This couple from Brazil truly captures the beauty of “A World Without Walls”
At Workaway, we absolutely love getting to know you all, whether it’s meeting you on the road, at a Workaway trip or hearing about your adventures through e-mails and social media. We couldn’t be prouder to be involved with such an inspiring community of travellers, which is why we just have to share some of the stories you tell us!
Renata and Aline are a couple from Brazil who are traveling and capturing their journey to inspire others. Their project, Mundo Sem Muros means, “world without walls.” This spirit of openness and adventure truly shines through their beautiful images! Renata and Aline are familiar to the Workaway community for their stunning travel photography but we wanted to get to know them on a more personal level, too!
The second reason for our project name is based on the concept of breaking cultural barriers. We believe all the human beings are equal! There is no one more important than another. We are all here on earth to live and learn different things. So we want to see with our own eyes and feel with our heart, to learn about new cultures and to break down all prejudices that we had about the other cultures and countries through our travels!
A great example of this happened to us in Israel. For most Brazilians (and I think for a lot of people from other countries too) going to Israel is like going into war! Everyone thinks it is VERY unsafe and there is just war and bombs. People form certain perceptions according to what the media tell them. THANKS UNIVERSE; we were given the opportunity to visit Israel and now our perception of Israel has changed COMPLETELY! So we always try to show people our new views as opposed to what we used to believe in the past. And we hope to make people think about it differently.
Finally, the last one is about exploring; to not stay always in the same place. We try to be an inspiration for people who are doing something they dislike for a very long time (as we did) but didn’t think they can make a change. So go out, explore, try to find your real passion, learn new things, don’t wast your time inside a stressful office cubicle (the walls) for your whole life!
1. Avoid going to touristic places in peak hours! Not just because of the amount of people, but also because of the light. The best hour to take photos is sunriseand sunset! It makes a lot of difference!
2. Before going to a place that you are planning on visiting, it is usually useful to look through Pinterest and Instagram for some picture as examples to keep yourself inspired!
3. BE PATIENT! It is actually very rare that the first photo you take is exactly how you’d like it to be. You need to adjust the angle, the person (if there is a person in the photo), wait so people don’t pass through your photo.. Also really spend time and give your best. The photo that we won our 2nd place with, taken in Portugal, we spent almost all the morning to take it!!
4. The post production is very important. Adjustments in Lightroom, and if needed Photoshop, is ESSENTIAL! We used our presets to make it easier.
5. Study your camera! Whether it is a phone or a professional camera, you need to familiarise yourself with the functionality of the camera in order to optimise the photos you can take.
6. Always use the manual mode when possible and make the adjustments, it will give you a much better result. We rarely shoot in automatic.
From our past experience we realised it can be difficult for some people to understand our relationship, and to see us as just another normal couple (same as in when a man is in a relationship with a woman). It occurred to us that there are a lot of misconceptions about two girls being in a closed relationship.. So after our trip in Egypt we decided to put this message on our profile.
Can you tell us a little bit about where you’re from? Has your perspective of “home” changed at all since your journey began?
From there I started travelling a lot more (Japan, New Zealand, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and United Arab Emirates). When I first arrived back into Brazil, I was excited to be meeting my family and friends again…but not long after I felt into depression. It was a really hard time. Since then I knew that I was born to not have roots… and not to live in one place for the rest of my life.
Then, I met Aline!Everything changed, and my life became colourful again. Although she didn’t know any English and has never travelled out of Brazil, she made up her mind to leave her job after 4 years working in the same place to go travelling with me. Aline has a degree in Photography and is passionate about it. Also she loves adventure and discovering new places. Almost every weekend we’d try to make a dedicated trip to go and take photos of the nature, especially waterfalls. Her dream has always been making photography a big part of her life!
This is how we started our trip and project, to inspire people to travel with our photos and cinematic videos. We left Brazil with around 1.000 euros each and have been travelling for seven months! In Israel we sold bottles and here in Turkey we did some housekeeping too in order to earn some money to keep travelling.
A lot of our friends and family ask the same question: “When do you go back to Brazil/ your home?”.. Our answer has always been the same: “We have no idea! While we are still happy and are able to earn enough money to keep travelling, we will keep DOING IT!”
We are so thankful for the opportunity that Workaway has given us. Not just because of the money we didn’t have to spend on food and accommodation, but also because of the people we met along the way and the things we learned! We shared not just their houses with these local people, but their lives as well!! We are very grateful!
To read more about Renata and Aline, check out their Instagram at “Mundo Sem Muros” - these beautiful images need no translation!
Do you want to be our next Workawayer of the month? We are always on the lookout for inspirational Workawayers who have a great story to tell! Email us over and you could be featured next!