My Journey Leaving My Small Hometown in Belgium: 9 Months of Adventure and Self-Discovery

RikVenture in Bali, Bali Sunset in the Background.

It’s been 9 months since I left my small hometown in Belgium, not knowing when or if I would ever come back. The original plan was to go to India, followed by a time in Bali. Little did I know that this journey would take me to places I never imagined.

In January 2023, I embarked on this adventure with a mix of excitement and uncertainty. India was the first stop on my itinerary. I spent time in Mumbai, exploring the bustling city and immersing myself in its vibrant culture. From there, I made my way to Goa, where I enjoyed the stunning beaches and laid-back atmosphere. Kerala was the next destination, with its serene backwaters and lush green landscapes.

After India, I set my sights on Bali. The island welcomed me with open arms, and I quickly fell in love with its beauty and charm. I took the time to explore every corner, from the famous rice terraces in Ubud to the stunning beaches in Seminyak. But what made my time in Bali truly special was the people I met along the way. I networked with like-minded individuals and had the opportunity to learn from their experiences. It was a transformative period of personal growth and self-discovery.

Feeling the need for more adventure, I decided to venture beyond Bali and explore Lombok. This lesser-known island, situated on the east of Bali, offered breathtaking landscapes and the magnificent Rinjani volcano. Little did I know that I would experience an earthquake during my stay at the foot of Rinjani. I woke up to the tremors, but at first, I didn’t realize what was happening. It was a surreal experience, and it reminded me of the unpredictable nature of life.

Thailand was the next stop on my journey. I flew from Indonesia to Bangkok to celebrate Songkran, the Thai New Year. The city came alive as people took to the streets with water guns, drenching each other in a playful water fight. After the festivities, I headed to Koh Phangan, where I lived in a villa with three friends for three months. It was a paradise of crystal-clear waters, stunning sunsets, and a vibrant community.

Once my time in Koh Phangan came to an end, I found myself drawn to DaNang in Vietnam. This city had everything I was looking for – modernity, tranquility, and affordability. With a population of one million, it was still relatively calm compared to the bustling streets of Bali. The affordability of Vietnam allowed me to fully immerse myself in the local culture and try new experiences.

Reflecting on the past nine months, I can say with certainty that this journey has been a transformative one. I have learned more about myself, gained a deeper understanding of who I am, and discovered my passion for business and entrepreneurship. But above all, I have learned about the beauty of human connection. The people I have met along the way have inspired me and taught me invaluable life lessons.

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