Touring to different corners of the world is at all times a memorable expertise. Touring with a objective is even higher. And it could possibly even be profoundly transformative – that is what occurred to Marcia Monteirowhen he determined he simply wanted his personal firm to do it.
Born in Santa Maria da Feira, Márcia is 35 years outdated and has cherished touring since she was little. She is a college professor of administration and advertising in Porto, and when she just isn’t working, she is more likely to be hundreds of kilometers from Portugal.
“Since I used to be little, I’ve traveled with my household, however as a vacationer. I usually make this distinction between vacationer and traveller. Vacationers undergo the entire expertise of a rustic, get to know the locations and the tradition,” he begins by telling NiT. Márcia stopped being a vacationer and have become a traveler precisely seven years in the past, when she made her first solo journey. On the time, I did not assume it will be the primary of many.
“There was a time in my life after I was in a scenario the place I might solely take a trip in March, a month when you do not often take a trip. Since I had nobody to accompany me, I went alone. I turned a traveler as a result of I started to expertise touring with a distinct objective,” he reveals. The primary solo journey was not in Spain or France. Not even in Europe. The vacation spot that marked a turning level in his life was India.
Even after family and friends warned her to not go, because of potential dangers and risks, Márcia didn’t hearken to them. — or reasonably, didn’t wish to hear them. Whether or not it was “as a result of she was naive” or as a result of she was “in her prime”, she does not know. At 24, he did not care what he was instructed, he determined he wished to go anyway and went.
“From then on, I made the choice to begin touring alone extra usually. Not for lack of firm, however by selection. Not less than annually I attempt to go away the nation for geographically and culturally distant locations, he says. In any case, there’s nothing like being on their lonesome on the opposite facet of the world and out of our consolation zone to develop as a individuals and see life with totally different eyes.
Even when touring alone, she admits that she has by no means felt insecure: “I’ve been by some conditions, however nothing particular. In Thailand, for instance, I stayed with a taxi driver who obtained misplaced and did not converse English. In Zambia, I used to be uncovered to a small theft try which got here to nothing as a result of I used to be capable of defend myself”. He confesses that something that may occur to him on the opposite facet of the world, even probably the most harmful locations, also can occur right here in Portugal.
Because of this, care is at all times the identical, no matter metropolis. “I at all times attempt to be in locations the place there are extra individuals, to not exit after a sure time at evening, as a result of in some nations it may be very harmful. They care about being taken every day, not only for being on a visit,” he reveals.
Márcia has traveled to so many nations that she has stopped counting them, however she is aware of that there have been greater than 80. Alone – solely with the corporate of the local people – she obtained to know Zimbabwe, Colombia, Bolivia, Thailand, Vietnam, Tanzania, Chile, Argentina and plenty of extra. In all of them one other particular person got here out. “India was the nation the place I felt the largest cultural distinction. I do not often repeat vacationer locations and the one one I did was India. Once I took this primary journey alone, the transformation was so nice that I felt I wanted to stay it once more”, she reveals.
The e-book “The Magic of Journey”
On August 15 this yr, the very day he arrived in India for the second time, his first e-book was printed: “The Magic of Journey”. At first look, it could look like it is all about itineraries and routes, nevertheless it’s way more than that. “The e-book is completely centered on the non-public transformation I skilled. I felt that I turned a extra courageous, resilient, attentive and supportive particular person. Once we are involved with realities which are so totally different from ours, we’re extra conscious of the world’s issues, he emphasizes.
It isn’t nearly locations, however largely about who we turn out to be once we journey. “Essentially the most worthwhile information I acquired was not about land, however about braveness, audacity, self-love and resilience. I turned a stronger particular person as a result of I discovered to deal with totally different challenges and I decide much less. Once we are involved with such totally different realities, we start to guage much less and ask extra questions, he says.
He began writing the e-book about 5 years in the past, largely on the encouragement of family and friends. When he made some posts on social networks, they began telling him that he ought to create a weblog as a result of “they have been livid with what he was sharing”. Nevertheless, he most well-liked to do one thing extra tangible, and commenced writing virtually in secret.
On every of his journeys, the place each day was totally different, one factor by no means modified: on the finish of the day, he recorded by hand the individuals he met, the conversations he had, the experiences he had and what he discovered from all of it. “I am afraid I will not bear in mind this stuff sooner or later, so I wrote and proceed to jot down the whole lot in the identical day, I do not go away room to overlook the concepts. It comes out precisely how I really feel in the mean time, he admits.
Over the 272 pages of the e-book, which can be found On-line for €16 he stories on some episodes he went by throughout his adventures all over the world. Every chapter is devoted to a particular nation and the primary describes what it was prefer to journey to India alone for the primary time. “Folks stroll barefoot on the street, they’re soiled. The very first thing we predict is that they’re poor individuals, however then I spotted that even supposing they don’t have the monetary situations that we perceive to be superb, they stay with that actuality and the whole lot is nice. For me, who’s used to a distinct actuality, it was a tough course of to study to simply accept it and be comfortable with that actuality, says the writer.
Whereas touring alone, he even participated in two volunteer applications, one in Vietnam and the opposite in Cambodia, that are additionally talked about within the work. Within the first nation, he labored in an area canteen the place he ready meals for probably the most deprived inhabitants. In Cambodia I went to a really distant village close to the Thai border and taught English at a faculty for youngsters in want. “The sensation we get after figuring out we’re serving to a trigger is priceless. It is a feeling of gratitude.”
Márcia chosen the ten nations she considers probably the most transformative. In every chapter he describes issues that occurred in that place and what he discovered from these episodes. Within the e-book, there are nonetheless extra challenges in order that the readers also can expertise one thing related and in a means “really feel this transformation”.
Greater than influencing different individuals to journey with out worry, even alone, Márcia wished them to begin “touring with a objective”. Whenever you go to a different nation with the intention of studying one thing, reasonably than simply seeing the sights, it provides a distinct that means to the journey.
“I’ve visited virtually each nation in Europe due to the proximity, however I haven’t got good reminiscences of the journeys. I do know I went to the Eiffel Tower and Massive Ben, however nothing occurred. I remained the identical Marcia. However in case you ask me the locations I visited in India, I can describe the whole lot: the place I went, who I talked to. Generally it even looks like I can nonetheless odor the smells, or hear the honking of horns. All that is current in my reminiscence as a result of they have been journeys with a objective.”
Then click on on the gallery to see some images of Márcia Monteiro on her solo travels.