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A Trip Inside My Deepest Fears

A Trip Inside My Deepest Fears

These days, the most important person in my life left…

Irina went to the United States! For the first time, she left and I stayed.

We’ve been traveling together non-stop and also living abroad for a long time.

We’re sharing the same room and all the little things.

We’re fighting over the non-sense things, but always go to sleep content.

So, what do you do when the most important person in your life leaves?

Last days, I found myself crying. I found myself lost. I found myself alone. I found myself scared.

I also had my reasons.

Two summers ago, life almost took her away from me. We got back in Romania just in time to avoid the biggest trauma that could have ever happen.

But, let’s get back a little. Why did I REALLY cry?

Because I need to learn to be alone at home. And this might be scary when you’re doing it for the first time.

I liked the idea of the “Manciu Traveling Sisters” or the idea of “The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants”.

Also, a part of me always wanted to become better FOR HER.

A part of me always wanted to be her ROLE MODEL, her guide.

A part of me always wanted to show “What a great sis I am…”

My temptation was always to overprotect her. Unfortunately, this looks more like a dependency …

And dependency means crying.

So, what do you do when the most important person in your life leaves?

You learn to let go.

You decide to grow-up together, but on separate ways.

My heart is full of gratitude.

My sister is now having the trip of her life!

I trust her completely.

She is on the way to become a more mature being.

And this trip doesn’t include me. Nobody can do this for her. Just her, alone.

What might seem like a “crying situation” is, in fact, the biggest blessing I can have for this summer.

Because by being away, Irina is helping me with the biggest challenge of my life.

She is helping me move my focus. My attention. My energy. 

Love is the capacity of being alone.

Love is the capacity of letting the other go, knowing that they’ll be fine and their happiness doesn’t depend on you.

Love is being able to share, to go into the deepest core of the other without possessing, without dragging, without becoming dependent and without becoming addicted.

Love is freedom.

Love is evolution.

Love is offering space for growing and self-development.

Love is watering the plants and having no certainty if they’ll grow.

My room is empty now.

But I trust that when it will be full again, we will have a greater perspective upon the world and our souls.

See you on the other side,

sunsets

 

 

 

What can you do in 365 days?

What can you do in 365 days?

What if you knew when you were going to die… at the exact moment? Would you change what you’re doing today? Would you think about the hours you’ve wasted staring at screens and watching other people live their lives? Would you feel anxious?

Imagine you knew the exact amount of time you had left right now… Would you spend more of it doing the things you love? Would you draft up and act out your grand plans? Would you go on the adventures you’ve dreamt of as a kid? Would you get off your ass and knock down your walls with the drive and courage to chase your dreams? You’ve only got so many days… What have you done with the last 365?

What if you could control how fast time goes? You already know that months fly by when you’re living every day the same. And you also know those special days that feel like a whole week. The days filled with adventures and new experiences and lasting memories.

You have to ask yourself what you want, no one else will figure it out for you. You have to make your own plans. You have to put your own energy into it, and you have to start now.

365 days

Stop making excuses, and take control of your life. Time is passing, and you’re still staring at a screen… What are you waiting for? What are your dreams and ambitions? What are you doing to make them a reality?

What will you do in the next 365 days?  Are you living or just existing?

Thank you to our readers. We hope that you have enjoyed reading our blog as much as we have enjoyed writing it. We’ve been traveling to Barcelona, Milano, Lake Como, Maramures, Bucegi Mountains, Stockholm, Aya Napa in Cyprus, Eguisheim, Colmar, Strasbourg, Mannheim, Munchen, Prague, Retezat Mountains. 7 countries, without counting Romania. Let’s prepare for an amazing 2018!

 

Travel passionately,

Stockholm

 

 

Accepting My Next Nomadic Life Move – Dream Board Analysis

Accepting My Next Nomadic Life Move – Dream Board Analysis

Do you usually make a dream board at the beginning of the year? And if you do, do you revise it before the year ends to see how much you achieved?

In the beginning of 2017, I made this dream board. And I completely forgot about it. There were mostly places I wanted to visit, a few things I wanted to experience, and a few fears I wanted to conquer. I also left a lot of room for unexpected situations. They came in under the form of love, personal growth, happiness and a looot of pain.

Now that I look back at this dream board, I am so grateful that I didn’t plan it all. I am so grateful that I forgot about it and I let life flow. See, I have the tendency to move straight forward through life. It’s either black or white. It’s either day or night. But nature never moves in straight lines, only basic human logic does. Sunsets and sunrises, the moments when nature is neither daylight nor nightlight, are the most beautiful moments throughout the day.

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Romania

Nature creates perfect order from chaos. Nature never moves in straight lines, only the human mind does. So when I made this dream board, I left room for angles and for chaos. Now, I want to create even more. I trust that nature will create the perfect order for me. All I have to do is let go and slip into the gap.

So I booked a trip…

There will be two weeks of traveling solo, journaling and accepting “My Next Nomadic Life Move”. (one of the fears I want to conquer) This translates into: “accepting uncertainty”, “accepting living for today”, “slip into the gap “, “be alone for a while, trust in yourself.”

Cluj-Napoca – Nurenberg – Mannheim – Colmar – Eguisheim – Strasbourg – Mannheim – Munchen – Prague – Munchen – Nurenberg – Cluj – Napoca.

 

There will be two weeks of reflection on everything I received. There will be two weeks when I want to make contact with the invisible power within me. What might seem like a “run-away-from-everything-trip”, transformed into a “dig-in-everything-you-learnt-and-create-something-extraordinary”.

