“A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.”
Moslih Eddin Saadi
Travelling can be the most lifechanging experience of each one of us, as much as it can be completely meaningless. It depends on how you go through travel. It depends on how much you let yourself go and how aware of the world you intend to be.
I need meaning in my travels as much as I need meaning in my life. To follow the crowd, to work in a suit and to achieve all people’s expectations about me is just not the way I would ever be happy. I enjoy freedom too much. I enjoy getting lost to found myself again too much. It’s just who I am.
After all, what is Speefous?
I have created an alter-ego with absolutely no meaning because I wanted it to be original, catchy and just mine. I wanted to create its own meaning, with all that I am. It is my brand. And behind a brand there is, at least, a person.
My real name is Margarida Almeida. I am a 21 year old portuguese girl who loves to travel and to write. And to dance (oh, if you only knew!). I am studying Hospitality Management, living with my parents, my sister and my beloved dogs and always looking for my next adventure!
I started to travel on my own in October 2012 and since then I visited 8 different cities. Yes, it is almost nothing but I am still studying, so I don’t have much time or money to travel as much as I want. However, the turning point of my travel life took place this last summer when I left my beloved Lisbon to work as a waiter in Halkidiki, Greece.
I can say it was a lifechanging experience because I can clearly define myself before Greece and after Greece. It’s like there is a clear line that separates one from another.
Now, I am finishing my bachelor’s degree and I started to save as much as I can to travel. Sometimes I find myself worrying about my professional life and struggling whether should I choose between my career and my dream to travel, or if there is a way to be able to do both. After all, I’m not one of those who want to let go of all they have worked for.
(Well, challenge accepted!)
Friendship has always been the most important part of my life. I am not one of those who have thousands of friends, but I really like to get in touch with the people I’ve met and that somehow made my trips memorable.
So, after Greece, my vision of the world and people had completely changed. And also my travel style. I found out that what I loved the most about traveling was to feel the authenticity of the place, the people and their culture. To live adventures and create stories. To measure my journey in friends, instead of distance or number of places where I have been.
After all, “happiness is only real when shared”.