Don’t miss what’s next.
Don’t miss what’s next. Get ready for
the next leap

Kim, Kaan, Roel, Yohan, Claudio, Fernando, Masaharu.
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chapter 01
If you don't face your problems,
they'll follow you wherever you go.
Claudio
chapter 02
I studied fashion,
now I'm trying to change it.
Kim
chapter 03
So I decided to
give my city a chance.
Kaan
chapter 04
Be prepared to sacrifice
everything for happiness.
Fernando
chapter 05
I overcame my fears through my aspirations.
Hyoungtae Yohan
chapter 06
If you want to follow
your passion, make it your job.
Nicoletta
chapter 07
The best day to get
started on something is yesterday.
Roel
chapter 08
Work smart to work less.
Masaharu
chapter 09
I have overcome difficulties by pushing myself even harder.
Ibby
chapter 010
I am the sole master of my destiny.
Jakub
If you avoid
your problems,
they will follow
you wherever you go.
a story by Claudio Pelizzeni
Claudio Pelizzeni

Leaving a job in a bank behind him, Claudio set off on a 1000-day trip around the world, without boarding a single plane. On his blog, TripTherapy, he shares how diabetes, the scepticism of his friends and the comforts of metropolitan life haven't curbed his desire to travel.

This is the life
I always dreamed of.

I'm 2000 metres above sea level, and I just returned from a hike in the Himalayas with a group of Italian kids. Today my job consists of helping people who want to enjoy an authentic travel experience that is tied to the local culture, following routes that a traditional tour operator cannot offer: we explore Iceland, we cross Vietnam, we track the migratory trails of the Berber nomads.

However, just four years ago, I was working as a Small Business Relationship Manager for a bank in Milan.

A good job, a nice house, a girlfriend, but nothing that really set my heart on fire.

On 27 October 2013, I came to a realisation. I was on the train home when the autumn sunset made me look up from my phone.
I have seen far more impressive sunsets in my life, but I immediately knew that this one was special.

I understood that if I wanted to be happy everything had to change.

I realised that the only time I could be myself was when I was travelling, and that was what I should be doing. Telling stories, engaging with new cultures and travelling.

When you make a decision like that, nothing is certain except your belief that you are going in the right direction.

You have to cling to that certainty. My family, my friends and my superiors were all sceptical. The hard part was convincing them this wasn't just a random impulse or a holiday. It was a project: 1000 days around the world, crossing 45 borders, travelling only by land and sea.

I understood their concerns; on a journey like this you can run into the wrong people, waste time, get lazy on the move, or even come to a stop. But I knew where I wanted to go.

Right from the very beginning, this project was more demanding than a job.

On top of travelling, every day I had to write articles for my blog, record videos and take photographs.

Between an ocean crossing on board a freighter and a stop in Morocco, I was also able to finish my book, which I wanted to write on the move to capture the vibrations of the journey.

"L’orizzonte ogni giorno un po’ più in là" (Horizon, every day, a bit further) was originally self-published, but it quickly caught the attention of a large Italian publishing house.

In terms of the commercial aspects, such as managing my relationships with the publishers and the filmmakers who are creating a documentary on my story, my previous work proved to be an asset. Other than that, I feel like I threw away 10 years of my life.

In life, there is nothing worse than goodbyes.

Relationships are the most exciting things you can build on a journey, but they are also what keeps you from setting off again.
At first I had to leave everything behind, including my partner. A solitary journey awaited me. I couldn't take on another person's dreams, especially if they belonged to the part of my life that wasn't working anymore.

Travelling has changed the way I experience relationships. In Brazil I met a girl, and we shared an important story. We travelled together for a couple of beautiful months, made even more intense by the knowledge that they would come to an end. I thought about breaking my journey, but I knew I would have to live with the regret of stopping.

I would never claim that in order to be happy you have to quit your job and explore the world.

There are moments in life, however, when you reach a crossroads and have to choose which path to take.

At moments like these, you have to ask yourself the right questions. You must have the courage to look within yourself, be honest and ask yourself what really makes you happy.

I had my moment of truth, and I found my balance in nature.

Nature is an excellent counsellor: when you look at the Himalayas and their immensity, you realise how small we are and how insignificant our problems. That view puts everything into perspective.

I can’t go back to paperwork after living in a tent in Patagonia for two months.
If, someday, I decide to stop, maybe in four or five years’ time, it will be in a place where nature reigns. The where is not important.

My comfort zone has grown so much that I can feel at home anywhere.

To feel good today, all I need is a chat over a cup of coffee.

For the moment, my backpack is my number one travelling companion. Those 18 kg have been my entire life for the past three years. Every now and then I look at it and say to myself: let's go, it's time to leave.

I don't think there's anything that can stop me.
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Kim
I studied fashion,
now I'm trying to change it.
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