Ciprian I. Popica

THE LONE TRAVELER

The Short Story…

Hi ! I’m Ciprian,

A filmmaker and photographer from Romania.

My goal: is to inspire you to live your best life outdoors, taking you out of your bedroom or office, for active exploration, unexpected adventures and amazing travel experiences on land or water.

And here’s a secret: you do not have to wait until you have a ton of money saved up, you just have to be creative. The best time to travel is now.

Welcome to EARTH Explorer !

ABOUT

EARTH Explorer…

I created this blog from my passion for adventures, traveling and sailing, trying to present the world as I see it through my eyes. Concentrating mostly on travel and adventure films, photography and articles, this website its my tool to tell you stories about my travel adventures.

I’m hoping to inspire other people, especially the young generation, to step out and dare to explore. The world we live in, is waiting to be discovered. Follow me on social media for live updates, and subscribe to the newsletter for the latest articles, photos, and videos.

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THE LONG STORY

Not the kind of story you hear nearly everywhere. I haven’t sold all my stuff, bought a boat / van… and started traveling the world. I actually didn’t really had anything to sell in the first place, but I did had the job. It all started from a You Tube video of two Canadians sailing their small boat from Canada to Florida. A month later I was owning that boat. This is where things really started changing in my life and my lifestyle. I actually bought the boat for weekend family fun, but I loved it so much being on the boat that instead, I ended up moving and living aboard.

Why “The Lone Traveler” ? I actually came up with this because of the many questions I got in time from people asking me: why I travel alone, am I feeling lonely, do I like traveling alone and why ? … and many other similar questions. Well… that was the moment when I actually realized that I am a loner, traveling alone, and spending most of my time this way as well. It’s not that I don’t like people, or I don’t like socializing… I actually socialize so much that I feel like I’m loosing… because I made so many friends and met so many amazing people, that I don’t have the time to keep in touch with all of them as I wish I would. But let’s go back in time a little bit, and talk about where my passion for travel and adventures comes from in the first place.

The Lone Traveler
First of all… what’s this website all about ? Nothing but the things I love the most: travel, adventures, outdoors, hiking, biking, sailing, living on a boat or a van and travel the world. I also like to try at least to teach and inspire other people on how to do this. And not the last, as this is what I love doing the most… filmmaking and photography. So let’s get to the actual story, and explain a little about how I got into all these. Not a fancy story at all I’ll tell you this from the beginning. I’m a really simple guy, living a simple life, and that’s maybe the reason I just can’t stop smiling all the time… even in the bad days, at least most of the time.

Just like for the most of us, it all started in my childhood. I was born and grow up in a little village from Transylvania, together with my parents and my grandparents. One amazing childhood I tell you that. After my father died though, when I was at the age of six… I felt a little lost, most of my childhood. That’s because usually the dad is the example you follow in life, and now I had nothing to follow. That was the moment I started daydreaming about the things I would love doing in life. I started hiking with my friends and spending lots of time outdoors in nature, appreciating the beauty of it and the wildlife. That’s where the respect for all these came from as well, and why sometimes I talk a lot either in my videos, articles or photo descriptions about conserving and protecting nature and wildlife.

I started traveling when I started working on cruise ships. At that time for me that was the best solution to travel and work at the same time. The problem was that I never really had as much time as I wanted to visit places, as I had to work… plus that most of the times you’re going in touristic areas where everyone goes and there is really not much to see but lots of shops, restaurants and things like that. Not the kind of traveling and discovering places, people and cultures I was dreaming about. I did sticked with the job though, because of the amazing people I was working with, and also because I actually really loved what I was doing.

The real adventure started at the point I moved to Miami, and I did that for personals reasons, nothing to do with traveling and adventures. The point when my life changed was the time I bought the first sailboat. That was supposed to be a boat to spend family time in weekends. But since in the first one month trip bringing the boat to Miami from the Glades Boat Storage was so much fun and I enjoyed that so much, arrived in Miami I decided to move and live aboard. Naturally with this, came also the desire for sailing adventures, so I started planning my first voyage from Miami to Puerto Rico and preparing the boat for the trip.

Getting to the point I realized I will also want more after that voyage, I also realized the boat I had was not appropriate for offhore sailing. That’s when I decided to sell the Grampian 26, and buy Anastasia… a Pearson Triton 28. With the new boat, bigger dreams came as well. So I decided to try to sail around the world. Since I still had my job aboard the cruise ships at that time… and that also didn’t helped me in my preparations for the trip, so I decided to quit and concentrate on this. Doing everything with very little money, as most of them I had to save for food, bills, and the daily things I needed while I was in Miami, the preparations were really slow. The entire adventure took a totally different turn because of this, and things went totally wrong, but believe me… I would not change a thing if I could ever do it all over again.

Getting to the “present time” chapter… It is true indeed that it’s not about the destination, it’s the trip that matters. I had the privilege of living all these amazing adventures, meeting really great people and made great friends that to me they will be family for a lifetime. That is the reason I would not change a thing, but I did made and learned from a lot of mistakes as well. That’s the part you will have something to learn from, as I learned the hard way so hopefully you won’t have to. Now the adventure will continue on land as expected, after spending nearly half of my life on water. But still, I will not give up on sailing and all the adventures that comes with that.

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Since the “show must go on“, just as life does every single day… I will talk more about the story and continuing from here through my articles and all my posts around the social media. At the end… it’s all about amazing travel adventures you get to learn from, and I’ll use what I know doing the best: photography and film, as a tool to present you everything.
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