In less then a week, I will be embarking on the World Domination Road Trip through Calgary, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Grand Canyon National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and Glacier National Park.
The road trip is epic to say the least but the heart of it lies with the World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon from June 3rd – 5th. This is where 500 inspiring people will come together to discuss various ways of making the world better, creating freedom, traveling the world, and starting businesses.
Since the event is going to be highly valuable, I didn’t want to limit it’s scope to just the 500 people who could make it so I’ve been planning ways to document it with video, pictures, and writing and then share it with my readers. I wrote about this in my last post, which mentioned the need to raise money to make this happen. I’ve never started a fundraising campaign before so it should be interesting as to whether it will work. The goal is to create a web documentary of the World Domination Summit including interviews with remarkable people and also document the road trip and all the exciting adventures along the way.
This will inspire hundreds of other people to begin designing a remarkable life and thus, a remarkable world. If you can donate to the cause (and score some perks while your at it), that would be amazing and very much appreciated. Money goes towards gas and the equipment used to document things as best as possible. As mentioned, you get awesome perks like unreleased ebooks, free access to the videos, links, secret webinars, and 1 on 1 coaching to name a few.
Big shout-outs right now to the fantastic individuals who have helped start this epic road trip by donating: Ben Eadie, Niall Doherty, Mark Powers, Nick Laborde, Matt Koenig, and Trever Clark. You guys are awesome!
Along with this of course is planning the trip to be as epic as the budget allows. Since I left it to the last minute (2 weeks before departure), it’s been a bit hectic trying to figure out where to sleep, where to go, who to interview, and what to do but it’s been coming along great though despite the lack of time.
This is what’s happening so far:
- I’ve been using couchsurfing.org to try and secure most of my accommodation needs. I’ve used it in Boston and Tokyo, Japan before and had a great time. Not only is it free but it introduced me to local travelers and a unique way to experience the cities. I’ve already secured places in Vancouver, Seattle, San Diego (I think), and a couple night in Los Angeles. I’m still looking for a few more nights in Los Angeles (or surrounding area), San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and Portland for a few nights. If you have a place for 2 people (my girlfriend is coming) and would like to host us, please let me know!
- Camping is the other option. I love camping and since much of the time will be spent along the coast and in national parks, it’s only fitting to spend the nights in a tent under the stars. This is most likely what will happen from the Oregon coast down into Big Sur, California. It’s also likely what we’ll do in Grand Canyon National Park and Yellowstone NP. If you know of any stellar camping spots, please let us know.
- Some activities that are currently planned are jumping out of another airplane, jumping of another bridge, hiking some of the parks, and visiting Disneyland. Luckily, all of these are discounted in some way or another to save us some money. If you know of other exciting or unique things to do along the way, please let us know.
I’ve got a lot of exciting people lined up to interview during the conference and I’ve been contacting others who won’t be at the conference as well. In fact, I plan on having lunch in San Diego with Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income. Really looking forward to that.
Planning a trip with couchsurfing is interesting because it can be a challenge to find suitable hosts at times. There are lot’s of people available but they can be hard to reach with certain time frames. And considering internet will be a little more scarce once we start the trip, were really trying to secure the first half of the trip as soon as possible. Luckily, the weather should provide for beautiful camping which will help us on nights when we can’t couchsurf.
I’d also like to figure out ways to meet more bloggers, entrepreneurs, and other remarkable people along the road trip. I was thinking of having meetup parties in each city if there is a solid way of organizing them. If you can help with hosting a meetup somewhere in one of the cities (or along the way) or know of a creative way to do so, please let me know! My favorite part of travel is the people I meet along the way.
Since I’d really like to make this interactive, please feel free to comment or send me an email to let me know any cool things we should do, scenic routes we should drive, or people we should meet. If your along the way, let me know so we can meet up!
I think that’s it for now! I can’t wait to get this started.
