WHO AM I?
My name is Matthias Mandiau and I always have loved to travel. Since I left Belgium for an amazing trip to South-Africa in 2013, the urge of going somewhere new in the world has always been on my mind. The many stories of new friends on the road and tales of other backpacker blogs inspired me to become an entrepreneur in the travel niche. Starting a travel blog allowed me to make proper use of the more than 10.000 pictures and many stories that I collected from all the places in the world where I have been to so far.
As a result, I made the decision to start traveling the world, part by part. And when I do so, I photograph my experiences and frequently write about my recent travel adventures. At the moment I am living back in Belgium, my home country.
Travel can be considered to be a form of escapism. But think about it. Is escapism always a bad thing? Life is about finding a balance in between a too loose form and a too tight way of daily activities. Life is about happiness, right?
Escapism can be a solution to escape reality now and then. It can be a solution towards happiness because it can be helpful to see your life in a different light for a while. It’s like looking at your life from a different perspective, because the place where you are at that moment when you travel, is completely different. There are new people you meet and new experiences all the time. Travel might change you, might make you appreciate the small things in life more. You might even come back home as a stronger and better person. It’s not what travel can do to you, but what you can learn from yourself and other people when you travel.
The action of leaving your home country for the horizon with a rugged backpack will probably feel like an accomplishment of happiness. But that moment of departure will only be the start of a lot more. You will come back as a more experienced and down-to-earth kind of person. And you might become lesser caring about materialism and money. Yes, traveling to the ends of the world will have a great impact on you.
It happened to me and it will probably also happen to you.