We started this blog in 2015, just before embarking on a 160-day round-the-world trip that took us from west to east, from mainland to islands through isthmi and peninsulas, from summer to winter and back to summer.
What was born as a tool to keep in touch with friends and family grew into a passion for writing and photography. When we came home and looked back, it was unmistakably clear for both of us that we wanted to continue. We swapped our tablets for computers, traded our smartphones for cameras, and continued to tell stories about our travels.
By then we were fortunate enough to have captivated a patient audience that to this day continues to guide us through the process of finding our voice and experimenting with photography. We seek beauty on every voyage we make, both inside and outside our home country Portugal. Half withdrawn and half extrovert, half introspective and half informative, out stories reflect our own distinct personalities.
We’re not professional travellers and have no desire to follow that path, so this blog will continue to be an amateur affair. As much as we enjoy travelling, there are many other things with captive seats in our hearts and minds, from history to science, from business to technology.
Jules and Verne are of course not our real names, but rather a tribute to one of our favourite writers from youth, whose books sent our minds travelling and wandering. Fernando Pessoa, arguably the greatest Portuguese contemporary poet, wrote under the cover of many different names, in order to experiment with different styles and personas. We humbly bring his inspiration to the internet age, allowing us to share different interests with different people.
We’ll leave you with the original ‘About Jules & Verne’, the one we wrote back in 2015, before our 160-day round-the-world-trip. It ended with a question that we hoped our trip would help us answer: What do we want to do next? We had no Eureka, but one thing is certain: Jules & Verne will continue to write here. The people we meet, the things we learn and the pleasure we take from this blog are immense.
Jules & Verne
Hi! Jules is my “travelling alter ego”. I’m the one with the pink shades in the picture. After many years working in consultancy I’ve learned a lot (wastewater treatment, private equity, renewable energy, life sciences, you name it…); I’ve traveled the world (as measured by the amount of miles in my precious frequent flyer card) and I’ve met a bunch of really amazing and talented people. But I’ve also reached a point in my life where I’m trying to figure out what I would like to do next. What will put a smile in my face every morning (cliché, I know…). Hopefully this trip will help with that. I’ll keep you posted!
And I’m “Verne”! Jules already hit the key of the overworked consultant that throws everything off to go backpacking, so I’ll try a different angle. My mom, who has a nick for difficult questions, asked why on earth do we want to go travelling around the world, given that we never stop whining about the amount of work travel we do. Indeed, it’s not something we always dreamed of doing. It’s something that followed the same though process of all our big decisions: one of us probably said “hey, what do you think about a round-the-world trip?” and the other one went “hum, that’s not a completely stupid idea”. From then onward, we analyzed the pros/cons, crystallized the idea and went about making it happen.
Along our journey we’ll make sure to return to this text and update you on what we expect to get out of it. Right now, one week before starting, the plan is to take it easy AND visit 20+ countries/write a blog/write a book/come up with a killer idea for a start-up. Hey, what’s the fun of starting small?