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FAQs

FAQs

1 Why are you calling your project “The Road Provides”?
2 What is your project about?
3 When did you start travelling and how many countries have you visited?
4 Travelling cost a fortune, how do you do it?
5 How much money do you spend travelling?
6 Where are you from / where do you live?
7 What are your 10 favourite countries?
8 Which countries would you visit again?
9 Why do you travel alone? Don’t you feel lonely?
10 Have you feared for your life? Did ever something bad happening to you?
11 What have you learned in your travels?
12 Did you study photography?
13 Why do you like photography so much?
14 Is photography your job?
15 What camera do you use?

 

1 Why are you calling your project “The Road Provides”?

“The Road Provides” is a motto that came to me unconsciously, I wasn’t looking for a name. It happened in 2011, when I started my first solo trip in Iceland and the US. I faced many difficulties, like getting lost or not having a place to sleep, being in troublesome situations of all kind, but in the end always something happened and the problems were all solved. Since then, I always say that the road provides, a solution, a friend or an alternative. Bad things happen, but as long as you can go on, everything is fine.

 

2 What is your project about?

The more I travelled, the more I noticed how wrong our ideas are. We don’t know much from our comfort bubble, we need to go out there and see with our own eyes to get real knowledge about other societies and cultures. Then, with my project I try to transmit the knowledge I got out there in a very authentic way, challenging that way stereotypes, prejudices, xenophobia and racism.

 

3 When did you start travelling and how many countries have you visited?

I started travelling when I was around 25, with some friends in Europe. In 2010 I visited India, Dubai and Pakistan because of my previous job, and since I stepped in Asia I knew I wanted to keep moving. In 2011 I moved to China and lived there for two years. I have visited 70 nations so far, most of them since 2010.

 

4 Travelling cost a fortune, how do you do it?

When I finished university I worked for 5 years in Spain and then I moved to China, where I worked 1 full year and part of the other. The only trick to be able to travel a lot is saving as much as you can when you work, and expend as less as you can when you travel. I am aware not everybody is in the position to do that, unfortunately. I don’t have a car, I don’t have a house, I don’t expend money on nice cloths, watches, jewellery, smartphones or any other expensive thing. I just have a laptop, my camera and a cheap tablet I use as a phone and computer when I travel. My travelling equipment and not much more.

 

5 How much money do you spend travelling?

With the time and the age I have changed little by little the way I travel. When I was in my twenties I could do whatever to save money, but now I need some more comfort and sometimes I take a bus instead of walk for 1 hour, or ask for a private room if it is $2 USD more expensive than a shared dormitory. On average, and depending on the country, I can spend between $700-$1000 USD per month. Flights are expensive and you miss a lot when you are on the air, so normally I arrive to one place and then I move by land during months, avoiding airplanes.

 

6 Where are you from / where do you live?

I am from Spain and my family lives there, but right now I can not say I live in Spain because I spend more time abroad than in Spain.

 

7 What are your 10 favourite countries?

It is very difficult to choose among countries when you have left a small part of your heart in so many places. It also depends on what do you miss. For instance, when I miss amazing nature, I miss Iceland, Tajikistan, Tibet, Uganda, Guatemala, Brazil… When I miss people and culture: Iran, China, Colombia, Egypt, Nicaragua, Myanmar… But I just said some examples, there are much more and it is difficult to decide.

 

8 Which countries would you visit again?

As long as there are places I have not visited yet, it is not easy to repeat a place I already know a bit. However, I want to go back to Iceland because I didn’t see enough of it, I want to go back to China because I miss it too, and I would go back to Iran, Serbia, Egypt, Tajikistan, Kyrgystan, Brazil, Palestine, Colombia or Sweden because I didn’t have enough and there were still places to discover. But I am not sure I would visit the same places I already visited in those countries.

 

9 Why do you travel alone? Don’t you feel lonely?

I travel alone because I can not depend on other people to be able to travel. You can organize your friends to travel for a weekend or a short holiday, but not for months. Not everybody has the same amount of time, money or responsibilities in life (like family, debts, health issues). So better to travel alone than don’t do it at all. However, between 2012 and 2014 I travelled a few times with a good friend of mine (and other times alone).

 

You can also feel lonely at home. It is a common feeling once in a while, but everybody needs to get used to it, as it is a part of life. I learned to be ok with myself and, anyway, when you travel you always meet a lot of cool people. Sometimes you meet locals, and sometimes you meet fellow travellers with the same interests as you (something difficult to find at home).

 

10 Have you feared for your life? Did ever something bad happening to you?

I have never really feared for my life, and I was never in real risk to lose it. I have been scared many times, but many of them were just wrong fears. I was robbed in French Guyana in 2014, I lost everything I had, including my passport and all my money, so I had to beg people for food and a place to sleep until I was able to return to my country. I have escaped from gunpoint assaults that affected friends of mine for just a few seconds or minutes (they were robbed but not me). I have been in complicated regions like the Afghan border, Mitrovica in Kosovo/Serbia, Palestine, DRCongo, Burundi, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, favelas in Brazil and many other places most people would avoid. However, nothing bad happened: all the opposite, I had very good experiences.

 

11 What have you learned in your travels?

The main lesson is that there is good and bad people everywhere, and that my prejudices were completely wrong all times. I have gone to many places of the world full of fears, but I was wrong. Television and movies had filled my head with a lot of bullshit, and I learned to leave it behind. That is something that makes you grow, that makes you feel aware, and is a true kind of happiness, the happiness of real knowledge.

 

12 Did you study photography?

I studied the basics of photography during my Bachelor’s in Communication Science. I had always liked it, but since 2011 I took it more seriously, and I mainly learned by meeting other good photographers during my trips and as a matter of practice and looking at many photographers on internet.

 

13 Why do you like photography so much?

Every day I like photography more and more for 3 main reasons.

-It pushes me to get closer to people. As you can see in my photographs, I like proximity, I shoot with a 24mm lense, which requires me to get very close to people, and to do that I have to talk to them, create trust, spend time with them, respect and understand them. It enriches my travel experience immeasurably.

-As I want to take more nice photos and to have more incredible experiences with local people, I spend more hours on the field with my camera. Otherwise, I would just be at the hotel or resting at a nice restaurant. But photography pushes me to take the most of my time when I travel, and enjoy more my trips.

-Memories are more realistic when you have photographs to remember. If I try to remember a moment or a person I met 4 or 5 years ago, my mind idealizes the memories and sometimes it becomes unclear or directly wrong. When I have photos of those moments, I can mix my memories, the images and also the stories I wrote to remember faithfully. It also helps to remember things you had already forgotten.

 

14 Is photography your job?

Since 2013 photography has been my full time occupation. Can I say it is my job? Well, I don’t work for any company and I don’t get money to live out of it. Currently I live out of my savings and some scholarships I got in 2015 (Guatemala, in the University of San Carlos of Guatemala) and 2016 (Panama, in the United Nations Department of Safety and Security).

 

15 What camera do you use?

Currently I have a Nikon D610 and 95% of the time I use a Nikkor 24mm 1.8G lens. Sometimes I use a 50mm and once in a while a 14mm.

 

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