Hi, I’m Jono. I started See Something. All I wanted was a story. It didn’t have to be a good one, anything with a hero or too much bravado. But one to show that I made a mark and proved that I was there, somewhere, anywhere. A story that would be solely my own and something I could be remembered for.
I spent so long travelling with this one purpose, this one ideal. Throughout the earlier part of my life I had journeyed the entire world. Well, the entire known world. It was already all there on a map. I would stare for hours planning routes from north to south, east to west. I would trace my finger along highways between capitals just to see how far I could get without falling off the edge. I would find the symbol for an airport in one continent and link it to another. The minuscule islands at the centre of the oceans were my favourite. How would someone even get there? Did anyone live there? Could they be my own if I ever reached them and stayed there long enough?
Everyone at one stage in their lives will leave their home to seek something new, something unknown. They will always have their own deeply personal reasons as to the why. This separation from the old and familiar to the new and foreign can be one of the hardest challenges they will ever face. In the beginning my reason was the drive to just see something. The idea of home would become lost along the way, to something I would carve out wherever I landed. So often I would be forced to start over. And in each of these moments the discovery, and the struggle, would be more incredible than the last.
Some of My Most Popular Posts:
- Russia Chapter 3: Summer
- The Right to Survive in the City of God
- A Hole in Your Heart? A Whole New World.
Current Location: Just back home after completing the Pan-American Highway
See Something also has correspondents from all over the world!
I didn’t move out my parents’ house, I moved out of my country. With Australia being far from everywhere I was determined to do more than visit overseas for a three week holiday. I wanted to live, work, learn, experience highs and lows and discover if I could make it anywhere. Five years in Europe took me to big cities, small town, festivals and a number of different jobs. I could have stayed forever, I might still go back but for now I needed somewhere further.
My youth and curiosity got me to Europe however it was falling in love that got me to my real passion, Colombia. Like many men before me, I moved overseas for a girl. It sounds romantic and I guess it is, but it’s never easy.
Travelling is the most expensive form of education. Studying isn’t necessary but preparation is. Daily I find myself adjusting my predetermined view of a nation, culture, or belief and I will continue to do so. What a place was yesterday is not always what it will be tomorrow. Everyplace, everywhere is constantly changing and I love bearing witness to that, embracing the new and waving back and the old. Future generations will look at blogs and travel articles of a time when travelling was fully embraced and technology was integrated on so many levels. It will allow people to have a glimpse not just to what it is like to travel the world, but what it was like in 2013. Think about reading travel blogs from the 1930’s with videos, selfies, Instagram accounts, Twitter feeds, and Facebook posts. It would be an immense amount of information with hilariously dated perceptions. Until travelling into the past becomes a reality let’s document in whatever way we see fit for the future.
This is for us and those to come.
Some of His Most Popular Posts:
- Death By A G-String Festival
- The Penniless Joy of A Colombian Expat in London
- Colombia’s World Cup Passion – Do You Have Yellow Fever?
Current Location: Bogota, Colombia
Lauren currently lives in Boulder, Colorado. This is where she has decided to spend the last few years enjoying all the skiing, green grass, and sunny weather she started to miss while living in Moscow, Russia for two and a half years. Her posts attempt to shed a little light on some of the freedoms, deep romanticism, and profoundly absurd situations she is starting to miss after leaving Russia.
Current Location: Boulder, Colorado