PS: Did you know phone carriers (at least Rogers Wireless) allows you to have roadside assistance for just $5/mth and you can cancel anytime? Awesome!
Okay. Me becoming a movie star might be a bit of an exaggeration but I did make it into a full length student film as a leading character. It was an awesome experience. I met some cool new people, got to live out a dream of acting in a comedy movie, and literally had to push all the girls off me. Okay, the last part isn’t true but everything else is.
And it all started by pushing my boundaries and stepping outside my comfort zone.
I’ve always had an interest in acting, probably due to being a Leo who likes the spotlight, but haven’t really given it much attention besides acting as an extra in some productions a few years back. Then one day I found myself looking through “Acting” ads on kijiji. Most were garbage but I stumbled across one that was asking for a lead actor in a full length student movie. I immediately began to imagine what a great experience this would be. It was a chance to have a lot of lines in a movie and gain some experience.
There was one problem though. I needed to audition. I had never auditioned before and it made me nervous to go into a room with people and act out lines from a script with no acting experience behind me. I knew it wasn’t going to be as “hard-core” with students as it would be with a professional shoot but I still didn’t want to look stupid.
I told myself I had to do it. What were my chances of ever seeing an opportunity like this again. It could be my last chance. I had spoke in front of 50 people before. I had jumped out of a plane and leaped off a bridge. I managed to travel 5 months solo throughout Australia and Indonesia.
I had to do it. I sent them an email and told them I would come audition. Next thing you know, I’m “Alex” in the movie “Kankered”.
Despite some mishaps (like continuously losing actors who weren’t taking it seriously), it took about a month (30 days of acting) to get all the shots done before it moved on to the voiceover and editing phases. We had a blast taking outdoor shots while trying to avoid the police, spending a day in the woods with werewolves and ninjas, partying at fake parties, breaking into a house, and joining a hot tub party where a friend was kidnapped by a hot girl who wanted his baby.
The director, Nick, is now in Vancouver Film School having “Kankered” edited and ready for film festivals. Despite its lack of budget, it came out looking really good. It’s got a ton of coarse language and immature sexual innuendoes so it’s only for those who like “R” rated Superbad-type movies, which means grandmothers may not approve.
Check out the trailer below. [Read more…] about How I Became a Movie Star (and How You Can too)
I’ve always wanted to create something fun. A big adventure that makes people happy and excited. Something that creates some excitement and a following of awesome people.
21 days from now, I have a chance to do that.
I am going to Portland, Oregon for Chris Guillebeau’s World Domination Summit. This is an amazing blogging conference of 500 adventurous souls looking to change the world for the better. I’ve also organized a bungy jump for those daring souls a day after the summit.
But I kept thinking, how can I make this even better?
And then it hit me.
I will rent/borrow a mustang convertible and make a crazy 3+ week journey out of the event. I’ll bring my girlfriend, who has never been to the U.S.A., and we will visit Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Yellowstone National Park, and Calgary, Alberta.
- Interview bloggers during the summit,
- host tweetup/meetups at each destination,
- hopefully get some product to give away,
- and create adventures with people such as sky diving, bungy jumping, hiking, experiencing disneyland, and any thing else we can think of.
I’ve always had another dream too. I’ve always wanted to create some sort of adventure that would interest businesses and people into sponsoring it and becoming part of the adventure. I’ve always loved networking and recommending businesses/products to people so why not blend the two?
I would like to find some sponsors who would like me to feature them during the trip through video and through writing. I can mention them in the video, the posts, and include their logo on the site or in the video.
Since this is new, I’d like to keep things simple and fairly low-cost for those wanting to participate. I’m looking to raise $4000 to pay for gas, accommodation, food, and some of the adventure activities.
It’s good to set a minimum investment for such a project so $200 will be the minimum investment for businesses or anyone wanting to be featured during the adventure. Depending on the amount of investment, businesses will get a certain amount of exposure in each video and/or post. I will also have other business friends help market it by twitter and Facebook.
