Touring to different corners of the world is all the time a memorable expertise. Touring with a function is even higher. And it will probably 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 previous and has beloved 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 prone 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 could be the primary of many.
“There was a time in my life after I was in a state of affairs the place I may 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 unique function,” 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, on account of potential dangers and risks, Márcia didn’t hearken to them. — or moderately, didn’t need 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 would not know. At 24, he did not care what he was advised, he determined he needed 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 alternative. At the very least every year I attempt to go away the nation for geographically and culturally distant locations, he says. In any case, there may be nothing like being on their own on the opposite aspect 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 means of some conditions, however nothing particular. In Thailand, for instance, I stayed with a taxi driver who received 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 aspect of the world, even probably the most harmful locations, also can occur right here in Portugal.
Because of this, care is all the time the identical, no matter metropolis. “I all the time 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 international locations it may be very harmful. They care about being taken each day, not only for being on a visit,” he reveals.
Márcia has traveled to so many international locations 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 received 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. After I took this primary journey alone, the transformation was so nice that I felt I wanted to dwell it once more”, she reveals.
The guide “The Magic of Journey”
On August 15 this 12 months, the very day he arrived in India for the second time, his first guide was printed: “The Magic of Journey”. At first look, it might appear to be it is all about itineraries and routes, nevertheless it’s far more than that. “The guide is completely centered on the private transformation I skilled. I felt that I turned a extra courageous, resilient, attentive and supportive particular person. After we are in touch with realities which can be so totally different from ours, we’re extra conscious of the world’s issues, he emphasizes.
It is not nearly locations, however largely about who we turn into 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. After we are in touch with such totally different realities, we start to evaluate much less and ask extra questions, he says.
He began writing the guide 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”. Nonetheless, he most well-liked to do one thing extra tangible, and started writing virtually in secret.
On every of his journeys, the place on daily basis 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 keep in mind this stuff sooner or later, so I wrote and proceed to write down all the pieces in the identical day, I do not go away room to overlook the concepts. It comes out precisely how I really feel in the meanwhile, he admits.
Over the 272 pages of the guide, which can be found On-line for €16 he reviews on some episodes he went by means of throughout his adventures around the globe. 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 regardless of not having the financial situations that we perceive to be excellent, they dwell with that actuality and all the pieces is ok. For me, who’s used to a unique actuality, it was a tough course of to study to simply accept it and be okay with that actuality, says the creator.
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 a neighborhood 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 kids in want. “The sensation we get after realizing we’re serving to a trigger is priceless. It is a feeling of gratitude.”
Márcia chosen the ten international locations 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 guide, there are nonetheless extra challenges in order that the readers also can expertise one thing comparable and in a means “really feel this transformation”.
Greater than influencing different individuals to journey with out worry, even alone, Márcia needed them to begin “touring with a function”. Whenever you go to a different nation with the intention of studying one thing, moderately than simply seeing the sights, it provides a unique 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 if you happen to ask me the locations I visited in India, I can describe all the pieces: the place I went, who I talked to. Typically 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 function.”
Then click on on the gallery to see some pictures of Márcia Monteiro on her solo travels.