My name is Martina...
... and most probably you won’t find me in a fancy restaurant or five star hotel.
Nor you find me at the Full Moon party in Koh Phangan.
You’d rather be lucky to spot me at some remote place, swimming with sea turtles in the coral garden, wandering in deep woods, cliff diving on the secret island, kneeling in the jungle heavily covered with the mud when observing fauna and flora, staring up to the trees to spot monkeys or searching for some gold in the hidden creek.
My zodiac sign is Pisces and I must say... there must me something about it!
I just love to swim, dive, surf or just sit on the cliff watching that beautiful blue infinity which makes me always feel so free and connected with Mother Earth. Maybe that's one of the reasons why I travel so much - the luck of the sea in the Czech Republic - a picturesque small country I am originally from.
On the picture above I'm face to face with the whale shark in Philippines - it was one of the greatest feelings in my life to swim next to this gentle giant.
My journey began back in 2010 when I finished my studies at Film Academy
with specialization in film directing and editing.
Right after university I started to work in the film production company in Prague. Yep, I considered myself to be the lucky one, having pretty awesome job of talent hunter and directors' representative, very good salary and great colleagues.
But I have been stucked in the office staring at my screen all day long in the city
centre (Prague is undoubtly beautiful and magic city, but not the place which makes me happy at all). Most of all - my bosses were kind of people you don't want to deal with every
Very soon I ended up looking out of my office window every single day, dreaming about the places I would rather be at right now.
In the summer of 2011 I took a month vacation to do the USA roadtrip with my best friend.
It was my first big trip ever. Until then I've never been so far from home for that 'long', trying to manage everything on my own.
I loved that month of freedom but on the other hand I couldn't fully enjoy it. Just because every single day I was thinking that soon after I'll be back in my office and nothing's gonna change.
Just look up at the picture! That ginger head has to be me with my friends in LA's Universal Studios being all really happy about going back home!...
So no wonder I quit my job right after my return to Prague and in two months left to New Zealand. With one-year Working Holiday visa in my pocket, but... without plans, without money (well I had 95 USD), without job, without any contacts, without knowing where to sleep. Just plain me in New Zealand, the country where I was about to spend at least six months until my return flight.
New Zealand was the real eye opener for me. I've tried more than 10 jobs in less than 15 months (including calf rearing as you can see on the previous pic where I am with part of my calves I have raised). Most of the time I have been living in my camper van where I had all the stuff essential for living.
What's the most important, in New Zealand I have met plenty of travelers who deeply inspired me.
Many of them having the same story behind of quitting their well-paid jobs to live the life. Thanks to those open minded souls I realized I don't need to be a millionaire to travel the world and live a life of freedom.
At this point my traveling started for real. I've spent a month on a deserted island in Kingdom of Tonga drinking rain water, fishing my lunch, drinking hectolitres of coconut water and spending nights reading with candles. I've traveled throughout Southeast Asia for six months for less than 15 USD per day, five months I have been volunteering in Spain... and still on my way :)
I hope that my blog will help you with your travels, encourage you to always do what really makes you happy and to finally buy your ticket and go chase your dreams.
Have a beautiful day wherever you are and never EVER give up on your dreams...
Here's my confession!
As a non-native English speaker sometimes I am really sweating when writing in English. From time to time I am not sure what I am writing at all, when trying to express my thoughts the way I would love to. But in case my typos and grammar mistakes would drive you crazy, just don't read it :)