Tuesday Inspiration: Travel your ass off and Make it Count


Over at the Daily Wh.at, they posted the above video and wrote:

When Nike gave Internet video maker Casey Neistat a hefty advance payment and orders to #makeitcount, it’s unlikely this is what the company had in mind. Nicely done.

They also traveled that many places in 10 days.

I found the video inspirational and fun. It got criticism on YouTube. But screw them.

I also found this article called, Practical Tips from 4 Years of Traveling The World. You should read it.

There are 21 great pieces of advice, including this:

11. People are more alike than you think.

My preferred way of connecting to people is via food but regardless of your passions or interests, travelling will also open your eyes to the fact that we are all more alike than we think. Yes, there are cultural differences and traditions that differ – vastly – but the basics of human emotions and the kindness in a smile are omnipresent, and a beautiful reminder of our shared humanity. Be it the Laotian woman on my bus to Vientiane who only wanted to talk about how men in Thailand thought they were better than men in Laos, to the soldiers in the Philippines who wanted to know how we in Canada survived without growing our own rice, to the family in Bolivia who asked why tourists didn’t swaddle their babies on their back, Bolivian-style. Threads of common human queries – love, food, parenting, and many more – resurface again and again. Ask questions, encourage people to ask them of you. In the end, these knots of human connection are what makes the world go round.

And these:

15. Packing does not get easier.

I wrote a piece on long term travel and the things it doesn’t fix. In it, I talked about how, 2.5 years into my travels, I still hated packing. It’s now 4 years into my travels. Guess what? I still hate packing.

16. Not planning too far ahead leaves you the flexibility to need to take the wonderful opportunities that come your way.

I get quite a few emails asking if I opted for a round-the-world ticket or whether I plan as I go. I’ve addressed this in the resources page but I want to reiterate it here because I think it’s important: don’t plan too far ahead. Over and above the undeniable fact that I thought I’d be back in North America by now (and not still travelling), so many of the places I loved beyond belief are the ones that weren’t even on my initial, vague itinerary. There’s nothing wrong with planning, or doing research, or even booking longer-haul flights if you have a set schedule to follow. But leave as much as you can to as-you-go travel. You’ll meet people who wax poetic about a specific destination and want to go there; you’ll decide you need – NEED! – to go to the Philippines with your brother because you’ve become fascinated by a small primate that you need to see in person; you will find yourself and your mind expanded by the sheer impossibility of everything being available to you, if only you could choose where to go first.

It is a scary thing, to leave it open to the whims of your brain as you travel, but a worthwhile one.

My goal is not to be a stay at home photographer. It’s to travel the world endlessly with cameras on my back, exploring this great big earth that God created (honk).

And when I’m done or it’s done with me, I’ll measure my life in these things.

Let’s do this.

Only three days left in paradise

I admit. I came to Hawaii as a skeptic. I thought I would get here, and it would be like Thailand or the Philippines. I would enjoy it to a point, but there would be a limit to how much time I would want to spend looking around.

Hawaii is awesome. It’s got all the tropical amenities of those foreign tropical lands, but with all (or most of) the American attributes that make you feel safe and free. There is never a nagging feeling in the back of your mind that you’re putting yourself in harm’s way if you wander around alone. Or after dark.

Yesterday was fun. We’re staying with Tina’s friend Kim and her three kids, Jonah 11. Miles is 9 (I think), and Delilah is 3. They’re all great kids and we have spent almost all our time with them so far.

On Wednesday, I went running, and both boys were mad that I didn’t wake them up to go running with me. Thursday I bent and said, “Okay, let’s go.” When Miles came out with no socks on, I said, “Are you sure you want to go without socks?” He said yes.

Tina, Jonah, Miles and I left the house at 8 a.m.

Miles had a blister within the first half mile, and Tina decided to go back with him.

Jonah pushed on. He insisted, despite my doubts, that he wanted to run the full 1.65 to the beach. It was all downhill which helped. We got to a beach access point and ran onto the sand. We stood there for a minute, and I said, “Do you want to go back or run on the beach?”

He wanted to run on the beach. We ran to the next public access point. After we got back on the street, Jonah said, “Running on the beach was the hardest part.” And I said, “Wait till you run back up the hill we just came down.”

Jonah pushed himself. I pushed him too, and we got back up the hill pretty quickly, stopping only a couple times. When I saw a yard full of sprinklers, I said, “Follow me!” and we ran over and hit all of them. I did them twice.

In the afternoon, we trekked up to the peak of 10,000 ft high volcano called Haleakala. It was beautiful. Below are more pictures.

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Second chances

One of the reasons I’m looking forward to this trip (should we call it “Jezzasia”, “BangkokHotNWet”, “AsianFamCam”, “CamboFirstMud” or something else? context here see the last paragraphs and comments) is that I will have a second chance at doing what I had hoped to do during two trips to the Philippines back in 2001 and 2002.

While I was in the Philippines, there was a lot going on with my head. I was certainly not as matured professionally. Not that I’m über hot pants now, but I’m sayin’ … I’ve come a long way since then.

I recently pulled up three videos that I edited to music back then, and while they don’t give a perspective of thought, they might give a peek into my head and what I saw back then.

I realized I wanted to upload these videos a while back but haven’t shared them yet. Since they use copyrighted music, I don’t feel comfortable uploading to facebook, like the millions of other yahoos who do it. So in the most discreet (irony noted) and private way I can, I’ll share them with you all via my r25 productions web site. Think of it like you dropped by le café and you saw it playing on my screen.

Click here or the image below, and I’ll upload the others before I leave.

If you can’t see it, it probably means you need to update QuickTime.

And yes, that is me in the beginning sporting the worst, Puerto Rican goatee known to humanity. One thing I am proud of, though, is the attempts at animation at the beginning.

Bon appétit.

Be sure to leave any more ideas for trip names either here or in the original post. And thanks to Biodork for doing a call for names at her blog!