Story of The One Who Has Traveled To a 100 Countries

In 2005 I loved my job, and my life in Paris. I had an active social life, many good friends and I went to the gym at least three times a week that allowed me to have some “me” time. I volunteered to support a wonderful cause: take care of children in Necker hospital (specialized in children from 0 to 18 years old). I enjoyed fantastic holiday trips four times a year. I went to the movies and the theater every week -not to mention great food and wine!

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  I was happy and I knew there was nothing else I could wish for in life. Yet, I did

I was happy and I knew there was nothing else I could wish for in life. Yet, I did. I wanted to go far away and feel free to explore unknown places, and my dream had a name: Australia.

I decided to take a year off work to do an MBA at Macquarie University in Sydney. Though I wanted to plan as little as possible, I spent a whole year preparing. That’s why when I finally left Paris for Down Under I knew I had a place for the first two weeks only.

Did that bother me? No way! I was thrilled by the challenge: discover a new world in two weeks and find the best solution for the rest of the year once there seemed ideal. I felt more than up to the challenge, happy about my choice of planning not to plan beyond what was necessary.

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My year away started as soon as I landed at Sydney airport. Of course, I had to move four times until I found the two girls that would become my best friends – and the best house!

Earning my MBA was hard to do in just one year. Plus, I had to work part-time to have some income, so I did all types of jobs foreigners do: waitress, cashier, shop girl and tourist guide. I met many people from a variety of backgrounds and with totally different ways of seeing things. No matter what, I was always happy to make new friends.

Once, when I decided to take golf lessons, I casually told some of those new friends. The result? 15 people came along and we formed our own group. Everyone got to know each other while totally missing the holes and digging up the turf. We had so much fun together I couldn’t believe it…people that seemed so different actually were very much alike.

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During the two-month summer break I didn’t want to go back home. Instead,  I chose to spend Christmas, New Year’s Eve and the entire Australian summer traveling. I wanted to see the desert and the rainforest.

Crazy as it sounds, I set out alone – I didn’t tell anyone until the very last minute – from the Great Ocean Road to Darwin and the Great Barrier Reef. It was the most extraordinary four weeks of my life! Early in the morning I could move, visit, walk and plan the rest of the day. From midday on, I had to travel by bus, truck or train because the heat and sun didn’t allow anyone to be outdoors. Traveling meant meeting new people. Arriving at a new locale meant discovering everything very quickly, finding a place to stay for the night, taking a shower and grabbing a bite. Nights had never been so quiet, peaceful and blissful – even when I knew I had no network connection!

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Once in Darwin I initially thought I’d go back to Sydney through the coast. But I didn’t want this trip to be over, and I had always wanted to visit Japan. So, just as easy as that, I went to Tokyo, Kyoto, Kiso Valley and other places – another two unforgettable weeks.

Finally, I made my way back to Darwin and went down the coast to Sydney, including a stop at Whitsunday Island. This last two weeks of total freedom helped me reconnect with the world, where I could better understand city life and language …and start getting ready for the final part of the MBA, resume my part-time job and return to the culture I knew.

  This last two weeks of total freedom helped me reconnect with the world, where I could better understand city life and language

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This trip, above any other trip I made, changed my life and changed me. Going back to Paris I knew I’d never be the same person. I felt free; those huge spaces of wonderful peaceful nature were with me forever –they gave me what I was missing in my previous “perfect” life.

Of course, I went back to work and to most of my “normal” activities, my friends and preferences. Yet, since then I live my life in a different way. I have strong values which  guide my life. I don’t judge anyone, I’m inclusive, my friends around the world are my family and tolerance became the leitmotiv in my life. That’s the power of travel!

About the Author

Adriana is a citizen of the world having lived in 14 countries and traveled to a hundred. She grew up discovering various cultures and languages that became part of who she is and what she stands for today.

She is a global branding, marketing and integrated communications expert & the CEO of 24-365 Online Consulting.

 Feels passionately about effective branding, marketing and communications with a clear focus on results within cross-functional and multi-cultural teams: diversity is a key driver for any company to grow sustain-ably.

12 replies on “Story of The One Who Has Traveled To a 100 Countries

  • Rusha hazra

    “Adriana is a citizen of the world having lived in 14 countries and traveled to a hundred”
    This mesmerized me

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  • Hima bindu

    After traveling through different countries we are very much familiar with their culture, activities and so on which enable us to communicate with them.Not only communication but also exploring new things is estatic

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  • Archana Jairam

    It was indeed motivating and inspiring to read your article. Made me want to travel more. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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  • chandan

    Adriana experience is a proven example that clearly indicates the impact of diversified culture on ones mind ,she made a right choice in life at the right time which made her realise her deeper passion for things and made her realise the importance of a community in ones life, this proved to be a live learning session for her and the rest of the people like me who enjoyed reading her post. Her enthusiasm to explore the mother earth made her understand more about global markets and as result she could turn her hobbies into a career for herself by understanding the customer demands, communication networks and global brands . This was really inspirational

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  • Kiren

    The Title was enough to fuel my curiosity & head over here immediately. 100 is indeed a big number but 96 countries still remain to be visited by you. I’ll be watching this space when you are done checking off every country from your bucket list. It was great knowing about the origins of traveler in you. This piece was full of passion & heart. As someone who is still in single digits of countries visited, I am truly inspired.

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  • shweta

    wow! A hundred countries? That’s so damn amazingggg! It’s like a dream come true. Sounds easy, but once you get habitual to a place, it’s quite tough to move, but it’s great that you welcome change and in fact love it more than anything else.

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  • Adriana

    Hi guys,
    I’ve been checking this space in silence for a while now. Every time I (re)read your comments, I’m so humbled.
    Thank you for sharing the same passion and love for the world! There’s so much to explore and discover…
    I’ll keep you posted on new adventures to come soon. Enjoy the ride! 😉
    Adriana

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