INA WO(A)NDERS: The start of a travel column
Dear Good Travel Community,
some of you may already know me - I'm Ina, Good Travel author and freelance journalist for climate, environment and sustainability. Since 2017 I have been living as a full-time vagabond writing and photographing on a Sailboat. That's why I'm constantly somewhere else - mostly in places where other people go on vacation. With a cat, a captain and, if possible, always a hand's breadth of water under the keel, I have already visited many coasts and islands in Greece, Croatia, Italy, Spain and Portugal explored.
Since my boat is only 13 meters long and 4 meters wide, unfortunately I can't take you all with me on my trips. But in this column I would like to invite you once a month from now on to at least accompany me on my mental journeys. Because when I'm constantly on the move, I experience and observe a lot that makes me curse, smile, think and be amazed. Fortunately, unlike my little floating home, I have plenty of storage space in my head for memories and thoughts about travel. And on the Good Travel Blog from now on a cozy, digital place where I can roll out my findings from the road, sort them anew and put them into words for you.
What does traveling have to do with happiness?
What does traveling have to do with happiness? What does a beach clean-up bring - apart from full garbage bags? Can you preserve holiday feelings? What are we looking for on the way? And what happens to us if we switch off our smartphone despite being highly Instagrammable? I would like to get to the bottom of these and other questions, peppered with anecdotes from my everyday travels on water and on land - even if not literally.
Before we start, I have a small request for you. Sometimes we sailors see nothing but the wide sea around us for days or weeks. Sometimes the water is very calm and reflects the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets for us. Then again it waves and dances around us. And every now and then it hisses nasty foaming like a monster. When we approach the country, we are mostly looking for secluded, enchanted bays and secret beaches.
All this not only makes you happy, but also occasionally a little lonely. That's why I and the Good Travel team would be very happy if you would share your philosophical travel thoughts with us. If you have any questions or suggestions, please use the comment function under the posts or send us an email [email protected]. In the best case, this column can become a place where our travels can have an impact. Where we capture what we found along the way together.