For the last decade and a half I’ve been addicted to life on the road. Here, then, are fifteen life lessons from my last fifteen years of travel. .Continue Reading →
I want to travel, but…
…my girlfriend doesn’t want to come with me…
…my family don’t understand…
…it’s a terrible economy…
…my boss promised me a raise…
…I want to go to grad school…
…I don’t have enough money…
…so I’m not going to leave quite yet.
But I’ll do it soon. I will.
I just need a little longer.
Those are all good reasons not to travel right now.
There is always a good reason to put it off, and there will always be a good reason.
And that’s the problem.Continue Reading →
Six months ago I walked away from my corporate life for the last time. I’d done it many times before to travel, but last November it was different. I was travelling, sure, but I was also building an online business. I want to live this life forever, and – until money starts growing on trees – that means I also need to fund it.
A fair chunk of both the inspiration and the detailed how-to information that got me over the line came from two sources: Chris Guillibeau’s fantastic blog, books and World Domination Summit, and a few crazy three-day course and ebook sales over the last 18 months. Without these resources I suspect I would never have built up the courage to do what I’m doing, or had the faintest clue how to do it.Continue Reading →
“You need more than that!”
My sister looked at me despairingly as I showed her the contents of the small plastic food container I now called my first aid kit.
“What about the latex gloves? You’ll need syringes. Oh, and don’t forget a bandage or two. Stay right there, I’ll be right back…”
A few minutes later I pushed the pile of medical supplies to one side. “Sis, I know you’re a paramedic and all, but seriously? I’m not taking all this shit with me!”
Having carted armfuls of medicine around the world with me in the past – all of which eventually expired without seeing the light of day – I had decided on one simple rule this time around.
Less is more.Continue Reading →
Thailand has many things going for it.
It has beautiful beaches, good weather and amazing food.
It has a proud history, friendly people and low prices.
It has scooters.
On the flip side, it also has an interesting set of visa regulations that require most foreigners who want to stay in Thailand for a while to regularly be somewhere else.Continue Reading →
Music is a powerful thing.
Songs can make us deliriously happy and terribly sad. They make us snap our fingers, tap our feet and dance until we can’t stand up. Music soothes the soul and starts revolutions.
Sometimes it can even inspire us to live a better life.Continue Reading →
Despite being a geek in my spare time I’m often kinda late to the party with tech innovations. I didn’t have a laptop until three years ago, or a smartphone until a couple of years back. I didn’t need them, and the cost vs benefits just didn’t stack up until then.
Until a few weeks ago I felt the same about e-readers. Real books aren’t all that heavy. They are not so hard to find on the road. Plus it is kind of nice to be able to give them away to someone else when I’m done with them, and a dirty old second-hand paperback on a hostel bookshelf has a sense of history all its own. Oh, and my beaten up old Lonely Planet doesn’t run out of battery just when I need it most either.
Eventually though, I caved. I had dozens of pdfs that I just wasn’t getting around to reading on my computer. Carrying around a guidebook and a novel or two was becoming kind of annoying. The thought of being able to grab a new book from anywhere with mobile phone coverage was rather appealing. And hey, a new Kindle was under $200 – and would probably only lose a few bucks if I didn’t like it and got rid of it on eBay. What the hell, I thought – I’ll give it a go.Continue Reading →
You know how sometimes in life you have transcendent moments? Your first kiss. Walking through the departure gates on your first big trip. Sky diving, bungy jumping, running a marathon. Your heart is soaring, the adrenaline is pumping and the whole world around you seems so much more intense than usual.
In those moments you feel like anything is possible. You tingle with the excitement of new possibilities. Nothing seems too hard, your emotions are heightened and your passions are aflame. These are the moments in which you feel completely alive.
Now imagine having those moments continuously for three entire days. That, in a nutshell, was the World Domination Summit. It was the most inspiring weekend of my life.Continue Reading →