And for anyone else wanting to sponsor smaller amounts, I’d like to make it fun by offering some incentives and giving you a chance to vote on an incentive.
For $20 I will give you a 4-month subscription to Canadian Free Flyers (normally $10/month).
For $40 you will get a 4-month subscription to Canadian Free Flyers and I will send you (or a friend of yours) a personalized postcard from the trip.
If you have any other incentive ideas I could offer, please let me know in the comments section.
If you would like to sponsor the trip, please contact me at (This trip is now over).
I don’t have much time left (just 21 days from now) but even if this one doesn’t work for you, I am planning more adventures soon after.
Let’s see if we can make this happen!!
Back in September 2010, I enrolled myself in Unique Genius, a course aimed at helping people find their passions, build them into a business, and make money doing what they love. Before I enrolled, I actually met the founder, Aaron Ross, while traveling to Los Angeles for a JCI (Junior Chamber International) conference. Aaron lives in Santa Monica and after learning about his business through Jonathan Mead, I sent him an email asking if he would be down for meeting up when I was there. Aaron agreed and after figuring out the mess that is L.A. transit, I wound up in Santa Monica sipping hot chocolate and Cappuccinos at a local cafe while talking to Aaron about my plans for online business.
A couple months into the program, I was also planning a trip to Japan to attend the JCI World Congress which featured more than 100 countries and 11,000+ inspiring people from all over the world. While planning my trip, I was scanning the forums in Unique Genius and came across a message from a guy in Japan. I immediately replied and told him that I was going to be visiting Japan and could potentially meet up. Wakato (the guy who had wrote the message) quickly replied back saying he would love to meet.
But it wasn’t just an email from Wakato I received. I also received another email from a guy in Tokyo who noticed our conversation in the forum. He wanted to meet up as well. Awesome! I now had 2 people I could meet while in Japan. Wakato was living near Okayama and Trond (the other person) was living right in Tokyo. I told them that I had 6 days to myself and would figure out a way to meet both of them.
I still remember leaving Hiroshima to Okayama and meeting Wakato and his wife Keiko. With such friendly enthusiasm, they brought me to the ancient city of Kyoto. I couldn’t believe how friendly, generous, and accommodating they were. Not only did they escort me around Kyoto and beautiful ancient temples, they also treated me to a huge traditional Japanese dinner and dessert. It was definitely the best and most unusual meal I had while in Japan. I remember one of the soups having a special mushroom that costs $80 per mushroom! This explains why my soup had just a tiny piece of one. We got to talk about the Unique Genius program and how Wakato spent 4 years at a New York University. No wonder his english was so good! After this, we walked around a fish market looking at all the odd creatures available to eat. I remember walking by one stand that had baby octopus lollipops. Boiled baby octopus stuck on a stick. I thought it looked gross (and funny) so I just walked by. But as I began walking around, the temptation to put myself out there and try this rare looking food made me go back. I had never seen anything that looked so odd. A baby octopus lollipop. Wakato brought me back and both of us ate one for the first time. It actually wasn’t to bad. A little rubbery but overall, not bad at all.
After bidding farewelll, I made my way to the north. But before going to Tokyo, I stopped near Mt.Fuji to spend 2 nights with Mochan, a guy I had met through couchsurfing.org (more on that in another post). After 2 amazing nights with people from all over the planet, I finally made it to Tokyo for one short night. I was greeted by a tall businessman just outside the train station who happened to be Trond. Trond was actually from Norway but had been living and working in Tokyo for 15 years. He was also the president of a recycling company trying to break into Japan. Impressive.
Just getting off work, Trond treated me to a really fancy Japanese dinner at a local place where the likes of past-president Kennedy would eat when he came to Tokyo. As if this wasn’t enough already, Trond also pulled out a couple gifts he had bought for me. One was a book on the crazy new-age Tokyo culture, and the other was a book on the more traditional zen culture of Japan. He then brought me to an Indian restaurant owned by one of his friends. We ended up having a second dinner while Trond explained his new online business plan to me. Other then trying to stop by stomach from exploding, I was super inspired by the business model Trond unfolded before me and also impressed with the amazing naan bread and curry I had just gobbled down.
