able to get to know yourself better.
That's so true. I'd love to find my travelling companion with whom I could travel the world. :)
Good travel advice. Blog is indeed a good way to stay connected with family. Even I have this dream to visit South America some day.
South America can offer its visitors a lot! I think this continent attracts quite a lot of travellers. :)
I always love reading about other travelers and their exciting adventures. It is such an incredible motivation to move and explore! Thank you for this lovely interview - it has made me want to put Vietnam next on my list... :) Charlie https://thebarefootangel.com
I also find such blogs really encouraging! Hope they will inspire me to travel the world one day! :)
While traveling may be a privilege for many, it definitely a learning experience for all. Your interviewees have been to some amazing places. I love their passion for travel.
I also love their passion for travel ... thanks to them we can learn a lot about travelling too. :)
I love to travel and have traveled a fair amount with my son in the US but not internationally yet. Hope to be able to eventually!
Hope you'll have a chance to travel with your son abroad soon. :)
Thanks for sharing your interview with us! We love traveling and have spent time in Warsaw. We would love to go to SE Asia next! A little planning does go a long way for a smoother journey! Thanks!
That's great you had the opportunity to visit our capital city ... and yes, travelling requires a little bit of planning. :)
This looks like a great blog! They really do know how to travel and their photos are fantastic!
I also fell in love with their photos! :)
Sounds very adventurous! Loved the Q and A portion very informative great tips for travelers!
I'm happy you enjoyed reading this interview! :)
Culture is a great motivation for any travel blog. I am glad it motivated you too
Yes, a new culture is one of the best things you can learn while travelling. :)
Really interesting invterview! I wish I could travel once a month!
Me too ... but it seems rather impossible in my case. :)
This was such a great interview! I loved learning more about Olga and Krzysiek, and they share such fabulous travel tips. Thanks!
I'm happy you find their travel tips useful. :)
I really enjoy following travel blogs and learning about difference places around the globe. Such a great interview, it was great to learn more about them.
The world is so diverse that we can learn loads of new things while travelling. :)
So true that travel brings forth so many great things in life...memories, knowledge, experiences...etc. This is really inspiring! A great read...thank you!
I couldn't agree more with you! I'd love to have some more time for travelling! :)