Kaito’s World Travels: Eye-opening experience to our environmental issues
Hello CICLO readers! It’s nice to meet you!
My name is Kaito Murase. I’m 23 years old and a high school graduate born on October 30, 1995. My hobbies include drinking coffee, being on-the-lookout for great vegan food, gym training, traveling, and playing basketball.
For my first blog for CICLO, I would like to share with you all my travel experiences which have completely changed the view of my life. I traveled the world (22 different countries) from February to the end of June 2019.
The reason why I started traveling in the first place had nothing to do with sustainability or world environmental issues. I only knew two things: I wanted to start a business and create a big impact on our society. But at that time, I had no idea how to go about doing it. So I decided to travel, thinking that there might be an “Ah ha!” moment or some sort of hint in the world out there for me. I gave up my car dealer job which I had been doing for about a year and a half and began on this new life journey.
How I found my new life calling: solving the environmental problems of our world today
My first stop was Sri Lanka and there a big change happened within me. Tired of walking, I happened to stop at the nearest local beach. I sat on the warm sand, looking to relax in the beautiful sea that extended as far as the eye can see but then I felt an unusual feeling. The other onlookers at this beach did not pay a single thought to the countless amounts of plastic rubbish lying near their feet. I witnessed plastic trash being thrown away carelessly and people only came to take selfies without caring to pick up their waste near the beach. After experiencing such a scene during the very first part of my trip, something came into my mind; I need to do something about this. From then on, the theme of my trip turned out to be finding ways to put an end to environmental issue hurting our planet.
My experiences are by no means extraordinary but they have become the core of my determination to find a solution to these problems. This is our problem and the current state of our world right now. For a single person, it might feel too big of a challenge to overcome or too hard to realize but it has become a huge part of my life now. I would like to continue sharing the next part of my travel experiences with you and I hope that by listening to my story, you will also be inspired to do your part to save the future of our planet.
Until next time!