When I was 17, I went to Australia for the IOI. During this trip I’ve realized how amazing travelling can be and felt that I really want to travel.
Later on, at the age of 18, I went to Taiwan for another IOI, that time as the delegation guest, in fact, the coach of the new team.
That time I’ve had 10 visited countries.
On one of August’s evenings, I was having some tea with one of my friends. At some moment, she told that much people get Schengen Visa nowadays and go to Lithuania and further. It was considered “cool” to go to Vilnius for the weekend. I agreed that it makes sense to have a city-break somewhere. I’ve applied for Spanish Schengen visa, because this one was the easiest, hoping that I can get mutiple entry visa and go to Warsaw, Poland (well, Polish Schengen was harder to get). But well, I failed, and got only 2-entry one. Well, no problem, I went to Spain instead of Poland. During that trip I’ve remembered the feelings I got during the travel to Australia.
It looked like a small impulse, but then I’ve completely addicted to discovering new places. Since then I was always planning some journey, everyday surfing the internet for the information about various places. When I did not have time, I just went to the parts of the city that were unknown to me, because this was also a discovery of something new and unknown.
If you really want to travel, you will travel. No matter, what funds or how much free time you have. Now it is about a year and 10 days after that talk.
Currently only 23 countries are visited, though 13 new countries are visited in 2015.
Africa, the both Americas and Antarctica aren’t visited at all. Where would you recommend to go in Africa? In the South America? Is there anybody who reached Antarctica and how much was the price for you?