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.

Moco in Cochabamba, Bolivia

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.

Meet My Travel Dummies!

Moco in Cochabamba, Bolivia

Alter Ego

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!

Cachupin in Beijing, China

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!

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2 Comments »

  1. A stunningly simple yet brilliant idea – and funny as well.

    When my daughter was little I used to take one of her stuffed toys into work and on work trips etc. and take pictures of it making coffee, inspecting products etc. It used to make her laugh… I’m not sure what my co-worker thought,,,

    So no, you’re no the only nutter out there!

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