For up-and-coming travel writers, Agness and Cez recommend: “BinderCon; a writing conference for women that takes place in April in Los Angeles, California. That is definitely an event every travel female writer should attend.”
1) Where was the first place that you traveled that made you think WOW—travel is amazing (think history book come to life or …..)
It was definitely Tibet, one of the most inspiring travel destinations I’ve visited. After watching the “7 Years in Tibet” movie, Tibet was on my bucket list and I couldn’t wait to see how it differed from what I’ve seen on the screen. When I finally made it there, I couldn’t believe how humble and religious locals were and how beautiful the scenery of Lhasa is. I felt blessed to visit local temples and have small chats with Tibetans who inspired me to live a simple life full of joy and happiness.
2) If you had unlimited resources, where would you go and what would you do?
I love visiting off the beaten track destinations where not many travellers decide to go, where I can be close to the wildlife and be exposed to magnificent views. Therefore, Antarctica is at the very top of my bucket list (now that I’ve been to Tibet). If I had unlimited resources, I would pack my backpack and go right now. Seeing all of these breath-taking glaciers, getting close to penguins and seals as well as swimming at Deception Island are the things that really excite me, but I need to wait a bit to do them. Actually, me and Cez have an Antarctica cruise booked with Oceanwide Expeditions for the beginning of 2018, so the dream will come true soon.
3) What were you afraid to do and how did you find the courage to overcome it?
There was a time in my life when I was a bit afraid of quitting my job in Amsterdam to travel the world full-time once again and focus entirely on further development of my travel blog. It was not an easy decision as all of my friends were getting married and engaged, started their own families and me… well I was constantly thinking of visiting new places, taking pictures of beautiful sceneries, getting to know new people and getting inspired by other travellers. With a big support from my mom, Cez, my roommates and work colleagues, I easily overcame this fear and I’ve been on the road since September last year so over 5 months and I couldn’t be happier!
4) What apps do you use regularly that make your life easier?
When it comes to travel, I am constantly using Pepo app. It is a great place where me and Cez have been constantly sharing our travel stories and tips with other travel experts and enthusiasts. We discovered it at the beginning of this year and we need to admit it’s pretty addictive! We have set up our eTramping channel there and keep sharing daily awesome stories from the road.
5) What place do you wish more people have seen?
Definitely North Korea where I came back from last month. It was truly an unique experience,, that left me and Cez speechless for many days. When visiting DPRK, you get exposed to a lot of information and historical facts that you may or may not agree with and you also visit many different military spots that make you feel like you are taken back to 1950s. I wish more people could make it there and thus make the difference. There are many misconceptions about the country, but also many misconceptions about the foreigners within DPRK. More visitors would help bridge that gap.
6) Best advice you have been given and by whom?
My mom often says: “The dogs are barking but the caravan keeps moving” which basically means you should do your thing and keep moving forward regardless of what others say. These are very wise words that I always remind myself of when being criticized or discouraged to pursue my travel and business dreams.
7) When were you surprised by the kindness of strangers on a trip?
Countless times – countless. It feels wrong to raise one instance over another as there were so many times when people helped me or Cez so much that we didn’t know how to react. We didn’t realize how kind and helpful strangers really are until we started travelling and were often at the mercy of the people we don’t know. Since then we learned that it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, you will always be surrounded by good people.
8) What inspired you to travel for extended periods of time or live in a new country?
The most inspiring is the feeling of doing something unique and different every single day in a place that you don’t know with people who are new to you. Waking up in a country you only know from books and movies is something I can’t really describe. The more places you visit, the more you want to see.
Moreover, being an inspiration for others, who may not have the courage to travel yet, also inspires me to keep going and exploring more places. Replying to all of these e-mails from our readers who are thinking about taking the leap we took long ago, that’s what makes us feel this excitement over and over again!
9) I travel because …
It’s my biggest passion that makes me feel happy, accomplished and empowered.
After hitting the road in 2011, Cez and Agness have become experts in the field of world travel. Their journeys have taken them across Asia, Europe, and beyond! Originally hailing from Poland, Agness and Cez, lived in many different parts of the world for various amounts of time. These experiences of constantly changing location while focusing on unique adventures resulted in the blog, e-tramping.
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