Zach Santos – Voyager Zulu
“The key is to find peace in oneself, and once achieved, you’d find home in places you wouldn’t have ever imagined.”
Zachary Santos is the founder of travel blog, VoyagerZulu. He shares with us his thoughts on home, community and belonging.
Zachary Keith Lustre Santos, and I was born in the Philippines! I’m 21, the founder of my travel blog VoyagerZulu, studying the Bachelor of Aviation now based in Adelaide, South Australia.
What does “home” mean to you?
I’ve always believed that home was where you feel most at peace. I’m an aspiring pilot, so for me, I felt home 35,000 feet in the air on an Airbus A350. As a travel blogger, I felt home wherever a new horizon greeted my camera lens with a perspective seen merely in postcards. But as a son of expatriates, I felt home wherever my family settled in. The key is to find peace in oneself, and once achieved, you’d find home in places you wouldn’t have ever imagined.
What does “local” mean to you?
Being a local in any of these places often required the following: frequency, fondness, and amusingly, food. How often was I in this place, this circumstance, in this group of people? How confident can I say that I loved where I found myself in. Do I adore having Pad Thai for lunch every other day? Say you found yourself nodding, then there you go, you’re a full-fledged local!
Do you think it’s important to feel like you belong to a certain place or
a group of people?
“Take the line “What’s your story?” in your front pocket, and you’d be surprised what sort of adventure that connection takes you next!”
VoyagerZulu wasn’t a coincidental incarnation after the initial screening of Eat Pray Love (although yes I do believe Julia Roberts was able to kick most couch potatoes on a plane to Bali). No, it was made due to a lifestyle I am blessed and extremely grateful for; A series of migrations, intercontinental adventures, an abundance of passport stamps. To those finding themselves in the same position, I do see the increasing pressure of finding the state of belonging in a new place. Yes, in a sense, human reinforcement is important, and settling in as a regular in the local watering hole may top one’s list of social priorities.
People need people, and because of that, wherever one goes, it becomes our responsibility to connect. Take the line “What’s your story?” in your front pocket, and you’d be surprised what sort of adventure that connection takes you next!
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