Mora in Sweden
I started exploring solo already as a child. My poor teachers often found an open window and no Hanna. It's been easier to continue this as a grown-up, even though some people still want me to stay inside for some reason.
I tried to fit into the ideal "good girl"-frame and got myself a good job as a marketer in Stockholm, Sweden. After a few years, I realized that this wasn't for me, the little girl who ran away from kindergarten still needed to get out.
I don't know if I can call them special skills, but I'm good at navigation and keeping calm in stressful situations. That has helped me a lot. My stubbornness is an excellent tool too.
I've explored my home country Sweden, and besides that, I've been to 75 countries and revisited some of them several times.
Always follow your gut and heart, the world and its people are beautiful and deserve to be admired.
South America, Kazakhstan, and the Faroe Islands. I haven't been to these places yet, and I long to create a relationship with them. I love what's different and the feeling of getting to know a place that at first felt utterly foreign.
Japan, Namibia, and Iceland
It's a 2021 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC. I've mounted racks for luggage and navigation.
Multi tool, proper rain gear, side stand plate for soft surfaces, coffee and snacks.
While I'm exploring the world around me, I also explore the world within. I grow as a human, and I long for the people I haven't met yet that will become part of my extended family.
At gas stations, social media, hotels/hostels, traveler online forums, events etc.
If we understand each other better, there's nothing to fear. A world without fear would be a beautiful place, wouldn't it?
To feel calm and free.
I've fallen off the bike, got lost, been homesick, met non-friendly people, had problems with documents at the border... Life is a challenge, and so is exploring.
Having a whole conversation with a person that doesn't speak the same language.
It has made me into an independent and more open-minded person.
That we're all different, someone's "must-see" might be a total waste of time for another. Listen to yourself, dare to say no, and dare to set up a route that interests YOU.
I eat at different restaurants (mostly from other cultures), meet up with tourists, visit suburbs, and attend events such as smaller music concerts etc. There's a lot to do to explore locally.
I think it summarizes very well what traveling and exploring are all about.
Go outside your comfort zone and be open to doing new things. A life-changing adventure doesn't necessarily mean that you have to quit your job and go to the other side of the globe. It can be life-changing to travel for a weekend; it all depends on how open you are to new experiences and if you let them change your life.