Robert Dacešin: There is no way not to do something if you are persistent
While finishing his master’s studies in 2014, he knew what he wanted to do. It has always been travel. Regardless of which way it will be. He came up with the idea to create a low-cost travel agency with a colleague. And after everything, he remained, the logo and the view. He started writing a travel blog hoping that one day it would be “something from that. Today, he is one of the most recognizable ambassadors of the tourist attractions of BiH, Europe, and the world. This is StorsenDigital’s BTS story. And he is Robert Dacešin, travel writer and author of “Rio-stories from travel.”
“I risked a lot. Most often by resigning from companies without having a concrete backup plan. I remember one time I bought plane tickets to Portugal, and I couldn’t get a vacation. I quit my job so I could go,” Robert tells us.
He spent half a year looking for work, and then it seemed he was going to China. Namely, he had all the papers signed and got the opportunity to work as a tennis coach, but as he states, he knew in his heart that this was not it. Then, a friend offered him at the right moment to learn something more about digital marketing. So he stayed and spent a year learning about it. After that, another dismissal followed, and he and two colleagues started entrepreneurship with a digital marketing course.
“I remember that one director told me it’s not important what you do, but how good you are at it. The better you are, the more chances you can find a job anywhere. That’s why I decided on digital marketing, to develop and perfect a skill that will serve me. Whenever I travel, I spend a good part of the time working. And that is the advantage of this way of life.”
His goal is to visit 100 countries by next year
In the last two years, Robert has become even more involved in travel, and now it is his primary source of income. He has visited 77 countries worldwide, and his goal is to raise the number to even 100 by next year. He works all day, but still, he doesn’t work. For him, it is not a job but a complete pleasure and, as he adds, “his drug.”
“From last year until now, I have visited 25 countries. As soon as I return from one trip, I look at the next one I can go on. I don’t have a car because I don’t think I need it. So I feel nice on the trip and even nicer when I return home,” Dacešin points out.
As someone who has visited many different places, the question inevitably arises: “Did he want to stay somewhere permanently?” He answers that with the words:
“I thought about it about ten years ago. But over time, you realize that it’s more about how you set things for yourself. Of course, you will always find some flaws everywhere. But it’s up to you how well you want to see somewhere or not. I am aware of our country’s problems and cannot change some of them. But I am also aware of good things like drinking water and nature. These are all the riches of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The advantage of traveling is that it demystifies some destinations. So, Robert, today, looks at Cuba quite differently from most people who find it attractive for life.
“First of all, their salaries are the lowest possible. Only 20 dollars. In addition, they spend up to 10 hours waiting for their turn somewhere. I realized that waiting for half an hour in the bank here is not so bad after all.”
Time of crisis is ideal for new beginnings
Robert has also published three books; the fourth and fifth are coming soon. And even though it maximally promotes the potential of our country and receives international recognition, support at the level of local and state authorities is absent.
He points out that he never expected anything but talks about an example when he sent a query to all ministries and did not receive an answer. After he won with the video “Why BiH can be the number 1 tourist attraction” among the competition of 1500 videos, he got a new opportunity. Visit seven tourist festivals in the world. The registration fee for such an opportunity was a symbolic 1,000 euros, which he paid himself in the end because no ministry had sent a response.
However, this does not discourage Robert. On the contrary, all obstacles, crises, and seemingly dire circumstances motivate him even more to succeed. Thus, during the coronavirus pandemic, he traveled more than ever.
“There were complications. My colleagues and I spent up to 1000 euros just for PCR tests. We could sit at home and think about when it will get better. But I am convinced that the time of crisis is ideal for new projects and beginnings. It is necessary to restore hope to people.”
At the height of the pandemic, end of 2020, everyone avoided shaking hands. On the other hand, Robert experienced a massive handshake in Pakistan, convinced that he would get infected. But luckily, it wasn’t, so today, he has a memory and an amusing anecdote.
And while everyone wonders how it is possible to live such a lifestyle, often attributing it to luxury, Robert also demystifies that for us.
“Generally, the cost is divided into ticket, accommodation and stay somewhere. The key thing is how flexible people are. There are cheap airlines where you can find good destinations for good prices. I personally rarely pay more than 50 euros for domestic European tickets. My goal is for people to understand how convenient it is to go everywhere.”
Persistence is the key
He adds that you can travel for small amounts if you are flexible and resourceful. Sometimes you find good people who offer you accommodation. Sometimes you even eat at their place. And trips, as he states, have never been cheaper than today. So it’s a shame not to travel.
“You open your horizons through travel. And you realize where you want to live more. So I’m trying to do more things related to travel. And through writing about it, I learned a lot about myself.”
As he points out, he likes the writing process. And through his writing and video recordings, he reveals hidden places in the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina that are not very commercialized. With this, he supports small households and local people because, after his announcements, many wanted to go exactly where he was.
He does not hide the secret of his success, but just like all content, he selflessly shares it. And for BTS, he tells what it’s about:
“It is important that you know what you want and works hard. You should be aware of everything you don’t know. But focus on what you are good at. If you are good at your hobby, it can easily become your job. Persistence is the key. There is no way not to do something if you are persistent”, concludes Robert.