Travelling For A Cause: Juan Soria – Story Of A Traveller

By Mary Charie / 20/05/2016

Travelling for A Cause by Juan Soria – Story of A Traveller

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Juan left an exceptional impression to me. I met him at a hostel in Hanoi, Vietnam called See You at Lily’s. He’s that traveller who plays the guitar to make the atmosphere cosy and comfortable. Juan is also a professional midwife.

When I found out about his big cycling trip from London to Spain for a cause, I was amazed and inspired to hear his story and the reason why he will cycle for over 2,000 kilometres.

Juan is travelling around for 6 months now and maybe will travel for another month, which is he’s not sure about.

 

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Travelling for a Cause Juan Soria

 

What is your name, age and where are you from?

My name is Juan Soria, I am 34 years old and I’m from Spain. I was born in a beautiful city called Sevilla.

 

What made you decided to go travelling?

I backpacked [for] 8 months from Mexico to Argentina 7 years ago. I was missing backpacking and I needed to get out of London as life was stagnant. [So], I decided to just go for it and become a traveller again. There were a few things that I really wanted to do and I think I have actually got around to do most of them.

I volunteered in an Animal Rescue Centre in Thailand. I looked after the elephants, monkeys and many other wild animals. I did a silent meditation retreat in Chiang Mai, I motorcycled around Thailand and Vietnam. Right now, I am undertaking the most challenging project; cycling from London to Sevilla, which is more than 2,000 kilometres.

 

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What do you love about travelling?

I like seeing new places, not knowing what is going to be next and having the freedom to do whatever I want to do. [All of a sudden] you will meet someone who was nobody a minute ago, that will always be in my memory. Then after a few hours, you will find yourself sharing an amazing experience together, or having a good chat, or playing the guitar and singing together.

For me travelling is about sharing moments with people, sometimes you need your own space, but what truly make travelling enriching, is the people. Museums and monuments carry history and they are very interesting too, however, people carry reality and that could be more powerful.

 

In your opinion, what is the worst part of travelling?

It took me a while to find an answer for this, but I guess the worst part of travelling is the feeling vulnerable. I have felt like this on many occasions and think I have learnt to deal with it, but I guess the fear or the respect is always there. Maybe this makes travelling more exciting.

 

What makes your travelling style unique?

When I was backpacking, I used to carry a guitar; I have not met many travellers going around with instruments. I guess that makes me unique. Music is very important for me, and a guitar can be a great company on many different situations.

Unfortunately, now that I am cycling from London to Sevilla, I cannot carry a guitar on my bike. I tried, but it was impossible. I am cycling around 100 kilometres every day. I am camping, staying with friends in different cities. It is an amazing experience, I am very glad that I have survived so far!

Since I started travelling, I have created a website called Juan of Many, where I publish short interviews with people and put up a picture of them. I was inspired by “Humans of New York” website.

I am also fundraising for an NGO based in Macedonia called LEGIS, they are doing a great job supporting refugees from the Middle East, North of Africa and other war affected areas. I proposed to raise 1 GBP per kilometre I cycled. So far, we have raised around 1000 pounds, which I am very happy about.

 

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If you have a message to everyone who hasn’t travelled, what would it be?

I learned this one in Krabi (Thailand): Have the courage to be vulnerable. Open your eyes and your heart to other cultures, embrace the differences instead of judging them. Be flexible, be kind and do not try to control everything.

 

What is your message to someone who would love to travel, but full of doubts?

The clock is always ticking at the same pace. You may spend a week sitting at home doing very little or you might be somewhere else in the world living life to the fullest, meeting interesting people, sharing experiences, getting to know yourself better. You have to try at least ONCE, if you do not enjoy it, then you can always come back home.

 

What is your main goal of travelling?

To learn to grow as a person. To get to know myself better. To meet people, to understand how insignificant we are and to appreciate what we have.

 

Do you have any tips to your co-travellers or people who are about to travel?

Be flexible, open your eyes and heart, go for it 100%,  but always be careful about your decisions. The adventure might be crazy, but you should always be sensible. Enjoy every minute.

 

Travelling for a Cause Juan Soria

Juan, up to this moment is still cycling and hoping to reach his goal for his fundraising. To DONATE to this cause, click HERE.

Follow Juan’s adventure at juanofmany.com, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Here’s his Facebook group to keep up with his cycling trip and travels.

 

All photos are owned by Juan Soria.

 

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About the author

Mary Charie

She's the person behind this blog, she has been travelling since 2013. Torn between her itchy feet and writing, Mary found herself soaking up in the world of travel blogging. She travels on her own terms and tries to build her own world whilst pushing herself into every corner of life, breaking limit beyond her capabilities.

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Monica - 23/02/2017

What an amazing person!

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    Mary Charie - 24/02/2017

    He is! <3

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Anca - 29/05/2016

He cycled for 2000 kilometers, that is so impressive. I also like what he said about embracing our differences instead of judging. I think we should do that more often.

