If you made it as far in my blog as to discover the “About Me” page, it makes me immensely happy. So I’m going to tell you a little about me.
Growing up in a multicultural environment with parents from different countries has only made me realize that the only limitations I have are the ones I impose upon myself. Having spent over nineteen years of my life living a country as small as Cyprus and consumed by curiosity to explore the world that existed outside of my bubble, I spent my last four years chasing every opportunity to visit as many countries as possible.
And that’s when I realized I spent my entire life living in a box. All I knew in my life before was black and white. I didn’t know there was an entire world outside of my comfort zone. It’s completely different emotion to watch the sunset while riding a camel in the Sahara desert than it is to see someone else’s photo and think “wow”. Once I broke free from my comfort zone, traveling and experiencing new things in life became addictive.
“Travel is never a matter of money but of courage”
From time to time, people keep asking me “How can a student afford to travel as much?”. My favorite writer, Paulo Coelho, once said ” Travel is never a matter of money but of courage” – damn he’s right! I just prioritize travel over anything else so I have a simple lifestyle which allows me to save up. I cook my own meals (even invested in a cooking class for the last two years) and my wardrobe hasn’t been updated for as long as I can remember. Not to mention my career as the clumsiest waitress in the world,as an awkward photographer for university events and as a multitasking office assistant. I have been there and done all of that. I have also taken advantage of the perks of the Erasmus+ program and lived in my two favorite cities in Europe, Barcelona and Lisbon.
After running my company’s blog in Lisbon,I couldn’t imagine a life without blogging. It only took me a week after returning to Cyprus, to get motivated to create my own blog. So welcome to my blog, Stef’s Journey. Through my “journey”, I hope to inspire and motivate you to step out of your comfort zone and see the world with your own eyes.
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If you have made it as far as reading this, I’m on cloud nine! I hope you are going to follow me along my journey. Exciting things come on the way!
I am more than excited to share with you, that I will soon visit the country I have been dreaming of since I was a little kid. If I told my younger self that my dream will become true, I am not sure I’d believe it. Probably I’d laugh and think that it’s a big joke! So this year right after I finish my last exam, I’m heading to Thailand. It’s a 34 hours long trip, including a 17 hour layover so it’s a big journey.
I will be teaching in a school in Bangkok for two weeks before backpacking around the country with another two good friends. I’m thrilled and anxious at the same time as it’s the first time I visit Asia and do anything like this.I also absolutely love blending in with locals, so couldn’t have found any better way to immerse myself in new culture and step out of my comfort zone.
Still in the process mode so I can’t say any big words yet! But just a hint ; they say it’s the happiest country in the world. *nuff said*. This plan is slightly more long term, If you know what I mean !