Personal Journey

Thank you Mr World – you broke my heart

I am forever thankful to my parents who introduced me to different cultures from a young age. Because of them, I have an insatiable desire to see the world and engage with as many cultures as possible. Every single time I travel and engage, more of my cultural defences are broken down. From the first time that I crossed your international borders, Mr World, you broke my heart.

By Mariette Conning, ago
Personal Journey

To find someone as awesome as my cousin

I recently moved a day's drive from my hometown, my family, my friends, basically my life. I got a job at a startup company which is a great opportunity. During my preparation to move, I flew to my future new home to look for accommodation. That Sunday, I was utterly surprised to find someone that I never knew and didn't really think I'll ever find. But let me backtrack a few decades.

By Mariette Conning, ago
Personal Journey

Why people travel and how it changes society

Traditionally, there has always been two main reasons why people travel for short periods of time. It is very common to have to choose between 'Business' or 'Leisure' on a visa application. However, recently a third reason has become very popular and is starting to change the face of travel. Choosing your travel destination based on the social impact that your trip can deliver has become more popular and accessible. But all our good intentions are not always so good for the community that we are going to 'impact'.

By Mariette Conning, ago