The Exciting Game Of Travelling

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“Travelling can be a kind of videogame but in real life. In a limited amount of time, you need to keep going, exploring, discovering new places and getting the necessary elements to reach the goal.”

Most of us in some part of our life had the chance to play some sort of adventure video game; introducing us in new worlds, going through different stages and accomplishing different missions. The level starts getting harder while we continue going through the different scenarios, but our skills increase and our character becomes stronger as well. Travelling can be a kind of videogame but in real life. In a limited amount of time, you need to keep going, exploring, discovering new places and getting the necessary elements to reach the goal.

As you progress in the game (trip) you also get more experience (clues, references, tips, knowledge of the journey, etc), finding new items (useful things you start incorporating in your trip: gadgets, apps, etc), getting to know new characters that may influence in the story (other travellers) and also, at the end of each stage having as result discovered the field (the place travelled). All the information gathered along your way in the game is a learning, that you will use in next stages (next trips), but even for other games (in your daily life). However, nobody started knowing everything at the start, and in pretty much everything, it isn’t easy to succeed straight away.

How my game started

Although I left my hometown in Chile in 2007 to study in Spain, I didn’t start travelling alone regularly until August 2016. Obviously, I had travelled before with my family, friends or girlfriend, but I never made it by myself. Several reasons:

  1. If no friends to travel, no travel: If I had to do it, I preferred to go with friends. Plans are better with friends, no?
  2. If no friends living in another city, no travel: I wondered why I didn’t have friends living abroad.
  3. Fears to many things: get robbed, get bored, get lost, no English level to communicate, etc, etc.
  4. Laziness: why should I take a plane, if I have here everything I need?
  5. No money: it was a big stopper, but a budget was considered only if some friend wanted to plan something.
  6. Not enough holidays: it actually wasn’t a reason, because I even didn’t have a stable job.

In short, my chances of travelling were almost nil, neither enough motivation to do it alone, nor the minimum resources.

“Travelling, ALONE?” ?

“Your fears start fading out, adrenaline soars and you start to be more worried about where will be the next stop, what places to discover first and how to reach them.”

But someone inspired me. In 2014 I met a friend at my former university in Valladolid, Spain. He influenced me about the idea of travelling alone since he had been doing it from he was 18. He told me many interesting stories that I didn’t imagine I could be able to have. I was amazed, but at the same time scared.

-“Alfonso you have such big balls“. “But, Alone? why?“. The main reasons he told me and I’m never going to forget:

  1. “Because I can do and go wherever I want without having to discuss with someone about it.” True. When you travel with friends you have to plan, decide where to stay, what to visit and, going altogether.
  2. “And because if I had to depend from someone to travel, I never would do it”. True, several times I didn’t do it, because “if no friends to travel, no travel“.

But I didn’t do my first travel alone until 2 years later. Starting travelling alone as you imagine, wasn’t easy. But once I did, I felt like I was the protagonist in a kind of game in real life. Your fears start fading out, adrenaline soars and you start to be more worried about where will be the next stop, what places to discover first and how to reach them.

My first city in a solo trip, Krakow, Poland.


It’s never late for a bit of adventure.

I started travelling alone “late”, or at least if I compare myself to other people I’ve met travelling: most of them between 20 and 26 years old, being the youngest 18. But comparing to others never have been good, and in the end, which is more important is just challenging yourself. So, never is late while you are alive and still have energies to do it.

After playing my solo travel game, the rewards were much higher than the pains of the start. For myself, it was a challenge. Facing my fears, on my way it became like a game, each new city was a new stage. Product of my first solo travel, some skills that in some way were inside of me, flourished: more proactivity, people skills, English speaking skills, decision making, problem-solving and balancing improvisation with organization. After that, I haven’t stopped travelling each month.

“My mission is making you get excited about the idea of travelling and make you jump from your seat and take a flight to go somewhere.”

During these 2,5 years I’ve been posting pictures about my travels on Instagram, but never thought that actually, I could create a blog and write about it (and also excuses about how complicated and demanding it could be). Several times I have been told from friends “how did you manage to go there?“, “how many holidays you have?“, “But, how did you go alone?“, “tell me about your last trip“. Having already a few experiences to tell, and not writing them could be a little bit of waste (and more considering that I don’t have a very prodigy memory).

My mission is making you get excited and make you jump from your seat and take a flight to go somewhere. I want to share my own experiences to make easier for others to get started or finding new plans.

If you have read until here, welcome to my blog! I hope you enjoy it and if you don’t get excited about the idea of becoming the protagonist of your own Travel Game, I hope that at least you enjoy what you will read here.

Leave me a comment! any feedback, ideas, thoughts or just love, are very welcomed.
See you in the next stage!