Hi, I’m Alex.
Thank you for visiting my website! I’m more than happy to have you here.
This blog is a place where I share my passion for traveling, adventures and active lifestyle. I was born in Poland, but for the last 12 years I’ve been in a constant travel around the world.
How did I start travelling?
Travelling has been an important part of my life since an early childhood. Visiting many different places seemed to be quite natural. For all these years it has been taking different forms. There was a time for family trips, language camps, self-exploration, but also for studying and working in different countries. I have been on 6 continents and in more than 80 countries so far (check out destinations I have visited here).
Professionally, I’m a psychologist, currently working on my PhD. I’ve always loved science. Especially, cross-cultural psychology was something that pushed me forward to another places. I wanted to know more, observe more and understand more about human behavior. I’ve been doing research all over the world and it was one of the reasons for traveling.
I took part in student exchange in South Korea (Konkuk University in Seoul) and Italy (Universita degli Studi di Firenze in Florence). From that time, I knew that studying and working abroad it’s a perfect opportunity to explore the world. So I decided to go for more. I got government scholarships for my research in Japan (Osaka University), United States (College William&Mary in Williamsburg, VA) and Australia (Macquarie University in Sydney). In the meantime I took part in many scientific conferences and projects e.g. in South Africa, California and Europe.
For last few years I had a chance to live, study and work for a longer period of time, among others, in the United States, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Italy and Spain (if you are wondering how can I afford traveling, click here).
How did I ended up as a fit traveler?
To answer this question I have to take you back about 25 years ago :) I was 5 years old when my mom surrendered to my begging and signed me up to dance classes. It quickly turned out that it was not a momentary caprice of a child but a love atthefirst sight (more precisely – love at first step), because I stayed in the dance group for 12 years. It was a Polish folk dance group. Contrary to what it looks like, Polish folk dances are incredibly difficult and based on ballet techniques, so learning the steps and the right way to dance them correctly takes a lot of time. From my dancing experience I can tell youthat Polish folk dances wereone of the most difficult I have ever practiced.
Being a part of such a huge and professional dance group meant a lot of sacrifice. We had trainings 2-3 times a week (before shows even more often). In the weekends, we often had gigs on the biggest scenes of Poland. Many times we also did tours around the world. So, already as a little kid I had to learn discipline and consistency. I understood that if you want to be good at something you have to sacrifice. As a child I combined school with dance classes and shows. Many times I missed my friends’ birthday parties, because I had to be at a concert. For a kid in an elementary school those were really big things. Nobody forced me to be in the group, I had this inner drive to dance since I was a little kid. Those life lessons came naturally and I had to learn how to choose what’s important in life.
When I was 15 years old I saw the movie Dirty dancing: Havana Nightsand I fell for it! I have fallen in love with Latino rhythms and salsa and I decided to swich from Polish folk dances to Latino. It was a huge boom for salsa in Poland and I, sailing on this wave, dived into this climate. For the next 7 years I was a member of few dance groups, which performed on a professional level. I danced salsa, Brazilian samba and other variations. If I thought before, that I had to roll up my sleeves to combine dancing with my school, I was wrong. So wrong. Actually, since the moment I’ve begun dancing professionally, the hard part began.
I was not a child anymore, whose absence could be excused by mommy. During my high school and part of my college I needed to combine intensive trainings, shows and tours with studying. Let’s just add night shifts as a waitress or as an intern in some newspapers. I didn’t have free time, I just jumped between work, studies and training room. I didn’t go to the parties, I never spent hours watching TV or playing games. And I never regretted it, not even for a small moment. I loved dancing with all my heart, I loved my intensive life, even though it was overloaded to the limits. This time taught me control over my own body, what high self-esteem means, surpassing my own limits and finally the conviction that if you want something really badly, you’ll always find a way to make it come true.
I’ve worked a lot and I earned quite a good living, so I could afford to save some cash for my second biggest passion – travelling. When I was 22 I had to choose whether I wanted to go to scholarships in South Korea and later to Italy or to stay in Poland and be able to fulfill and develop my passion for dancing. To be honest, it didn’t take me long to decide and I staked everything on education, development and academic career. It was one of the best decisions in my life, as it opened for me the possibility to develop, learn and travel all over the world – where I really belong.
Although I stopped dancing on stages, I never resigned from doing sports. I just found another way to continue doing what I loved. I started to jog and work out intensively at gyms. It has become my passion and part of my everyday life. Being always on the road, studying or working abroad haven’t changed it. For many years I have been active in sports in every place on Earth and nothing was able to break this rhythm. For me travels are not an obstacle in training and staying fit but more of a value added, because they let me stay creative and workout in various, new places. This combination of my two passions – sport and travelling– gave birth to my Travel and Keep Fit blog. It has also lead me to the place, where I am now in my dream job – travelling, keeping fit and inspiring people all over the world.
What has changed in my travels over time?
I’ve always been a person who had a plan for everything. Until I got dengue in Thailand (the whole story here: How I almost died of dengue in Thailand). This disease has overvalued my approach to life and health. I don’t think I’m untouchable anymore. But it hurt me painfully that life is fragile and not infinite. Cliche you will say. It may be, but you really have to be on its border to understand it.
I began to appreciate what I have even more. Enjoy small things and take advantage of all opportunities. And health became the most important for me. I take care of myself and my body. You often ask me where I get motivation to train and eat healthy. This is the reason. I know what it means when the body is too weak.
I still have plans ahead and lots of goals to accomplish, but I don’t postpone things for later and for better moments. If I feel I want to do something or try something, I just do it. I try to live the most “here and now”, believing that the best moment is happening right now. That’s why I love challenges, adventures and collect experiences that are unique. So don’t be surprised that I’m parachuting in Florida (here), learning to fly (here) or riding a motorcycle in Nepal (here).
I don’t have time to waste, and I want to squeeze my life as much I can. During my travels I am always looking for challenges, e.g. Muay Thai in Thailand, horse riding in the mountains in New Zealand or trekking to the Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina. Everything that is exciting and allows me to be close to the nature and discover the (you can find all inspirations in Outdoor adventures section).
What can you expect from the Travel and Keep Fit blog?
On the blog I share my observations and impressions about the places I have been to, amazing lifetime experiences, love for nature and natural wonders, as well as reflections on culture and people from around the world. When I founded Travel and Keep Fit, I believed with all my heart that I could create something that would help and inspire others. Even those who are still hesitating, afraid or think they are insufficient to have the life they dream about – whether in terms of traveling, studying abroad or trying something crazy, what everyone advises against.
I’ve heard all my life that something can’t be done, because it’s impossible. I have never listened and thanks to that I am in a place where I don’t regret anything and I don’t believe in the words “it is impossible”. Now, my mission is to show you that in life we don’t have to give up anything, and traveling is not an obstacle againts other passions. You don’t have to give up your life to travel the world, but you can make it a part of your reality. I believe that everything in life is achievable, although sometimes some things just take more time and commitment.