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How travel makes you a better decision maker

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For the record, I’m not saying travel makes your decisions better, although it might. What it definitely does is it makes you a better decision maker. Continue reading “How travel makes you a better decision maker” »

How to stay fit and eat healthy while travelling

Costa Rican Vegetarian Dish

Although I was being conscious of staying fit and healthy throughout the 9 months of my travels, I was expecting to gain some extra weight, because I really didn’t hold back when it came to tasting local delicacies (Save the fried worm in Ecuador, but that had little to do with healthy diet and more with disgust.)

When I stood on the scale after getting back home, I was very surprised to see 78kg, the exact same numbers as when I left.

Staying fit and eating healthy can be a challenge if you are living your “ordinary” life at home. Travelling makes it near impossible: you don’t have your own space and access to a kitchen is often limited. Stacking up food makes no sense, buying ingredients for one meal at a time is a hassle. Your routines are broken, you miss out on sleep, it’s difficult to get to a gym so on and on.

So how did I not gain any weight after 9 months of travel without setting foot in a gym once? Continue reading “How to stay fit and eat healthy while travelling” »

9 months, 12 countries and 50,000 km later

It’s been a hell of a trip. I’ve seen, experienced and learned so much that I’d have to write a book to share all of it. Even if I had the time to do so, which I don’t, I’d never be able to tell the whole story. Most of what I’ve seen and learned cannot be put into words or reflected by pictures. But a few bits can. Here is my humble attempt of doing that.

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Travel advice for dummies

Arizona Landscape

I’ve travelled to a new place every other week for the past 9 months. That should make me a seasoned traveller. And it does to a certain extent. Getting to any location by public transport in a city I’ve never been to and whose language I don’t speak doesn’t scare me anymore. I know how to pack light and how to look less like a tourist.

But when it comes to airports, immigration and paper work, I’m useless. I don’t do any research; just get the absolutely essential stuff done if I’m lucky.

If you’re a seasoned traveller, go do something else in the next 5 minutes, this post is not for you (unless you want to have a laugh). But if you’re a dummy at certain aspects of travel like myself, read on.

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Costa Rica Beach and Chocolate Tour

If the video doesn’t appear, you can watch it here.

I went to the market in Puerto Viejo from Cahuita and found out about a chocolate tasting tour by accident. I visited a couple of amazing beaches and saw how real chocolate is made from bean to bar. And made a video along the way.
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How to instantly change your mood

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Lucio Bubacco Glass Extravaganza

 

You know those barriers (apparently called stanchions) they use at airports to make queues look smaller and fit the room? Yes, the ones that remind you of experiments in which rats desperately try to find their way out of a labyrinth.

I had to go through the biggest one I’ve ever seen at Dallas airport immigration. It was massive. At least 50 meters in length, with 5 turns. It would easily hold up to a thousand people.

When I join a monster queue like this, I usually start by trying to figure how long it might take to get through. As I had a 5 hour layover, I wasn’t in a rush. I wagered that at the current speed, I’d get to immigration in about 60 minutes.

High in spirits, I wait in line and observe people. Everybody has a different method to deal with the situation. Some read books, others fiddle with their phones, while some just get desperately bored and frustrated.

As time passes and progress slows down, I start feeling less happy too. I can literally feel being infected by the frustration and anxiety of the people around me.

Unless I do something, the crowd will take me down with them.

Are you familiar with the concept of the safeword? Yes, the one perverts use in case getting whipped becomes too painful and they want to stop.

I’ve collected a set of ideas that are capable of shifting my mood instantly just by thinking of them. They interrupt the course of events and my chain of thoughts just like the safeword does.  For me, these are memories, pieces of stand-up performances, funny stories friends told me. The one thing they have in common is that they will make me laugh at any time under any circumstances.

As I was standing in line, I knew the situation demanded an instant mood shift, so I took this one out of the hat. Continue reading “How to instantly change your mood” »

What visiting Costa Rica taught me

My office in Cahuita Costa Rica

My office in Cahuita Costa Rica

I’m sitting on a bus to San Jose. I have been for almost an hour now and yet we haven’t advanced more than 5km.

There was a hold up. Continue reading “What visiting Costa Rica taught me” »

Just like that

Just like that - Puerto Viejo Beach - Costa Rica

 

 

Puerto Viejo Beach - Costa Rica

 

 

Manzanillo Sunset - Costa Rica

A year without Facebook

One year ago, I quit Facebook.

It was driving me mad and I had to do something about it.  A year later, it’s time to draw some conclusions. Continue reading “A year without Facebook” »

Becoming an Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas

Jake Desyllas: Becoming an Entrepreneur

Who doesn’t dream about quitting the rat race? Jake Desyllas is one of the people who moved beyond dreaming and actually did it. He built a successful company, sold it, and has been able to spend his time doing whatever he likes ever since. I first heard about him through his podcast, The Voluntary Life, about entrepreneurship and freedom. I spoke to Jake about his new book: Becoming an Entrepreneur. Continue reading “Becoming an Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas” »

I enjoy writing and my ideas to be challenged so I share some of them here.

I don’t know whether free will exists or we’re all just acting out an inconspicuous and devilishly well-written script. What I do know is I have the power to chose how I relate to the world and anything that happens in it. If I ever look like I’ve forgotten that, please remind me. I’ll do the same for you.

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2014
August
11How travel makes you a better decision maker
4How to stay fit and eat healthy while travelling
July
199 months, 12 countries and 50,000 km later
2Travel advice for dummies
May
27Costa Rica Beach and Chocolate Tour
22How to instantly change your mood
18What visiting Costa Rica taught me
14Just like that
5A year without Facebook
April
22Becoming an Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas
8Eating healthy and building a healthy eating business in Colombia – Inspired by Daniel Salazar
1The fine print of Existence Inc.
March
27The cycle of wellbeing and misery – and the way out
19The price of minimalism
11The Medellin myth busted
4Want or need?
February
27My life in Quito Ecuador
14Why do we travel? – Inspired by Erzsébet Best
January
18“There are more solutions than problems” – Joos Fleskens
7“I do music because I am madly in love with it.” – Sandra Durán
3Scrap the guidebook and make people laugh
1Tales from Tena, Ecuador


2013
December
26How to find your purpose in life – Inspired by Alexis Vaughn
18How to get up after hitting rock bottom
97 things I learnt living without a cell phone
4The upside of minimalist travel
1“You do better business if you have principles” – Interview with William Encalada
November
24Climbing Pichincha Volcano
20Daniel Kao: “Inspire them to think instead of killing their dreams”
14Why run
October
27Must have
16First week in Quito, Ecuador
12Madrid overnight
5What a life
September
25I’m a caveman
9My minimalism
August
215+1 questions to ask yourself if your business is stuck
6Dan Ariely: Predictably Irrational – Summary and Key Takeaways
July
17Iron Man on Facebook
3Are you a wantrepreneur?
June
18The 10 000 hour rule myth
8Conformity and restaurants
May
26What’s wrong with dying today?
8Accomplices
April
23By the side of the road
5Listen to the child
March
28Embrace uncertainty
20Being comfortable with being uncomfortable