Name & Age? Julita Pietrzyk, 35
Where's home? I'm originally from Poland, but Barcelona-Spain based since 2006.
What was/is your last/current trip? I traveledSE Asia for a year, now I'm back to Barcelona.
Next trip is gonna be through Russia, Mongolia and China to Asia.
What got you started? After eight years in Barcelona I moved to Finland for my ex. A year later, when things didn't work out, I bought one way ticket to Thailand. There I got "lost" for a year, and it's where my travel blog was born.
How do you pay the way? I do Couchsurfing and volunteering, which helps me to reduce accommodation cost. I also work sometimes on the way-teaching english for e.g.. As well I am an influencer, I do social media marketing and Press Trips.
What's always on your packing list?
-My computer to write
-iPhone to make pics
-GoPro for more pics
-some clothes(depending on where I go)
-good book to read
-my favourite music
What’s the last thing that blew your mind? Resident Evil The Final Chapter
By land, by sea, or by air? Hmm, everything suits me ;) depending on where I go too( for e.g. some places can not be reached without plane). But mostly by land, to enjoy all the beautiful views.
Hotel or hostel? Camp or Couchsurf? Hostels. I do like to meet new people, ask for advices, hear their opinions about places and their stories.
What's your travel pet peeve?
Loud backpackers in dorms
How do people react to you as a solo female traveler? With many stupid and unnecessary questions (I even wrote an article about it.)
But sometimes, people feel a lot of respect towards me, which is nice.
What scares you? Nothing anymore ;)
How do you overcome fear / anxiety / doubt? I don't cry or feel anxious, as travels make me happiest person ever. If...if I do, then I like to be alone and reflect. If in doubt, I ask around, talk to people, friends, family...
Worst memory: Luckily none for the moment
One unforgettable memory: I think our motorbike ride from Hanoi to Mai Chau, along with my travel buddy Ana
Bravest memory: Diving in Croatia-17m deep
Culture shock moment: I think every new place bring a bit of culture shock.
Best reason to talk to strangers: To get to know their culture. If you talk to local strangers, you often can end up being walked around the city off the beaten track.
How are you different while traveling? I feel more open to the people and their culture. More respectful, humble, honest
Is it harder to leave or to stay put? I think there is a very thin line between both. It's always hard to leave, friends, family, new place you fell in love with. But also is hard just to stay, as you have this need of discovering new places. You just feel restless if you stay.
Three things you've learned on the road:
What keeps you going? I have no idea, really. But I love it!
What's next? You never know ;)
What would you be doing if you’d never left home? Probably sad, just working to pay my bills having nothing from that. Dreaming about all those amazing places...
What advice do you have for wanna-be Wild Hearts? Don't be afraid to leave and follow your dreams. Is much worse to stay.
Last question: What would make you stop traveling? I hope nothing.