BBC Travel is on the hunt for Travel Pioneers! This is a wonderful opportunity for people who are mad about travel and living their dream by touching the lives of people around the world. BBC defines them as “people who are changing the way we think about the world“.
BBC Travel is inviting people (like you!) to nominate a traveler who you feel is doing something truly innovative and inspiring. They are looking for people who are either experiencing the world in a new way or helping others do so. There’s no limit on what the individuals might be doing – it could be something physical, educational, or organizational. The criteria is that the nominee is thinking about travel in a fresh way, and that their project or expedition is a reflection of that.
To nominate, send a short email (no more than 250 words) to [email protected], telling BBC:
- Who you nominate?
- What is the nominee doing or planning on doing?
- Why you believe it’s going to change the travel sphere?
Do you think I’m a Travel Pioneer?
Urooj posing with his students at The Lotus Project
in front of freshly completed mural
I am honoured by all the emails and Facebook messages I have recieved from people who wish to nominate me as a Travel Pioneer. A few people have asked me to compile some points that to help them in composing their nomination letters. As promised, here they are:
- On June 3, 2012, Urooj Qureshi gave up the comforts of a well paying job, family, and home in Canada to experience more of the world.
- He started his world tour learning more about Canada and it’s vast natural landscape.
- On June 20, 2012, Urooj started on the Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago) walking 850 kilometers from St. Jean-Pied-de-Port, France to Santiago, Spain.
- Urooj has enjoyed the hospitality and cultural treats offered by locals from the villages of Portugal to the Berbers of the Sahara. Since 2012, his journey has taken him through Canada, Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Romania, Serbia, Hungary, Uganda, Kenya, all the way to Pakistan.
- Community building and serving humanity is an opportunity that travel presents to Urooj. Since setting out on his journey, he has:
- Founded a social enterprise – The Lotus Project – improving access to quality education and skills development in Pakistan.
- Volunteered with NGO’s working to improve the quality of life and education for youth in Uganda and Kenya.
- Helped raise awareness for environmental hazards and social impact of the Rosia Montana Gold Mining project in Romania.
- Urooj is a travel writer and photographer who inspires people from around the world to explore the world their way and offers guidance and useful tips for budget travel and survival skills.
- Urooj’s first journey was when he was just 15 days old. Since he has lived in and explored over 38 countries.
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