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Travelling Gives Wings To Chilean Who Finds Home In East Africa

Coté Terré during her book launch, Wings of A Traveller in Nairobi
Written by See Africa Today

Travelling the world from the tender age of 18, Coté Terré, a Chilean-born journalist turned traveller has beautiful wanderlust tales to tell.

Coté recently launched her second book, The Wings of A Traveller, in Nairobi, Kenya which is now her second home.

She has travelled to over 60 countries and lived in eight of those. Travel is a part of her – one she cannot live without and evidently so.

And it is from her wanderlust experiences that she draws life-changing lessons on travel. They are the nuggets of inspiration behind her second publication.

Coté Terré

Coté Terré (in black) during her book launch, Wings of A Traveller in Nairobi, Kenya. [Photo: Coté Terré]

Coté Terré’s New Book

The book captivates wanderlusts minds and triggers a line of existential thought about conscious travel. She says the thought behind writing the book was to inspire and provoke a thought for people to at least travel alone once in their lifetime.

“This book is about why you should at least, once in your life, travel by yourself around the world,” she remarks. 

She adds that The Wings Of A Traveller is a challenge from her personal travel experiences. Coté was also inspired by other people’s travel experiences and this pushed her more into authoring the travel masterpiece.

“Even though it’s my experiences – that I have had with other people that I have met along the way, it’s about encouraging you to get out of your comfort zone -, to discover the world.”

Connections In The World Of Travel

Every chapter in the book comes with a special character – names of people she connected with during her over-decade-long travel. This, Coté says, speaks of the importance of connections in the world of travel.

For an astute wanderlust like her, the connections one makes while traveling the world are special. She captures this through a dynamic set of characters in the book who share a common feeling; travel.

Her chapters, for instance, are real names of people she has engaged during her globe-trotting. Their stories “gave her a different perspective about life”.

Coté Terré (in black) during her book launch, Wings of A Traveller in Nairobi, Kenya.

Coté Terré’s book launch in Nairobi.[Photo: Coté Terré]

“Why did I keep their first names? It is because I thought and felt their life stories and what they taught me – their message was so admirable and I want to honour them with a story,” explains Coté.

Love For Kenya

Her book launch in Nairobi graced by family and friends spoke deeply of her comfort home away from home. Coté loves Kenya to bits!

The Chilean author visited Kenya in 2019 for the first time. She came as a volunteer courtesy of a non-governmental organization (NGO), http://www.waterislife.com/

The organization provides different water solutions to neighbourhoods that cannot access clean and safe drinking water.

When she returned to Chile the same year, Coté landed a deal with a South American travel company for a travel project. She ended up in Kenya in February 2020.

She works for different travel companies seeking to promote Kenya as a top tourist destination in South America.

The warmth of the Kenyan people, weather, beaches, riveting wildlife safaris, and elaborate security charmed her to stay on 20 months later. When she looks back, she has no regrets about it all. Coté would choose Kenya as her second home any other day!

Ideally, she travels to different places while documenting it all. One of the things she does differently is giving context to and for different places she visits. A part of this is interacting with locals to know more about a particular place and the people’s culture.

“The whole point of travelling to a different place that is not your place in your world, it is to open your mind to understand how you live in a way that I don’t know. Then, teach me, show me.”

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About the author

See Africa Today

Pharis Kinyua is the editor of See Africa Today. With over seven years of experience in digital media, he has a soft spot for African tours and travel. His drive is to tell the rest of the world what Africa offers, the best accommodation facilities, national parks, culture, shopping malls and best airline deals to travel to Africa

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