My name is Sebastian Graça da Silva so GdS is taken from my surname. I am half English and half Portuguese but grew up predominantly in the UK, however now I live in Bali, Indonesian and have been living here on and off for the past 7 years. Read my story about leaving my home country here.
To date, I have been to over 80 countries on all continents and have been travelling for around 20 years. The locations I have travelled to have been as a result of my work, and personal trips I have wanted to take.
Generally, I am travelling or living somewhere for a number of months throughout the year, my locations and length of time tend to depend on work patens and where I am posted. For example this year I am taking personal travel time to go around a number of countries in the Americas, whereas last year I was working in a couple of African countries and my work required me to travel around the region, which of course was really interesting for me. You can read my review of the year here.
The aim of this travel blog has been to share something about these locations I have visited, giving some tips on how to go to such places, and sharing some stories.
In the last couple of years, I have become a committed vegan, as a result, this has changed how I travel. Click here to read about some of my tips on maintaining this lifestyle while travelling. I will accept that in some locations it has been more of a challenge, so I wanted to share some of my tips and share some of the amazing locations I have found travelling as a vegan.
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🇪🇬 Egypt, 🇪🇹 Ethiopia, 🇸🇿 eSwatini (formally Swaziland), 🇬🇲 The Gambia, 🇰🇪 Kenya, 🇲🇼 Malawi, 🇲🇦 Morocco, 🇲🇿 Mozambique, 🇸🇳 Senegal, 🇿🇦 South Africa, 🇺🇬 Uganda
🇦🇲 Armenia, 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan, 🇧🇭 Bahrain, 🇰🇭 Cambodia, 🇨🇳 China, 🇬🇪 Georgia, 🇭🇰Hong Kong*, 🇮🇳 India, 🇮🇩 Indonesia, 🇰🇷 Korea (South), 🇰🇼 Kuwait, 🇰🇬 Kyrgyzstan, 🇱🇦 Laos, 🇲🇾 Malaysia, 🇳🇵 Nepal, 🇶🇦 Qatar, 🇸🇬 Singapore, 🇹🇭 Thailand, 🇦🇪 UAE
🇦🇱 Albania, 🇦🇩 Andorra, 🇦🇹 Austria, 🇧🇾 Belarus, 🇧🇪 Belgium, 🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina, 🇧🇬 Bulgaria, Catalonia*, 🇭🇷 Croatia, 🇨🇿 Czechia, 🇩🇰 Denmark, 🏴 England*, 🇪🇪 Estonia, 🇫🇮 Finland, 🇫🇷 France, 🇲🇰 North Macedonia, 🇩🇪 Germany, 🇬🇷 Greece, 🇭🇺 Hungry, 🇦🇽 Iceland, 🇮🇪 Ireland, 🇮🇹 Italy, 🇽🇰 Kosovo*, 🇱🇻 Latvia, 🇱🇮 Lichtenstein, 🇱🇹 Lithuania, 🇱🇺 Luxembourg, 🇲🇹 Malta, 🇲🇪 Montenegro, 🇳🇱 Netherlands, Northern Ireland* 🇳🇴 Norway, 🇵🇱 Poland, 🇵🇹 Portugal, 🇷🇴 Romania, 🇷🇺 Russia, 🏴Scotland*, 🇷🇸 Serbia, 🇸🇰 Slovakia, 🇸🇮 Slovenia, 🇪🇸 Spain, 🇸🇪 Sweden,🇨🇭Switzerland, 🇹🇷 Turkey, 🇺🇦 Ukraine, 🏴 Wales*
🇦🇺 Australia, 🇳🇿 New Zealand
Notes on disputed territories or autonomy:
*Catalonia – Officially Catalonia is still a part of Spain and has no international recognition as an independent country. In light of the 2017 referendum, 92% of people voted to become an independent state. This was not materialised, but it seems that the people of Catalonia view themselves as a different nation than Spain. This blog is not asserting that Catalonia is an independent nation, but just a place I have visited.
*Hong Kong – Sovereignty of Hong Kong was handed over from British control in 1997 to China and is now officially a part of China. Although, China implements something called one country two systems. This gives Hong Kong lots of autonomy, they have their own currency, government, police force, different passports, an independent trade agreement and the administration language is still English. So in terms of how it functions it has all the characteristics of a country and has a hard line border with mainland China.
*Kosovo – This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
*England, Scotland and Wales. All are currently and historically countries and recognised as such by the United Kingdom. However, Scotland, England and Wales are not EU or UN member states as their membership is as a union of countries i.e The United Kingdom. However, as a British citizen, I feel compelled to add these to my country list.
*Northern Ireland. I currently do not count Northern Ireland as a country. At the 2007 UN conference on the standardisation of geographical names, the UK made a submission which resulted in Northen Ireland being defined as a province. Despite Northern Ireland enjoying the same administrative freedoms as Wales and Scotland, its classification as a country is not the same. Should Northen Ireland wish to claim independence or gain recognition as another constituent country I will then be happy to add it to my list.