From city life to life on the road. Based upon my own experiences, and stories from my mates who work in the big city, I can fully appreciate why more and more people, including this week interviewee, choose to take a career break. From slogging away in a cubicle to sitting on a beach watching the sun go down half way around the world, after years of deadlines, meetings and paperwork, I think that in most cases and career break is well earned.  Read on to find out about how one former city worker is currently exploring all the good things that life has to offer as he  travels around this big wide world of ours.

Hi, AND WHO MIGHT YOU BE?

1. Name? Andonis Sakatis

2. Age? 30

3. Twitter Handle?  @thecounterintui

4. URL?  www.thecounterintuitive.com

5. Home Town?  London

6. Current Location?  Cambodia

7. Business or Pleasure?  Pleasure

8.  Tell us a little bit about what you’re up to at the moment.  Best bits, worst bits etc.

Having spent most of my twenties living a work hard / play hard life as a Financial Technologist in London, I’ve taken an extended career break to pursue a year of travel and consider “what next”. Time to ponder life, experience the world and learn from it. I started my trip spending two months learning kung fu from Shaolin masters in Dengfeng, China. I spent a week volunteering in at an Elephant sanctuary in Thailand. I look for anything niche and diverse from what I already know.

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9.  First travel experience?

Although I had been on holiday many times with friends and family in the past, I would say my first real travel experience wast last year in Mexico. I had it in my mind to do two weeks in Mexico a la spring break style with a friend of mine. He was already an experienced traveller. He only agreed to go if we spent one of the weeks backpacking round the Yukatan region. After an underwhelming and expensive first week in a hotel, the second week backpacking was a refreshing contrast. I was astonished how easy it was to bus around and I’ll never forget the moment I walked into the first hostel called The Weary Traveller. A view of the courtyard, travellers chatting over barbecued lunch and Desmond Decker’s “You Can Get It If You Really Want” playing in the background. That moment sewed a travel seed to say the least.

10.  Future travel plans?

After completing the beginners Thailand-Laos-Vietnam-Cambodia backpackers loop, I’ll head south to Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. From Feb, I plan to visit South America – but I’ve got to plan that out during a brief intermediate stop off in London in January.

11.  If you could go anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why?

Touring around South East Asia means leaving all my snow gear at home and giving up a yearly snowboarding trip. I’ve seen plenty of snow in Europe in my time, but I’d love to check out the mountains in Whistler, Canada.

12.  If you could avoid going anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why?

There isn’t anywhere I would avoid going to. I’m a simple guy at heart – give me a bed, my laptop and a wifi connection and I’ll happily read, blog or code something. Hot water optional.

13.  What 5 items would you not go travelling without?

Aside from the passport (which is a given)…

*iphone – this is my secret weapon for travel. i can’t sell this thing enough to people. messaging, offline maps, backup camera, note taking, torch and instagram.

*macbook air 11″ – i’m a blogger and i like to plan trips on the go. this is the lightest notebook around and well built to withstand backpacking.

*dry sack – the only bag that’s completely waterproof. used by divers mostly, but i chuck all my valuables and documents in mine. never afraid of being caught in a shower with this.

*lonely planet book – they guys really do cover the basic groundwork really well and I tailor my trips from there.

*debit card – with a bit of prep, you can get a 0% fee card with great rates

14.  Best bit of advice you’ve received?

Plan your travels around “doing something”. Going to a place, just to see it and tick it off a list is such a mistake. Learn a skill, volunteer, teach, challenge yourself. Those are so much more rewarding. Let the seeing be a byproduct – albeit a happy one.

15.  Worst?

Not to pack jeans. I definitely miss wearing a pair of jeans in the cool of the evening or out at bars. worth the weight in your backpack.

16.  Best bit of advice you can give readers of this piece?

If I put all the places I’ve been in order of length of stay, the ones which I’ve stayed longest are also my favourite. There’s definitely something to be said for staying in a place to learn something deep or build up friendships.

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17.  Favourite ice cream flavour?

I’m not an ice cream kinda guy but Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food ice cream is da bomb.

18.  Apple or Andriod?

Apple. I’m their biggest fan. There’s no competition in my mind right now.

19.  Blogger or WordPress?

WordPress.

20.  Hostel or hotel?

Hostel all the way.

21.  Guilty pleasure?

Exercise. I’ve been known for many early morning gym sessions or late night runs.

22.  Your chosen super-power?

Stopping time. Life is good and I always want to do more than I can fit in a reasonable time.

23.  Airplane seat – aisle, centre or window?

Got to be window seat. I’ve somehow acquired the skill of falling asleep between finding my seat and take off. I tend to wake up 2 hours into a flight. Without the window, I’d be leaning on someone’s shoulder on every flight.

24.  What song/album are you listening to right now?

Anthony David – Acey Duecy Album. This guy sings “neo soul” music. He’s from Atlanta and has a voice to die for – soulful, relaxed but deep.

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25.  Thank you for answering my questions, as a gesture of thanks I allow you one whole paragraph to shameless plug of your website …

My blog is my journey of travel, life’s lessons and photography. I’m relatively new to all three, so it’s littered with thoughts, realisations and advice.

I’m a big fan of reading blogs from my fans so if you say hi, you’ll be sure to hear from me in some shape or form.


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