“A few years ago, just like everyone else, it was the Omani dream to get a well-paid job, own a house, expensive car, and start a family. Considering the fact that I have graduated as a Mechanical Engineer, as well as I managed to get a well-paid job that I wished for, working in oil field yet having weeks of rotational shifts between work and days off, I was living the dream” Saleh Al Khanjari said as he briefly introduces himself. He continues telling his story by sharing the opportunity of travelling for the first time ever to Europe for approximately one month after graduating. “ I just wanted to count the countries I have visited” He adds. “ I was scared at first, the idea of travelling alone, being in a new country, sleeping in a dormitory with the same size as my bedroom and with 10 strangers, carpooling with people that I don’t know their intentions” He explains.
As days passed and he started to like this little adventure he experienced, surprisingly getting used to the way things go about in this foreign country, moreover, it was getting easier for him to fit in. The thirst for adventure bent him to cancel all his reservations and just travel around. “ This was a spark that changed my life” he expresses.
Saleh returns home as well as back to reality. A Year later, he discovers that he is very much eager to know and discover more, eager to try a new destination and a new adventure, taking the risk by applying for a 6 week leave, and heading to East Asia unplanned, “during this trip I have met travellers that turned my spark into flames” He says.
Throughout the trip, his mind wanders through deep thoughts about the desire of pursuing his dreams and realizing that it is more important to feed the soul than to actually make money out of something your not passionate about. “ After a well-planned decision of 13 months at work, I have decided to resign, Yet trips around the world have started!”. He clarifies.
Saleh is the Omani around the world because of the advantages representing the country by introducing Oman to others. “ Many people never saw an Omani traveller before, as there always seen in fancy hotels” He Adds.
So far Saleh has been to UAE, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Germany, Spain, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, China, Hong kong, Macao, Japan, South Korea, KSA, Vatican City state, Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iran, Armenia, Georgia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania, Greece, USA, Mexico, SouthAfrica, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia.
“I have gained survival skills during my journey, I am now a good communicator, leader, speaker, writer, as I can easily solve a problem because I have realized that I am able of critical thinking, fast thinking and street-smart thinking. Furthermore, learned the importance of risk management, time management, along with the basics of livings that most men my age can barely do these days such as, carpentry, plumbing, changing tires, cooking, and building.” He states. He also discloses the knowledge of learning the basics of 10 different languages.
“ Now I value, respect, also appreciate things I have..” He pauses, “ I guess I have become a minimalist for buying only what I need”.
Travelling is not for everyone, its impossible to feel safe in a strange country, or yet location. thus Saleh has faced a few incidents that are life-threatening. “I almost lost a hand in Romania..” He announces. “ Had a car accident in Botswana and was arrested and sent to jail in Burundi” He adds. Overcoming those terrible moments was simple to Saleh, he claims that being optimistic throughout a challenging time, knowing that it will be over.
“I won't ask anyone to quit their jobs, but if you're not happy with what you're doing your probably spreading negative energy. Don’t make a misery out of your life and find something you would love to do with all your heart and don’t let anyone get in the way” He Discloses.