Have you ever thought about where you came from? Not where you were born but where your parents, your grandparents, your great grandparents, and so forth came from? It’s quite inspiring and amazing to hear the stories that our ancestors went through. If your from North America, then it’s practically guaranteed that your ancestors came from places in Europe, Africa, or Asia. Maybe they came from tribes in South America. Doesn’t it inspire you to look? Find out if they were of royal blood or if they were rebels. Find out the travels and tribulations that eventually led to you being born where you were. Here’s my recent story.
I did this back in April 2009 when I was right in the middle of my 6 month backpacking trip throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Initially, I had no desire to scuba dive as I was quite nervous but definitely wanted to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef.
I was with my cousin Jeff at the time and we were looking at different day tours that would allow us to snorkel the reef. Luckily, one of them included a free 20 minute intro to scuba diving course. I’m so happy we came across this tour because this intro opened me up to the deep water world. I’m also lucky it was introduced to me on this trip because this was the one trip that opened me up to extreme [Read more…] about Scuba Diving – Another World of Inspiration and a place to build confidence
Raam Dev is a writer who is passionate about living life to the fullest and helping promote a philosophy of sustainable abundance. With all his possessions in one backpack, he travels the world as a nomadic explorer advocating health, sustainability, minimalism, and exploration.
I had a wonderful opportunity to interview Raam while he was visiting South East Asia. Check it out! [Read more…] about Interview with Raam Dev of “RaamDev.com”
New Zealand was amazing. The country was quite different from my Australian journey because my cousin was with me the whole time. I always had a best friend with me. Someone to enjoy the travels with and reminisce about the memories down the road.
We traveled the whole country from South to North in just three weeks. It was tough but we actually got a lot accomplished, including a couple three day hikes. When we had arrived in Wellington, we stayed at the local YHA hostel as we didn’t feel like searching around this time for smaller local ones. YHA hostels are typically quite nice and this one was right near the waterfront. (tip: when in Wellington, check out the museum. It’s free and one of the most interactive museums I have ever seen) [Read more…] about Making friends on the road – Adventure 2
One of my favorite parts about traveling is the people you meet along the way. The locals and also the other travelers. When traveling alone, making friends is something you will find yourself doing as different adventures present different opportunities.
This process is actually quite easy on the road as other people are in the same position. At home, you would never catch me at a bar alone, but on the road, I do it all the time without question. The best advice I can give is to make yourself open. [Read more…] about Making friends on the road – Adventure 1
Chris Guillebeau is the man behind The Art of Non-Conformity. Chris writes about personal development, life planning, entrepreneurship, and international travel. Ultimately, he wants to inspire you to change the world by achieving significant, personal goals and helping others at the same time.
Chris has been featured in The New York Times, MSN & NBC, The Washington Times, Lifehacker, Shortlist.com, Slate, & La Presse.
His book “The Art of Non-conformity” will be released in the fall of 2010 and you can catch up with Chris as he tours the United States and Canada on his amazing book tour.
Despite his amazingly busy schedule, Chris took some time to answer a couple questions I had for him.
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