I keep a list of 400+ reasonably good films I have seen.
Here is a Spanish language trainer (in Estonian) that I have written for my own use.
- Kuznetski Alatau, Siberia, 1989
- Tien-Shan, 1989
- India, Jan/Feb 1999
- Laos and Thailand, Sept/Oct 1999
- Nepal and India, Mar/Apr/May 2000
- Burma and Cambodia, Oct/Nov/Dec 2000
- Garhwal & Kumaon Himalaya, May/Jun 2001
- Patagonia (Argentina & Chile), Jan/Feb 2002
- A short trip to Helambu (Nepal), Nov 2002
- France and Corsica, Apr 2003
- Ladakh and Zanskar, Sep 2003
- Spain and Gibraltar, May 2004
- Peru and Bolivia, Oct-Nov 2004
- Ecuador, Nov-Dec 2005
- Carretera Austral (Chile-Argentina), Jan-Feb 2007
- Hiiumaa, Jul 2007
- Kinnaur and Spiti, May-Jun 2008
- North Sumatra, Dec 2008
- North Greece, Sep-Oct 2009
- Argentina and Brazil, Jan 2010
- Sarek (Swedish Lapland), Jul-Aug 2010
- Nepal (Mesokanto La), Sep-Oct 2010
- Indian Himalaya (Rupin pass), May 2015
- Argentina, Feb 2016
Why do you travel? I travel because it makes my world larger. Some people
experience only their own culture in their own neck of woods; their image
of the world is mostly limited to this small sphere even though they know
a lot of facts about other places. Far away lands are
called "exotic" and foreigners are often considered weird people who have not
been fortunate enough to be born in the right place. Education, books,
arts, etc are not enough to shatter this view, but a first independent
trip to a country with a radically different culture is often enough.
As for a suggestion for that first destination,
India is hard to beat
if you come from the Western civilisation. South-East Asia isn't bad
either, provided you pick the less visited places like Burma and
stay away from the beaches of Thailand.
Crossing land borders instead of flying in can be an eye-opener.
Half-round-the-world cyclists Hilde and Sönke thought
they wouldn't see abrupt cultural changes on their journey from
Belgium to Sydney because the bicycle doesn't go very fast. Instead
they found the attitude changes instantly when you cross the border.
My own experience is the same, although I haven't crossed quite as many borders.
We only live once, Sönke said in Laos.
I feel drawn to mountains. I'm not into technical climbing, though I do
appreciate using my own feet as transport and going to a peak
is an adventure in its own right. In the valleys, difficult terrain makes
access hard and keeps cultures diverse instead of letting them melt into one
like on flat lands.
Mountainous landscape usually has its own emotional character, and
people living there incorporate it into their culture.
Some of my dream destinations combine mountains with borders, they are
cultural transition areas in the
end of the world
where few tourists visit. Following the Tsangpo river from Tibet into
in India (where it becomes Brahmaputra) is one of them. Another
Indo-Tibetan transition zone, the
Garhwal-Tibet border crossed by
Harrer near Gangotri is on the list as well. Neither of them is
easy to do though, as both borders are closed for foreigners.
Don't let that disturb you, though; read about
Lajos Jozsa -- things are doable even if there is no obvious way.
Spiti and Kinnaur fascinate me too, as does Afghanistan and the whole
Central Asia in general. South America was fantastic and I'm sure I'll
return, especially to Buenos Aires.
I'm drawn to Asia due to its diversity and the people, and Himalaya
in particular, for the same reasons. Your own preferences may differ,
some have better contact with Africa or South America.
Study the World touristiness map and
read about other journeys, or go on and have your own.