Nadine Wick, the founder of travelling community Bond n Fly, discusses her passion for travelling the world in her exclusive heart-to-heart with LocalBini. She talks about her desire to see the world and to incite in other people the desire do the same.
What is your passion?
I am passionate about discovering the world. I love learning about different people and their cultures. I am convinced that by travelling you get a better understanding of the world. It helps people become more open-minded and more tolerant. When I travel, I love to immerse myself in my destination by getting to know the local lifestyle. I am always interested in what I can learn from the locals. Travelling is also my way of disconnecting from what I know so that I can see things from a different perspective.
Would you say you fulfil your passion for a living?
Since October 2016, I can definitely say that I have dedicated my life to fulfilling my passion. I have no regrets and would encourage everyone to do the same. Of course, it is not always easy. There are doubts and uncertainties that come along with it. But at the end of the day, doing what I love is so fulfilling that it is worth all the trouble.
How do you define success and how do you measure up to your own definition of it?
In my opinion, success is different for everybody. Generally speaking, it is the fulfilment of your personal goals. To me, success is being able to make a living out of my passion. I want to travel the world as much as I can and inspire other people to do the same. I want to incite in people the desire to discover our planet and its inhabitants. At the same time, I want to maintain a good work-life balance. I want to be able to spend time with my family and friends. I know it’s hard to have it all, but if the end result is worth it, it is worth a try.
Does your job involve travelling or meeting people from around the world?
My job involves both and this is actually one of the main reasons I love my job so much. Because of the service I am offering, it is important that I visit many places, to try the accommodations I provide in my packages. I also aim to test, if time permits, the activities I offer. This gives me the opportunity to travel a lot and to meet interesting people from all around the world.
How much do you value travelling? What does travelling mean to you?
As I come from a globe-trotting family, I have always been travelling a lot. In fact, I can say I regard travelling as a sort of addiction: I cannot imagine life without travelling. I feel the need to do it often to disconnect and recharge my batteries.
Actually, my personal goal is to visit all the countries in the world. I once calculated what I should do to reach my goal: if I keep up my current pace and visit 3 new countries per year, I should be able to reach it by retirement. Fingers crossed!
What is it you love about travelling?
At first, I was mostly travelling to discover new places. I was trying to make the most out of my trips by visiting as many places in one go as I possibly could. It all changed a few years back when I realised that the true value of travel does not come from the number of places you visit. It comes from the people you meet and the experiences you share with them. These are the memories that last, not the monuments you see. Since that realisation, I try to experience my destination and not just “visit it”. I look for a local bed and breakfast to stay in, for example, or search for a cooking course to do. Anything really that helps me interact with the local population.