Ana Teresa André, 24 years old. Free-spirit and fierce adept of “out of routine”.
I’ve tried to fit into society, I’ve followed the crowd while i convincing myself that I should stay on the line. The line that traces the path of all who conform to the “must be”, “life is hard”, “you take a good course, you get work and everything goes well(or not)” But one day I decided to question whether are my interests, the genuine ones, if they would actually be in line with the “what should be.” I thought every day that life would have to be much more than that, that there were thousands of places to discover and millions of people to meet. I thought I had to do more for myself and others. One day I woke up and got out of the routine. On that day I also got off the line and started to inspire myself in the unknown and in what I can still achieve.
I was born introverted and asking for a glass of water in a cafe was an intimidating task. I blush as easily as Cristiano Ronaldo scores goals and nothing predicted that one day I would feel like for traveling alone. I am the proof that personality should not be an obstacle to go further. I do not have a life full of travels and until 2015 I had only gone to Spain and Belgium. But I have a father who in the nineties made a car trip through Europe and always encouraged me to see the world.
I leave home to travel (alone) as easily as I go out to the supermarket. I like changes and challenges. I prefer the day at night, I do not like make-up, I like calm and people who do not take themselves too seriously. I save all my money for travel. I like spring, yellow and the sun. And the lack of education and the people who throw garbage to the ground annoys me.
Since September 2015 I have visited 17 countries. In the summer of 2015 I did an interrail for Europe, 8 countries in 17 days. In 2016, for two months, I volunteered for a project of the European Voluntary Service in Croatia. Two months of volunteering, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia, Austria and Italy.
The next adventure changed continent and flew to Asia. I taught English in Vietnam and literally did construction work in a volunteer project in Nepal. I increased the adrenaline and I went there alone, because when you go around the world, you get out of fear!
I’m already in the third round, the choice was Northern Europe, Lapland is now my home for a few months. And no, I’m not rich. My modus operandi in travel is the low-cost and volunteer and work-exchange experiences.
I try to enjoy life in life in order to make the present an unforgettable memory!
ps: nowtrip has grown and is no longer just my travel diary. Now you can find here all the information about my adventures and how I make all this possible. In addition to having a tab with some suggestions from volunteer organizations, I created another completely dedicated to the theme of being a woman and travel alone: Solo Travel is for Girls.