One minivan, one year, SIXTEEN countries, more than fourteen thousand kilometers, 20 advertising agencies, and thousands of liters of diesel fuel later, Jonay Sosa will finish his journey at Cannes on June 24th.
Where did you get the idea to take this trip and leave everything behind?
The idea came to me a few years ago. It was at a time in my life when I was trapped by my commitments. One day it occurred to me that maybe I should just take off and leave everything behind and see what would come of it. But there was something inside me holding me back. I was too attached to the comforts of home, my friends, my work and just stability in general. A little while later I was fired from my job, and feeling like it was now or never I decided to take advantage of the situation by putting my initial plan in action. To top it off, I had just broken up with my girlfriend right around then. I didn’t really have anything left to lose, so I left.
What was the most difficult obstacle you had to overcome during your adventure?
I was my own biggest obstacle. I wasn’t used to sleeping alone. I was really scared the first time I was in France. I woke up in the middle of the night, in middle of nowhere and I asked myself: what am I doing here? Maybe I should just go back to Madrid and forget this whole thing. Then I sat back and thought about it a little. I decided to start a webpage and share my journey with people and quickly I had over 200 followers. Suddenly this wasn’t a secret anymore. I found the courage I was missing through the hundreds of people that were now following along with me on my adventure.
How would you describe the overall effect that this experience has had on you?
This journey has made me realize that certain people are very self-centered. There are people who believe they are in the most important place in the world simply because that’s where they happen to be. To truly understand that we are not unique, we must travel. With each kilometer that I traveled I realized something new. For instance, I learned that we are all as different from one another as we are unique to one another. This trip was like a thesis for me. I learnt new things from every kilometer that I travelled. For example, we are all both unique and very similar at the same time. This trip has been very much been like writing a Masters Thesis. I didn’t profit off of this trip. When I was working for an agency, I was compensated with diesel fuel instead of money. Ultimately, it was the professional and personal experiences that made this whole thing worth while.
To meet Jonay Sosa and learn more about his long journey, stop by the Residence de la Brise, loft 501 on Boulevard de la Croisette, Cannes, at 6pm on June 24th.