Lovely Local Encounters - A Compilation

Lovely Local Encounters - A Compilation

August 14, 2020

It’s About the Encounters You Have Along the Way  

They say it’s about the journey, not just the destination. But what about the people you meet along the way? The conversations you can’t stop thinking about, the people whose journeys and life stories stay with you and inspire you to change your own life. The strangers who help you out of the pure kindness of their heart and with nothing in return. The lifelong friends you meet in hostels. These connections are what make our trips to faraway lands memorable and impactful. Read on for the encounters our travel tribe encountered on their journeys:

The first person that introduced me to the nomadic lifestyle, he was a programmer or something like that, and to this day he is one of the most important people in my life. He showed me possibilities that I didn't know existed and after that I started looking for a way to live my life differently.

- Majo Wazowski,  @majowazowski

I was at a vegan restaurant in Santiago, Chile last year and ended up sharing a table with a woman because the restaurant was small. We talked for like an hour and a half, paid, hugged, and parted ways.It was one of my first major trips as a solo traveler and I think about that conversation a lot still!

- Maria José Palacios Figueroa

I met an amazing girl in Rome! I resonated a lot with her, she was very interesting and it was nice to be around her. I always ask this question when I meet people travelling: what advice would you give after what you have experienced, seen, learned, etc. in your travels? Her answer was golden: "I would say never expect anything, I haven't been disappointed in one single place because I go with an open mind" and that was THE advice for me.

  • Annonymous

I feel like I have SO many of these stories! I met a guy at a bus station in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and he helped me so much, protected me on the bus and got me on the ferry 2 mins before it left!

In France, I met a guy in a hostel after snowboarding and we talked all things feminine and masculine energy, raising consciousness of humanity, and energy healing.

In Indonesia, I spent 1 minute looking into someone's eyes without saying a word and that brought up so much in me.

In Myanmar, a couple came up to me and talked to me about my aura, and that 2-minute exchange really affected my perspective on things!

In Turkey, I had a conversation with a random person whose flight also got delayed, sitting on the floor of the airport and it was like a deep dive life coaching session!

SO many crazy experiences with strangers abroad!

  • Kerri Leigh, @kerriomwithlove

I was on a bus headed to Nepal from Risihikesh, India. I sat next to a Portuguese guy whom I totally ignored. He tried to talk to me because it was a 4-hour ride. We started talking and there was a connection, some sort of chemistry. By the end of the ride, we both transferred buses, I had to go to Nepal and he had to go to Goa. We had 30 more minutes until my bus departed, so he asked me to have tea with him. We talked more and exchanged contact information. When it was time for me to go, we both seemed awkward when we were picking up our backpacks. We leaned in for a hug and he kissed me on the cheek and we looked at each other while walking away and that was that. When I got to Nepal, I sent him a message saying that it was nice to meet him, and if I didn't have to get to Nepal because my Indian visa was about to expire, I would have changed my plans to go with him to Goa. He wrote back "I felt the chemistry too." 

  • Stephanie Wang, @heycoachsteph

I was at a Wanderlust Yoga Festival in either Aspen, CO or Lake Tahoe, CA (not sure which). In a workshop, we worked on our values: brainstorming, identifying, and prioritizing them. I was paired with a woman who captured my imagination...I LOVED some of her values. When it was my turn to share, I looked down at my own list and realized that my values were more than a decade old and had grown stale. I updated them in that workshop, with her inspiration, and have lived a more vibrant, true life ever since.

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