Tanvir Opu has travelled to 650 cities in 65 different nations around the world in the last 12 years. Originally from Rajshahi, Tanvir currently resides in Finland and is a businessman by profession. His passions are travelling, photography, and experiencing challenges. He has conducted three photography exhibitions, 2 in Rajshahi and 1 in Dhaka. He has also authored two books. The first was on the five Scandinavian countries launched at the Ekushey Book Fair in 2016 and the next one on Morocco is to be launched in 2019. He shares his experiences of travelling and other things with The Daily Star.
How did your journey as a traveller begin?
In 2006, I had to move to Finland for my higher studies. As soon as I landed at the airport, I was awestruck by the cleanliness on the roads. Also, there was no traffic congestion and neither was anyone honking car horns. I wanted to see more of the world after seeing Finland. After a while, I planned my first tour, and I went to Estonia.
What are your favourite places among the ones you have visited so far?
My favourite town is Hammerfest, the last northern city in the world, located in Norway. I also like Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland. Rome would be my favourite historical site along with Abu Simbel in Egypt where the great Remises II rests. Also, Istanbul’s museum is heavenly as I got to see Moses’s stick, Bibi Fatema’s dress and a lot more. Finally, Venice, of course, was the most fascinating one as I loved the gondolas. It is a treat to get to know about different cultures.
Do you have any message for our young readers?
As a nation, we have a beautiful country, but we do not value our nature. Thus, we should educate ourselves and try to preserve it for our sake. I would also encourage more young people to travel as it provides one with independence.