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Do you think a nomadic lifestyle is the new rich?

For me, this trip is the adult version of the Work & Travel Program. It is the Work & Travel on Ioana’s Terms & Conditions. This is what I always dreamed of…working remotely while taking care of my soul and visiting inspiring destinations. The truth is, I will always be a nomad soul. I love freedom. When routine kicks in, I will break it. I will shake my world. I will not wait for somebody else to wake me up or make me happy. Being able to work and travel at the same time, knowing that my base is in Romania, is something I wished for a long time. And this is the richest gift that life could offer me.

12 months almost gone, but how many moments?

How do you measure your time? When you look at your year, did it feel like 12 months? Did it feel empty or full? My time doesn’t measure in months. My time measures in moments. And lately, I missed these alive moments. These truly happy alive moments when I get goosebumps because my thoughts and emotions are so strong that they reflect in my body. I know that it is only from that state of mind that I can create my life.

So what better way than traveling solo, confronting myself and figuring out what I really want? My plane will leave soon. Let’s hope this trip will bring me the answers I need. Let’s start creating. Will you do the same?

Travel passionately,

Stockholm

 

 

P.S Keep an eye on the blog. I’ll share everything that I’ll find interesting in these places.

Celebrating 18 Years of Friendship with a Gift for Word Traveler Readers!

Celebrating 18 Years of Friendship with a Gift for Word Traveler Readers!

Do you have that friend that you can call anytime in the night? That friend that you don’t have to worry if he/she sees your room dirty? That friend that accepts you with the good and bad and witnesses your transformation through life?

Word Traveler would like to welcome Andreea Cîra from Adeona Wanderlust to our group of guest writers. Eighteen years ago, Ioana and Andreea met in their 1st grade, shy and curious about what life has to offer. Andreea discovered she had a calling for geography, Ioana discovered she had a calling for writing. Meanwhile, life showed them they both had a passion for traveling, knowledge and personal development. Their friendship grew stronger and stronger over the years, no matter if they were apart. Today, they meet in writing, to talk about finding a meaning in life, the power of freeing yourself and how you can achieve that state of flow through mountain activities and sports

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My Summer At Home After 5 Years of Traveling. Here’s what I learnt…

My Summer At Home After 5 Years of Traveling. Here’s what I learnt…

There was a woman living in a beautiful home in the countryside. The house had a porch, big sunny windows, and the front door had an opening to a garden full of flowers.

One day, the woman was found outside her yard by her Gardner. She was intently searching the ground near a lamppost, so he asked her about the goal of her quest.

I’m looking for the keys of my house“, she replied worried and anxious.

The Gardner helped her to look for the keys for a few minutes, but without success. Then he asked her whether she is certain that she dropped the keys near the lamppost.

No“, she replied. I lost the keys somewhere inside the house.

My lady, you lost the keys inside the house? asked the Gardner surprised and irritated. “Why do look for them out here?”

The house is too dark, the electricity just went off and I can’t see very well. I came out to the lamppost because the light is much better here.”

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Lavander Farm – A Place to Travel with Your Mind and Kill The Routine

Lavander Farm – A Place to Travel with Your Mind and Kill The Routine

Imagine you're 80 and you look back in your life and all you can see is the routine of your office and house. Do you like what you see? Was it worth it?

I may not know your answer, but I know one thing:

The problem with routine is that it compresses life.

Routine is the enemy of time. It makes time fly by so fast, that you'll wake up in your 80's and feel like a marionette. Controlled by time.

When your brain establishes a routine, it stops thinking and it stops being awake. It goes through life on auto-pilot.

And here comes "The Traveling".

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4 Reasons Why You’ll Always get a Job if you Traveled

4 Reasons Why You’ll Always get a Job if you Traveled

“What if you come back home and nobody will hire you (and marry you -and love you- and be friends with you again)”?

 

I get this question from many students who want to travel with Erasmus and Work & Travel, but are afraid that when they are coming back, they can’t catch up with home again.

There are usually 2 answers that I give to this question.

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FSEGA’s reaction on Word Traveler Dissertation Thesis

FSEGA’s reaction on Word Traveler Dissertation Thesis

Dear FSEGA,

The day we say goodbye has come. I don’t know if I am happy or not, but I am for sure, grateful that we were together 5 years.

Thank you for the most amazing time of my life. Thank you for funding me 5,000 euros to study in Portugal and The Netherlands, thank you for sending me to the USA 3 times. Thank you for making my holidays more beautiful with the summer schools. Thank you for all the moments I spent with my colleagues in the dorms. Thank you for transforming 3 colleagues into 3 friends for life. Thank you for giving me access to free education and to some amazing teachers.

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6 Student Scholarships to Get in 2017

6 Student Scholarships to Get in 2017

 

student scholarships in 2017There’s nothing more fulfilling for me than to receive messages like this one from people that I don’t know. Since I launched Word Traveler, I got more than 20 private messages to talk with students about scholarships, Erasmus programs, Work & Travel,  how we can travel, what options do we have, where are the grants available and how do we get them. There is an official Erasmus+ Guide of 327 pages which I am not sure who reads it, so…

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Merry Christmas from Cluj-Napoca, the heart of Transylvania

Merry Christmas from Cluj-Napoca, the heart of Transylvania

A beautiful year abroad is slowly passing by and I want to express my gratitude to all my international friends that helped me feel part of their cultures and offered me tours, rides, maps, food, ice-cream, accommodation, wine, parties, dances, safety, smiles, hugs and everything that you normally have when you are home.

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