What was the most difficult country/city you have visited?
I have traveled in many reputedly dangerous areas in South America such as Colombia, Brazil, the Amazonas area… among many others. But it was all fine as long as I could befriend people easily. I found Bolivia to be tough for the same reason that made the so-called dangerous places easy. The people of Bolivia would require more effort and time to trust a foreigner and offer them their friendship. This made my trip in this country the most difficult one.
What other challenges, difficulties or obstacles have you encountered during your trips?
I started by visualizing an easy trip and it did become easy. I do believe deep inside that we create the experiences we imagine. So for me there were no big challenges during my trip in this part of the world, especially for someone coming from Morocco. I have even written an article on my blog about the 15 advantages of being a Moroccan traveler. The life in my country is tough enough to make one ready to face tougher places and situations in other parts of the world.
What travel advice would you give to someone who has never traveled before but wishes to get started?
Dream big, start small and be a smart risk taker!
This does not mean that you need to quit their job and live to travel, and certainly does not mean a large amount of money. Travel requires less money than we actually need in our daily lives. Taking risks, smart risks that do not put you in dangerous situations is a must for me. Traveling is all about getting out of one’s comfort zone, trying new things, getting lost, being open to others, refraining from judgments, etc… This is the way you can get the most of it.
Could you share with us something memorable that fascinated you and that might fascinate us as well?
That would be my experience traveling to Antarctica. It’s undeniably one of the most beautiful places on earth. The void, the silence and the huge white scenery make this place absolutely amazing.
Antarctica for me is a place out of time, where you get the feeling of being nothing but a drop in the ocean, where you reflect on how we live in the modernized world without thinking about the environment. This unfortunately makes us end up with a domino effect that is somehow changing the face of the earth. I remember how seeing the penguins struggle to survive in this harsh environment actually made my heart melt.
What’s next for you? What would be the ultimate dream?
I am already in Brazil now. I came back to a volunteering place where I had already spent a couple of weeks during my first year of travel. I will spend a month here then hit the road again. This time it comes with a project of a Web TV show that I’ll be recording between Brazil and Argentina. I will then go back to Morocco to leave in the beginning of 2016 for a one-year trip around Asia.
The ultimate dream? Since the day I figured out that this is what I want to do in life, as long as I can afford it, I don’t really have big dreams because I’m already leaving my dream. I would call it a “project” though. I funded my last year trip from my savings that have run out now. This means that I need to work in order to keep traveling. I couldn’t think of a better way to do this than to do work related to travel blogging, photography and documentaries. My goal, which you can call a dream in progress, is to be able to live from and for traveling, and so far, I’m very optimistic about it.