This picture on the top is from a beach in Malaysia. It's so beautiful that seems to be stolen from a travel guide, right? Actually, no. It's not stolen. I own the rights of the picture, but I certainly don't own the landscape. Actually, no one owns it and it needs to stay like that. We eager to travel, to see places, to visit the most beautiful beaches or mountains, we hunt for the perfect picture. I recon, this happens to me quite often. But why? You may ask. Why are we so obsessed with perfection? Why we want to have a better holiday, to post better pictures on instagram than our friends, the sands must be whiter, the water must be clearer, the sun must be brighter. Why? If you have the answer, please share. During my trip to SE of Asia I had the chance to see so many beautiful p… Read More
My first remote working experience was in 2009, when it wasn't so trendy. Nobody could understand how I can travel and work in the same time. It was impossible for them to imagine doing both great. Back in 2009, during my first Eurotrip, when I had to travel around Europe for 3 months and work in the same time. The internet connection was not so good, laptops were heavier, and few clients could accept this kind of partnership. Now, almost 10 years later, I have the same behaviour, but the world changed around me. Now, I'm not that crazy guy anymore, work can be done anywhere. That's what I'm grateful for today.
I don't really know why I like this country so much. Or city. However you want to consider it. Maybe because it has one of the most beautiful city skyline I ever seen, maybe because it's so clean, or maybe because everything is well done here, or who knows, maybe just because there's plenty of rules and anyone follows them. I've seen over 200 cities so far and Singapore jumped straight to no. 3 on my top, after London and Barcelona. I think it will stay there for a while. In Singapore, I like the congregation of different cultures coexisting in one space. Made up of Chinese, Malay, Indian and various other ethnicities, cultural heritage is what makes Singapore, Singapore. You can also feel the british presence everywhere. Afterall, Singapore used to be one of their colonies. Next… Read More
I had Thailand on my bucket list for a few years now and I've been working on this trip for about 6 months. I heard dozens of great stories about Thailand. From crystal clear water, fine white sand to colorful taxi boats, good food and even better prices. And believe me! All are true and even a little over expectations. I did some trips through Greece, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, but Thailand is a few levels above. The itinerary was Phuket - Ko Phi Phi - Bangkok. I only stayed in Phuket for a night and then I headed straight to Ko Phi Phi, where you have everything you need. Quality resorts, small and beautiful beaches, crystal clear water everywhere, good food, street shopping, boat trips, Thai massage and beach parties every night. All at a quarter price compared to Europe. Bangkok i… Read More
I get to my room around midnight, tired and hungry. I throw my backpack in a corner, get back on the street and look for the first street food stall. It was just around the corner. I order a soup and some fried noodles with chicken and vegetables. A few minutes later, I take the first bite. I got simply amazed. The street food in Vietnam is delicious! I like street food, but there's street food and vietnamese street food. I never had such as amazing dishes, that at first sight are so simple, but they are so good. Next day, when I got rid of my "food jet lag", I start exploring Hanoi. There's a vibe in Hanoi that I never felt in another city. It's a mix of hard working people, lots of scooters, noise everywhere, food every corner, fairs, parties and a lot of tourists, of course. Afte… Read More
When you travel, you expand your horizons. When you travel more, you expand your horizons even more and you feel smaller and smaller. When I was little, living in a small village in Romania, I thought the world is my backyard. My friends were my parents, grand parents, grand-grand parents, uncles and cousins. I used to spend my time doing mostly the same things every day, moving around no more than a square mile. When you grow up, things change. You move places, you start working, you develop yourself. If you are travelling, things change even more. I remember, first time when I got out of my home country, I was amazed. Everything was different. I wanted to absorb every new information, to pay attention to each detail, every second was important. Now, here I am, on another conti… Read More
I think that time is the most valuable asset we got. We're always in a rush and we complain that we don't have time for ourselves. Actually, we have other priorities. Like work, making money, different activities more or less important. We live in a busy world. We are always busy. But are we for real? We spend a lot of time in front on some screens. Lots of them. We spend a lot of time commuting. We also spend a lot of time in meeting or calls. Imagine that we can switch the priorities. We can put on top 20 minutes of meditation per day, 10 minutes of yoga, a long walk in the nature, reading, cooking, a cup of tea. And then we can "tick" the rest. I feel that the moment you say "I have time for myself", "I have time to do whatever I want", "I have time for a long chat with my bes… Read More
The light is different, streets are less crowded and driving around London is always a pleasure. My favourite days for road trips in and around London are 24th of December and 1st of January. The city is like a film set. No one on the streets, nobody that rushes somewhere, just you and this beautiful city. You can get from point A to B 2 or 3 times faster, you can actually observe different architectural details, trees, store's windows. It's like a different city. Whenever I have the chance to drive in these days, I take myself 2 or 3 hours to enjoy the city as its best.
Before moving to London, when I was a tourist, I had a list of points of interest for every single trip in this city. Most of the times, the list was so long, that I never had the chance to tick even half of the items on the list. Now, being a resident in this city, I have 3 favourite places that I always recommend to friends to try: Byron, where you can enjoy one of the best burgers in London, Alexandra Palace with one of the most beautiful views over the city, free of charge and St. Katharine Docks a very quiet docking area in the middle of London. It's normal to want to see the most iconic places, as a first timer, but maybe you give it a try to non-touristic places, as well.
First, there were british people. Then africans came over. And then jews. And then indians, sri lankas, jamaicans, chinese, arabs, turks, greeks and eastern europeans. Now, we live together in this colorful city based on immigrants. And that's in London only. Think how many big cities or countries, countries that now rule the world, were built by immigrants. Just think what could have happened to those countries it they were by themselves, with no help from others. After so many efforts from immigrants to integrate into the community, to work hard day and night to put some food on the plate, after they build roads, houses, railways, entire cities, some of them are just told that they have to leave the country. It's terrible. Remember: In England only, as an immigrant, you have t… Read More