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Why this Journey?

It’s probably never the right time to go on a long-term journey around the world. However, this summer several conditions were fulfilled which made the current point in time perfect for a long term journey:
– I’m in a good physical and psychical condition,
– I have nobody to take care about such as kids or parents in the need of care,
– I’m single so that no relationship will break-up while I’m travelling,
– I’ve saved-up lots of vacation time during the past years and might want to change my professional life after my return.

Therefore, I thought that now it the perfect timing for a long-term journey and simply signed-up for it. But on the other side it also feels strange to pause your conventional life for a bit more than one year. I will not worry anymore about business cases, value creation, efficiencies and so on. My greatest challenges will probably be to deal with the corrupt practices of second and third world countries, find a hot shower and cock something eatable for my fellow travelers.

But this journey will for sure have a long-lasting effect on my life and the way I see and approach things. When you are stuck in the recurring activities of your everyday live it is harder to see things from a totally different perspective and enhance the way you are thinking and acting.

I decided to travel to places which are harder to reach (e.g. Sudan, Iran) which do not have a strong tourist flavor and require time to be travelled to. Therefore I excluded places like the US, South East Asia or Australia straight away not just because I have been there already but mainly because I can still travel to these places when I’m older or a family is travelling with me. I also put focus on my white spots meaning places where I have a strong desire to travel to and where I have not been so far.

So I hope that you cross your fingers that all my travels will go well and that you read my blog from time to time to see how I’m doing…

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  1. Alex C. #

    Dear Katja,

    I wish you all the best for your journey! Hopefully, everything turns out the way you want it to be. I hope that we’ll continue our series of lunches in a year’s time (no insects, please).

    Warm Regards,

    September 30, 2011
    • Katja #

      Okay, I will not collect and dry the cockroaches in my room in Cairo for our next joint lunch :-)

      October 15, 2011
  2. Hej Katja,

    We are getting quite jealous with regards to your journey and are looking forward to follow up with you on your blog. Remember, there is always a place to crash in Frankfurt!
    We want pictures! Tons of them!

    Julia & Bernhard

    September 30, 2011
  3. Daniel #

    Hey Katja,

    habe versucht Dich zu erreichen, aber irgendwie sind Deine Nummern ständig besetzt oder offline. Ich finde es toll, dass Du diese Reise machst!

    Lieber Gruss

    October 4, 2011
  4. Michael #

    Hey Katja,

    today is the first day of your travels. Hope you got your plane in time (passport sent to the airport to be picked up by you only minutes before departure – that’s Katja as we know her *g*).

    Wish you all the best and a lot of fun!

    October 11, 2011

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