When I went to the Galapagos I had planned to make multiple videos about the trip, unfortunately I only had time to make one, enjoy.
So it took me a long time to get all the video and audio editing done, and I almost lost several videos, but I finally uploaded everything to YouTube and now you can enjoy (hah!) my thoughts from Europe.
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Overall it was a great trip and I’m really happy to be home. Traveling is tiring but I had a great time and learned a lot of new things that I didn’t before… and now I keep thinking of the next place to go visit.
So I’ve been in debate with friends about how much is enough when it comes to travel. If you begin by thinking “I need to bring everything I ever could possibly need” to feel comfortable, then I think you’ll end up with a large mess of items which you will actually rarely use and won’t need on a trip. I’m planning to head out for a 25 day long journey and when I took this picture I realized that I had too much! I reevaluated and decided to take a few shirts out and of course I will also be wearing some of the stuff in this picture so that cuts down into my back pack. But I really feel inspired by people like Rolf Potts and his no baggage challenge, or maybe Tim Ferriss and his ideas on packing light. Minimizing isn’t just about beating the airlines baggage costs, I think it is more than that.
I think the main point is to liberate oneself from all the things we lug around on a daily basis. Half of the time when we travel we go to places where we can buy what we need when we are there (when we need it!), the other half of the time we bring things we “think” we will have time for or a need for and the items never get used. It is simply dead weight. This translates into a bigger problem that westerners face in our homes/offices/lives, in which we fill our space to brim with items that we “might” need once in a while. Reality is that most of us have far more than the rest of the world, in fact I would guess that in my picture, there is more material wealth than most people most people have in the rest of the world (the “resterners”). I’m living on the high side of the distribution of wealth in the world, and if you are in the west you are too.. check for yourself.
So I got the smart idea to post a video of myself, explaining myself of why I want to go to Europe and what I expect to learn. I decided that 5 am was as good as a time as any to do it, so enjoy.
So I’m on the cusp of heading over to Europe for a 3.5 week trip in which I will be the first in my family to go visit the Ukraine. It’s going to be a long trip but of course I am excited, however there is some reservation of going to place never seen before and experiencing life. I hope that the people and cultures I see and meet will be equally interested in me as I in them. Once again it feels distinctly like a step in a new direction, but isn’t that what adventure is? The journey into the unknown with all the hopes and fears that we each carry. Knowing full well that adventure is not always fun or happy, but that in the end you will become a different person as a result of the journey. So perhaps it’s a metaphor for all of life, that we are all on our own adventure, in which we never truly know what lies ahead but we continue to strive for that which inspires, which we are passionate about, and that which we love.