A few basics about my person:
I live in Austria and was born in 1978. I grew up in a small village in Upperaustria. I’m very interested in human evolution/behaviour, every kind of movies and of course – travelling!
The motto I try to live by is “Don’t waste the best time of your life, waiting for the best time of your life.
Online I am know as “Giovanni Aureel” It is not my real name, but I have been using it since 1998. A lot of people ask me how I came up with it and if I have Italian ancestors.
Here is the answer:
I am 100 % Austrian, but I have a great affection for Italy – I’ve been there about a dozen times and my favorite city is Venice. Giovanni is the Italian translation of my real first name and a lot of people use Giovanni (or Gio) as a nickname. Aureel – sounds also a bit like my real second name. I choose it because I love writing and it is inspired by Marc AUREL (The Philospoher Emperor)- a roman emperor who died near Vienna in Austria.
As a teenager one of my big dreams was visiting the USA. But there was a lot of uncertainty and the fear of travelling to a foreign country with little knowledge of the culture and the language was overwhelming.
Then I went on a trip to South England and London in 1998 with my godfather. London became the first big city I explored on my own. I realized there, wandering around that fantastic metropolis, that travelling on my own can actually be a very rewarding and intense experience, sometimes pushing boundaries and sometimes seeing the most amazing things. Most of all its learning about other cultures and at the same time learning to appreciate where I come from.
As my initial fears and worried had vanquished, I started to plan my first trip to the USA. Luckily my lovely cousin decided to join me – so I had the best company I could imagine. We started in LA, gambled in Las Vegas, hiked in Arizona and Utah, took the elevator up to the World Trade Center, travelled through the country by Greyhound busses and finally finished our trip in Chicago.
My first solo trip took place in 2000, when I decided to do another trip to Chicago to visit a friend I had met in 1999. Of course I saw a lot of things, of course the city was amazing, but I didn’t fly all the 4500 Miles just to see the Sears Tower or the Chicago Bulls, it was about the people and the culture. To this day, the thing I enjoy the most is the people I meet on my trips. At the end of 2000 I also managed to do a road trip in Florida and a cruise to the Bahamas. Again I was very lucky to meet great people there to host me and show me around.
In the year 2001 I won an online competition at www.worldsurface.com, with one of my pictures. This allowed me to get funding to travel around Thailand and Australia for three months as a Global Reporter on sustainable tourism. Part of it was to write an Online-Diary (these days it would be called a blog) and take pictures for the community. Unfortunatley worldsurface was shut down in 2008 and is no longer available.
It was an awesome feeling to report for a whole community about my experiences in travelling and I didn’t regret one day of the whole trip (even though I was robbed in Thailand and that I was travelling around September the 11th 2001). After my return I decided to start www.homebeach.info, to share my experience, pictures and stories with everyone (who is interested).
On September the 9th 2001 in Brisbane, while watching the Goodwill Games with a good friend of mine I decided to visit six continents before I reach 25 and also vowed to travel to Antarctica before 30. Goals which I’m fortunate enough to have reached.
At this point I would like to add a big “Thank you” to my family, who has been very supportive over the years, all the fantastic people out there I met on my travels and last but not least also the companies I worked for, for understanding that travelling is my passion and allowing me to live that dream!
My big trips in the past years:
- 1999: USA (LA, Las Vegas, Utah & Arizona, New York, Chicago)
- 2000: Chicago & Florida
- 2001: Thailand & Australia
- 2003: South Africa & Costa Rica
- 2004: Mexico
- 2005: New Zealand
- 2007: Cuba
- 2008: Argentina and Antartica (Report written in German)
- 2009: Thailand & Cambodiai
- 2010: Portugal, Norway
- 2011: Trans Mongolian Railway
- 2012: Washington DC, Arizona, San Francisco
I always appreciate feedback and hearing about experience from other people!