Hey there! I’m Tiago Marques, a London-based UX Designer, and this is a blog on adventure travel and personal transformation – a collection of journals from my year exploring Southeast Asia and Australia in 2011-2012.
Any constructive feedback or questions, feel free to message me :) Cheers!
• My life motto is “Where there’s a will, there’s always a way”.
• I’m a personal development junkie and love feeding my mind with design, social dynamics, economics, spirituality and yoga.
• I’m a health and fitness junkie too. That’s just because if I spend more than two days without exercising, my back starts complaining like I’m 100 years old… Yeah, I know, high maintenance.
• People often tell me I look like Michael Keaton. Or Christopher Walken. Or Angelina Jolie’s dad. Nobody ever remembers the name of Angelina Jolie’s dad.
• As a kid I used to devour comic books, particularly stuff from Masami Kurumada, Moebius and Hugo Pratt, and wanted to become an inspirational storyteller. (I still do.)
• I love to travel, discover new perspectives on the World and learn about new cultures – but I guess you’ve figured that one out already!
COUNTRIES I’VE VISITED.
35 countries and counting! As of September 2015 I’ve become a freelance UX Designer, so hopefully I’ll get to travel and volunteer a bit more soon…
• Vietnam (Tam Coc, Hanoi, Cat Ba Island, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Dalat, Mui Ne, Mekong Delta, Phu Quoc, Ho Chi Minh)
• Ukraine (Vilkovo, Karolina Bugaz, Kherson, Odessa, Chernobyl, Kiev)
• Thailand (Koh Tao, Koh Samui, Chiang Rai, Pai, Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Bangkok, Koh Phayam, Khao Sok, Phuket, Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Krabi, Koh Lanta, Koh Lipe)
• Sweden (Bollna, Stockholm)
• Spain (Lanzarote, Madrid, Barcelona, Mallorca, various locations)
• Slovenia (Ljubljana, various locations)
• Singapore (Singapore)
• Scotland (Edimburgh, Glasgow)
• Russia (Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Pavlovo, Tumbotino, St. Petersburg)
• Poland (Jelenia Gora, Krakow, Gdansk, Sopot, Gdynia)
• Philippines (El Nido, Port Baron, Dumaguete, Bantayan Isle, Cebu)
• Norway (Norvik)
• Northern Ireland (Belfast, various locations)
• Morocco (Marrakesh, various locations)
• Malta (various locations)
• Malaysia (Taiping, Pulau Langkawi, Pulau Penang, Cameron Highlands, Pulau Pangkor, Kuala Lumpur, Melaka)
• Laos (Si Phan Don, Tham Khonglor, Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang)
• Italy (Florence, Vatican City, Rome, Verona, Venice)
• Indonesia (Gili Isles, Yogyakarta, Ubud, Sanur)
• Holland (Amsterdam)
• Greece (Athens)
• Germany (Dresden)
• France (Paris, Angoulême)
• Finland (Helsinki)
• Estonia (Tallinn)
• England (London, Oxford, Glastonbury, various locations)
• Denmark (Copenhagen, Esbjerg)
• Czech Republic (Prague)
• Croatia (Tisno)
• China (Hong Kong, Macau, Great Wall, Beijing, Shenzen)
• Cape Verde (various locations)
• Canada (Vancouver, Calgary-Banff-Jasper, Winnipeg, Niagara Falls, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax)
• Cambodia (Siem Reap / Angkor, Phnom Penh, Kratie)
• Austria (Salzburg)
• Australia (Brisbane, Alice Springs / Uluru and Kata Tjuta, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Freemantle)