What are The Backpack Sessions?
Alex Serra – Barcelona – October 2012
My dream of traveling the world started when I was living in London back in 2008. This year I committed to my dream and I’m going for it. I bought me a one-way plane ticket to México for next October 2012. Yes! It’s happening!
I was born in Barcelona 27 years ago. During my childhood I lived in the US and traveled all around the States and Canada. During the last decade I’ve lived in London for several years, traveled to many European countries, and finally settled back home again. My idea is to visit now countries and cultures that are unfamiliar to me. This is why I want to travel to Central and South America, Africa, and Asia. I want to learn from these places.
Some of you might know that I have been a keen active youtube singer for the last 5 years, posting videos regularly in a channel called aleutube which I started back in 2006. Late 2011 I also started another channel called Car Sessions, where I post videos of me and my friends singing while we travel by car. This year 2012 I was checking my youtube channel stats and I was amazed by the amount of views [2.356.053] and subscribers [10.510] I had collected over the years. Thank you all so much for the support!
From these experiences came the idea of organizing the trip through “Backpack Sessions”, a way of meeting people from the places I will visit through the universal language of music. At the same time TBS may embrace any kind of creative activity with the people I meet along the way.
Building up a community
I’ve spent many sleepless nights since I bought that damn ticket to Cancun. I’ve been thinking of what I was going to do all by myself and how could I really make this trip count. One of those nights I discovered Youtube Analytics and the way it unfolds all the views and subscribers statistics of your channels by countries. It stroke me to see the diversity of users that are following me from different places. The majority from countries like US, UK, Canada, or Australia, but also from many of the countries that I’d like to visit during my trip, such as Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, or Philippines.
I thought it would be a really cool idea to involve these people in my trip. It would be great to get to know some of these fellow youtubers that have been supporting my clips since the beginning. The Backpack Sessions could contribute to expand this global community of viewers that I have accidentaly created. It could be a great way to learn about their countries and cultures first hand and also make new friends around the world.
If you’re interested in sharing your dreams with me, send me a message! Ready or not, here I come!