I’m counting down the days to my 30th birthday and I go around taking pictures of stuffed toys. I have to admit I’m fully aware of how weird that is and I even feel awkward at times. But that does not keep me from doing it.
How did it all start?
As I shared in a previous post (Why Travel Solo?), I started traveling solo in 2012 and at that time it was not as common as today. Therefore, people would ask me questions like: “Why do you travel alone? Don’t you have friends?”. Well I do have friends and I enjoy traveling with them when possible. Yet I’m an introvert and there’s something about going places alone that is highly exciting and deeply fulfilling.
After reading an article about a guy who traveled the world with a hedgehog, I thought to myself: “I like that! Maybe I can try something similar!”. And this is how it all started.
There are other, more profound reasons why I chose to do this, though. I’m a bit camera shy and jealous of my privacy, therefore I use puppets as an alter ego, in order to avoid overexposure.
At the same time, I don’t want to build my personal identity on social media. Way too many people seek validation on Facebook, Instagram & Co. and their sense of worth depends on people’s likes and comments. I don’t want to be that guy!
Nomad dummies around the world, unite!
I once saw a Chinese tourist in Beijing taking pictures of her stuffed toy and I was happy to see there are other weirdos, like me, around the Globe. I am in search of other traveling dummies, so if you know any please let me know!