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backpackways - 26/05/2016

You have done a great job by interviewing an inspiring traveler. I am sure people would feel the need to get off the comfort zone and pack their bags to explore the planet.

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The Jerny - 26/05/2016

“Be flexible, open your eyes and heart, go for it 100%, but always be careful about your decisions. The adventure might be crazy, but you should always be sensible. Enjoy every minute.” Love this! Always be careful about decisions and must always be sensible. Sounds like my GF’s phrases.

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Mar Pages - 26/05/2016

I love reading interviews! I think its fantastic that Juan is doing so much good while traveling and taking on various challenges.

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Laura Hartley (@WhatsHotBlog) - 23/05/2016

I am in awe of Juan and only wish I could be as brave as him to go out and see the world like that!

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Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche - 23/05/2016

Juan sounds like such a cool guy! Such an inspiring story.

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Tracie Howe - 23/05/2016

Juan sounds like a great guy! Very inspiring story, as so many travelers have, but it’s nice that he is also fundraising while doing what he loves. I like his message about trying out travel, because it’s so true! You need to try, and you can always go home if you don’t enjoy it.

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Jessica Ayun - 23/05/2016

One of the reasons why staying in a hostel can give you wide experiences! What a wonderful travel story and a cause. Very timely due to the refugees issue in Europe now.

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Made From Beauty - 22/05/2016

Wow what an incredible journey, thanks for sharing, loved the post!

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Zoë IKIWN (@ikiwn) - 22/05/2016

What an experience, getting to travel and see such places whilst also raising awareness and money for a great cause. Very inspiring! x

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Leanne - 22/05/2016

Wow this is great. I went and did a bit of travelling when I was 18. It was great. I love that he is raising money for such a good cause while also getting to see all these amazing places!

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Rhian Westbury - 21/05/2016

How inspirational, it shows you that no matter your age or situation anyone can go travelling. I wish him good luck with his long cycle trip x

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Mandi - 21/05/2016

What an inspiring man, not only is he doing something that makes him happy, but he is helping others along the way.

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fabfood4all - 21/05/2016

I love the bit about embracing differences, if only everyone in the world could!

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Vyjay Rao - 21/05/2016

This is quite an inspirational post. Juan comes across as a man who is inspired and has discovered what makes him happy and is at peace with himself, which in itself is a great achievement. It is also good to note that his travels are also associated with a cause and not just to fulfill his own desires.

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Tanya - 21/05/2016

What a wonderful and inspirational man. I’m so jealous of the freedom he has

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thingssarahloves - 21/05/2016

Wow…what an inspiring guy! I was struck by the part where Juan said that someone can go from being a stranger, to someone that you always hold in your memory in an instant. That’s beautiful.

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Miss Kitty Kaos - 21/05/2016

Such an Interesting guy I love the idea of interviewing people you meet travelling everyone has a story to tell!

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Miss Kitty Kaos - 21/05/2016

What an interesting guy and I love the idea of interviewing people you meet travelling there is always a story to tell! X

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Anosa - 21/05/2016

Good luck to Juan, I love traveling and the freedom of it.

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Liz Mays - 20/05/2016

Juan sounds like a great person! He’s very inspiring. I can’t wait to start traveling more often.

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    Mary Charie - 21/05/2016

    I met him in Hanoi, he has a true golden heart <3

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Zoe L - 20/05/2016

This is making me want to travel some more! Love the freedom you have.

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Sarah Bailey - 20/05/2016

I would have loved to have travelled if life had allowed it – I always wanted to work abroad in a summer camp as well – but alas life had different plans for me. x

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Melanie Edjourian - 20/05/2016

Wow he is brave traveling like that and it’s lovely he is also raising money to help others.

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    Mary Charie - 21/05/2016

    He’s a true inspiration <3

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Cassandra Mayers - 20/05/2016

I haven’t traveled far but always wanted to. Went to prague though and felt that really brilliant feeling of freedom and being able to be yourself and do what you want to do for you.

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Charli Bruce - 20/05/2016

I really wish I could travel more, when my daughter is older I definitely want to take some time out and go travelling with her so we can both see the world!

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    Mary Charie - 21/05/2016

    Do it Charli! I met heaps of Mother-Daughter travelling together, they are so cute and heard good feedbacks how travelling made them closer <3

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Tara Catstello - 20/05/2016

Wow! I am getting serious wanderlust from this series.

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    Mary Charie - 21/05/2016

    It’s addicting <3

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Victoria - 20/05/2016

What an amazing life to live! Imagine the memories he could tell you sat around a camp fire. I really must do more travelling, we want our boys to see as much as they can x

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    Mary Charie - 21/05/2016

    Sounds likea good plan! It’s a great way to learn life and the world we live in <3

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Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy - 20/05/2016

What I love most about travelling is the freedom too. I can’t wait to get back to it.

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