It was now getting late and Trond had to get back to his family. Before heading back, he quickly brought me to Tokyo’s famous human intersection and to the train station that would take me to the capsule hotel I was so excited about. Trond then offered to pay for a hotel (he thought I would be more comfortable) which I had to kindly decline. Not only was I stuck on the experience of a capsule hotel but I felt almost bad for receiving such a gift. I just couldn’t believe the kindness and generosity Trond showed me. And just moments after, when I thought Trond couldn’t be any more generous then he already had, I mentioned to him that I only had credit cards on me. Uh oh, this is a problem in Japan. Trond told me credit cards are very rarely accepted in Japan and I could only get cash from machines at 7/11. Rather than send me searching at midnight, Trond gave me $100 to get me through a couple of days until I found an international bank machine. I was so thankful and told him I would send it back to him via paypal as soon as I could.
I then said bye, sat down on the train, and thought about the amazing person that I just met. I was truly astonished by the kindness I was shown, both from Trond and Wakato (and Keiko). I was just a stranger who said “hello” via email. Next thing you know, I’m eating a fancy dinner in Tokyo with the president of a company and eating a traditional Japanese meal next to an ancient temple with a Japanese local.
After 30 minutes, I arrived at my capsule hotel, excited to see one for my first time and also excited to sleep. I awkwardly stumbled my way through the check-in process and found my “coffin-in-a-wall” that would be my bed. It actually wasn’t bad at all. It had its own T.V. (which I didn’t watch), a built-in alarm clock and radio, and a little curtain at your feet for extra privacy. I pulled out my trusty earplugs, nestled into the blankets, thought about the inspiring people I met over the last 6 days, and went to sleep.
Japan was such a great trip. I met these wonderful people above, some awesome people via couchsurfing, and partied with 11,000 people from over 100 countries during the JCI World Congress. Japan became yet another addition to my memories of a lifetime and continued to remind me why I love travel, love meeting people, and why I will continue chasing adventure for the rest of my life.
I’m so excited for this series to start.
It all began with a post I wrote a few weeks back about a time when I said “hello” to strangers in Indonesia and ended up having a great adventure with them. Lots of people said that they loved that post and I started to think of all the times I’ve had adventures from simply greeting other travelers. I wanted to inspire people to open themselves up to meeting new people and forming new relationships and potential adventures. Then I thought, how cool would it be to gather stories from other bloggers and travelers who have experienced this as well.
I wanted to hear all the amazing stories that people have from when they stepped out of the box and met some new friends.
I reached out to 7 awesome people to get the ball rolling. Each of them enthusiastically agreed to participate and thought it was a great idea.
The series was born. It starts this friday!
Each blogger will post their story on their blog at certain times over the next week or two. Each story will be about a time when they said “hello” to a stranger which then turned into an awesome adventure or a great friendship.
If you want to read these inspiring stories, just follow along by watching the “series page” or following me on twitter. Each time someone posts their story, I will link to it on the series page and tweet it over twitter. You can also like A World of Inspiration on Facebook and watch the wall, or subscribe to A World of Inspiration so you can stay updated all the time.
The following bloggers are part of this series:
Earl Baron of Wandering Earl
Matt Koenig of 1 Year Sabbatical
Rob Nights of Beyond Norms
Amy Scott of Nomadtopia
Niall Doherty of Disrupting the Rabblement
Robyn James of The Dropout Diaries
Steve Bloom of Do Something Cool
and of course, yours truly.
I can’t wait to read these great stories. Thanks to everyone involved and I hope you all feel the inspiration from the amazing stories we’re sure to read.
Do you have a great story of a time when you said “hello” to a stranger and it turned into a wicked adventure or a great friendship?