The other day while riding the subway through Mexico City, a man walked by selling math dictionaries. That’s right, mathematic dictionaries being sold on the subway for $2. Then another man walked by selling gum. Then someone walked by with a stereo strapped to their chest playing music from a pirated CD they were selling.
It’s truly endless, both in products, and the amount of people selling things. Of course, I began to think of “sales” and the many platforms available to distribute products.
This sort of stuff is very common in Mexico. Everywhere you go, someone is trying to sell you something. Even when your stopped at a red light, people walk in-between the cars selling everything including cigarettes, gum, candy, and much bigger items like coffee tables and crafts. It really is endless. Some may find this annoying while others, like me, actually find it very convenient.
The point is, the world is your platform. Maybe your products can be sold online. Or maybe in a store. Or maybe in a market. Or in the street. Maybe in a subway, outside at a ball game, or maybe at a trade show. Maybe all of the above.
There are many platforms available out there. Whether for selling something or expressing something.
Which ones are you using?
Teotihuacan is one of my favorite places on earth. It’s only an hour or so from Mexico city, is extremely rich in ancient history, and is absolutely remarkable to look at and climb. Mexico has many pyramids across the country including Chichen Itza, Monte Albán, Templo Mayor, and thousands more.
Teotihuacan is one of the most amazing though and if your interested in learning why, check out this wikipedia article.
Teotihuacan is also a UNESCO world heritage site and part of my quest to visit every UNESCO world heritage site on earth. It’s a big goal but I’m pretty sure I can accomplish it.
I’d also like to introduce the first of many 1-minute Vrips for you to see. Below is 1 minute in Teotihuacan. Enjoy.
When one chapter ends and another hopefully begins.
I wrote about this on the bus heading home from a 2-week job on a military base in Wainwright, Alberta. It was a totally unique experience. I had received an offer to act as a villager in a military role play exercise. This meant I got to pretend to be a spanish villager while watching ground troops and tanks cover the area and humungous helicopters hover overhead. I met over 100 amazing people from all walks of life. Some were musicians, some were actors, and some were just trying something new. Some were Canadian, some were Mexican, and some were Columbian. We became family for 15 days, living in dorm-room type conditions, working together, eating together, and partying together. Some of us became good friends that will continue well into the future.
And yet, despite how cool of an experience this was, the 2 weeks ended quickly, and I found myself on a bus headed back home. Everyone was still sitting around me on their way back home but I knew that for most of us, we would never see each other again. We had just woke up from an amazing farewell party complete with a talent show and a spectacular performance of the Northern Lights (otherwise known as Aurora Borealis).
It was a mixture of sadness and happiness. It was sad to close a chapter on such a wonderful experience, yet exciting to imagine what the next chapter was going to hold.
I’ve felt this so many times as I’m sure you have as well. High school, college, university, trips around the world, hobbies, sports, and new found friends. Each chapter must end at some point.
But the best way to fight the chapter blues is to begin a new one. One filled with new adventures, new experiences, and a new story.
I’m now in Mexico City, a new chapter to finish off the 2011 year. I know next year, I will turn the page to another chapter featuring Malaysia and the rest of SE Asia. I know the location but I don’t know the story.
So although it saddens me a little to finish one chapter, it’s exciting to begin the next.
As long as you keep your curiosity alive and the adventures rolling, you won’t get stuck in one chapter and life will keep churning out amazing stories of unique experiences and new friendships.
Have you started a new chapter lately?
Home sweet home.
Familiarity, family, friends, and my own bed. Yet home is suddenly new. It becomes part of the trip. A distant land. It’s funny how that works. It’s only been about 40 days since I left for the World Domination Road Trip but pulling into the driveway felt almost the same as pulling into a new city or a new adventure.
Let’s get back to the trip.
When describing the journey, epic would be an understatement. In those 40 days and 40 nights, we squished in so many places, new people, and adventures that we barely had any time to actually chill out and relax. Sleep had no priority.
We drove over 9000 miles, escaped the grasp of the famous Seattle troll, met countless inspiring people at WDS, jumped out of a plane in Oregon, jumped off a bridge in Washington, snuck into a castle in Napa Valley, rode the cable cars through San Francisco, got soaked under the world’s fifth largest waterfall in Yosemite National Park, met the famous Mickey Mouse in Disneyland, Sat 20 rows from Ryan Renolds during the Hollywood screening of the Green Lantern, had lunch in Tijuana, watched the amazing show called “O” by Cirque Du Soleil, Drove route 66 through the desert at night, watched the sun set and rise in Grand Canyon National Park, hiked 4 miles through a river in Zion National Park, watched the planet saturn, galaxies, star clusters, and the International Space Station through telescopes in Bryce Canyon National Park, almost got swept away in a windstorm while watching a rainbow form over the world famous delicate arch in Arches National Park, checked out the 4th of July fireworks in Salt Lake City, and watched Old Faithful blow before sleeping in the car in Yellowstone National Park. Of course, this doesn’t include couchsurfing with new friends the entire time.
It was truly a jam-packed adventure that I’ll never forget. That we’ll never forget. My girlfriend Karla experienced so many things for the first time like visiting the United States, jumping out of a plane, and leaping 200 feet off a bridge.
But now we are back home which, as always, brings mixed feelings. Happiness to see family, friends, and to have some rest. Sadness that the amazing road trip is over.
I learned a lot of things on the road trip including how I should have unlocked my phone (more on this later), and how difficult it is to maintain a blog while on a non-stop adventure road trip. It was pretty much impossible to take days off to write and find WiFi. This unfortunately kept me from writing on the blog for the whole trip. For those that follow, I’m sorry I couldn’t update as the trip went along. However, the good news is that I have plenty to write about now and look forward to writing about the many adventures over the next few months.
And although coming home is usually more sad because the adventure stops, I have arranged for that not to happen. Since it’s Karla’s first time in Alberta during the summer, were gonna keep the adventure going. I have booked us some white water rafting, a helicopter tour over the mountains, a day at the Calgary Stampede and evening show, and camping at my favorite spot near a beautiful emerald lake in the middle of the Canadian Rockies.
That’s another thing I’ve learned from travel. Adventure can be found close to home. You don’t need to travel to far distant lands to find excitement. You just might find it around the corner.
Have you found any adventures near home? If so, what?
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!