Travelers' Stories - Nádia Jivá

"Why do I travel? Traveling keeps me sane"

Photo by Nadia Jiva

Travelers' Stories - Nádia Jivá "Why do I travel? Traveling keeps me sane"

Nadia Jiva, a developer from Lisbon, explains her travel obsession.


At TRVL, we’re building towards a future where travelers can help each other make awesome travel decisions by sharing their local knowledge and advice. A community by travelers, for travelers.

So we've set out to ask travelers exactly why they travel. Here's the first in the series, from Nádia Jiva.

Q: Hey Nádia! Thanks for sharing your story. Will you tell everybody a bit about yourself?

My name is Nádia Jivá, I'm 34 years old and from sunny Lisbon in Portugal. I'm a software developer and I work to be able to travel!


Photo by Nadia Jiva

Nadia Jiva

Nadia Jiva

Q: Where was the last place you traveled? Do you have lots of travel plans for the year?

Berlin. But I already started the year in Cape Town and Luanda. In March I'm going to Paris and in May I'll be in Indonesia.

Q: If you could go anywhere in the world this year, where would it be and why?

Indonesia... and I already booked! I started traveling to Southeast Asia five years ago and I just fell in love with that area, so since I already know a little bit of Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines I figured it was time to get to know a new country.


Photo by Nadia Jiva

Nadia Jiva

Nadia Jiva

Q: Last, what does traveling mean for you? What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from traveling?

Traveling is a big part of my life and (like I'm always telling people!) having travel plans is what keeps me sane; to be able to escape from my normal and sometimes exhausting work life.

I think the most important thing I learn, whenever I travel, is to respect other cultures and people's perspectives. Having the luck to know a lot of countries and knowing the difference in how people see and experience the world has made me a better person in my personal and professional life.

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