My name is Andy-Riwan Gernet and I am the creator of the blog ‘I AM A BACKPACKER’. Do you remember your first trip outside your own country? Because I do. It was actually a one year travel as a student in Ireland. From that day, I told myself I will travel again. Since then, I didn’t stop, I just couldn’t stop exploring.I
Everything changed for me in 2014. After 3 years of working in a communication agency specialized in Tourism, I just told myself that it was time to go way further than Europe. So, I planned a gap year to Australia without knowing if I would come back to France. But it was not only about a trip but more about a project I always wanted to do. And this how the project “I AM A BACKPACKER” started.
I believe that travel is not only a journey and it’s not only limited to the number of countries you visit but by connecting with people this journey can be expended to one of the hearts. In life, we are inspired by parents, relatives, friends, people we have around most of the time. I think that moment of sharing affects you. But travelling is a special moment in life when people, that you don’t even know, are opened to share their stories with you. Moments you spend with others make you understand better who you are and what you want to be. For me, there is something beautiful about that, because it just opens your mind to something new and different. The most interesting is when people start to talk about themselves: why do they travel; how do they make the most of their time; what is the most difficult thing for them; what is their past and do they think about the future ? …
The idea is also to go beyond what you’re used to seeing and be. And that is only possible through a long time trip and being disconnected from your daily life.
So I decided to start the project ‘I AM A BACKPACKER’. It took me months to know exactly what I would like to do. The idea is to create a unique story of backpackers in Australia thanks to the stories of each and every traveller I will meet on my way. This road trip is exactly why you come back as a different person compared to you when you were up to leave.
Let’s be tempted by the adventure and a part of the unknown …
After two years working on the project I jump into an other challenge about this project. I really wanted people to see my work and read stories but directly in the street. So I decided to create a street gallery for backpackers in the different streets of the City of Melbourne. Watch the video below to know more.
Today, 6 years after I started the project, I visited 9 countries in South America, Asia and North America, and of course Australia. I have met so many backpackers who shared their stories with me. And as traveling is now in my blood, I will continue as far as I can go and will continue to share on this blog my itineraries with tips and stories from other backpackers.