Category Archives: travel inspirer

travelling in time and space

A store with live fish for sale

A store with live fish for sale. Vicinity of Natchitoches, Louisiana, July 1940. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

As much as I enjoy travel I’ve always longed for the possibility of living in the ancient times from old photographs.

I felt to be more a part of that older reality from the beginnings or mid 20th century than a member of the society we live in now, with its brilliant innovations as well as extensive bureaucracy.

I’ve always wanted to travel in time and experience first hand  the freedoms our grandparents enjoyed. My nostalgic feelings covered any miseries and limitations of that life back then like a clean tablecloth.

More and more, however, I see today in the world I live in and the places I visit is how much freedom and beauty is still left at our disposal.

What does the trick for me is my imagination that seems to have gone to sleep soon after I became and adult. It’s waking up covered in dust and faded a bit but still colourful and agile.

enticing third world city suburbs

Suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa

Suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa

I used to be unable to explain my fascination with such dirty and poverty stricken places. People who live in ghettos like the one above by no means can boast comfortable lives.

Most modern western world city suburbs are made of housing estates with identical or very similar buildings evenly spaced and painted in matching colours.

Third world suburbs have the atmosphere of uniqueness about them. You almost feel the mixture of happiness and bitterness that these places are made of.

I quite like the idea of living in a house built with my own hands from whatever is available for free and then being able to change, adjust and improve it. It’s like being a child all your life.

10 Easy Steps to Prepare for the Trip of Your Life

Fear is the only thing that stops us from what we want to do. You may call it conscience, pride, love, responsibility but underneath all of this is our fear of moving on to something that we have never done before. Fear of travel like any phobia may be cured. Here’s a few things that may inspire you.

I. Ask, and it shall be given you

World’s not as bad as it seems. Most societies function on the basis of trust and respect. People do help one another most of the time. It is true you may encounter something not exactly nice abroad but the same may happen at home. I moved several times in my life and after moving to the new place I was always surprised by how nice people were in this new place. After a couple of years it turns out they’re just normal. Just like in the previous place. The truth is, though, positive attitude is contagious and if you’re acting naturally people you meet will reciprocate it. If you need something remember to try and ask for it. You may not get it the first time around and you will not get it all the time, but people will help you most of the time

II. Have a plan

I’m planning on leaving my job in two years. Me and my girlfriend are saving aggressively to put away enough to travel for at least one year. After that we’ll find jobs again and decide if we wan’t to travel again or stay in our cosy dwelling.

III. Tell your friends

This one’s really cunning. Some people think you shouldn’t tell your friends about your plans because they’ll find millions of ways to stop you. I believe people in general do have a tendency see your plans in black colours. This may be depressing sometimes but at least you’ll get ideas on how to prepare. Just don’t give up because of any generic advice like ‘it’s impossible’ or ‘nobody else do it’ these can be dismissed with simple ‘it’s possible because there are people who did it’. Look for valid positive and negative points. Enjoy the positives and work out ways to overcome any negatives.

IV. Go for shorter trips first

Take a couple of months or even a few weeks off at work. Plan your budget, your route and style of travel. Think of where you’re going to sleep, wash and eat. If you’re planning to spend most of the nights in a tent, make sure you have the right gear, i.e. appropriate sleeping bag and tent. Do everything that you want to do for the trip of your life. Then go back home and check how to make your travel more efficient, more fun, safer, cheaper and more convenient. You’ll be surprised to know how many other people had done that kind of thing before.

V. Learn to save

The more you save during your trips the longer your trip will last. Frugal lifestyle can be learned. Unless your parents are millionaires and want to share their fortune with you, you’ll need to know how to make use of every single penny in your pocket. Start at home, think of ways you can save. Aim at saving aggressively as this is precisely what you’ll need to do. Try to estimate how much you’d be saving a month and how quickly you’ll save enough to start your trip. Then go to the financial planning section on Stumble Upon and look for further ideas on how to save. You’ll be surprised at how inspiring this is. There are some unbelievable ideas on how to save.

VI. Practice DIY

Do-it-yourself skills are helpful no matter if you want to travel or not. They teach creativity and self efficiency. Being able to do something with your own hands gives you a boos of positive energy. You can use your DIY skills to save money for your trip e.g. fix furniture, leaks, electric appliances thus saving on repairs and maintenance costs; also you can prolong the life of your home appliances and won’t have to spend money on buying new ones. You can use these skills as a source of additional income.

VII. Sell stuff you don’t need

Sell everything you no longer use, pay back your credit cards and then destroy them. You’ll unclutter your house, get some more money for your trip and make other people happy.

VIII. Avoid buying

You have to buy food and pay your bills which you can hardly avoid. But buying all the expensive travel gear is just a waste of money. Unless you’re going to a specific region in the world where particular type of gear is required to survive, you’ll not need any of the fancy stuff advertised on Amazon. Most of the ‘professional’ travel stuff is overpriced and simply unnecessary. When backpacking, you’ll learn there’s reallyfew things that you really need:

1. intelligence – is your best friend. It’ll help you make important decisions and react to unexpected circumstances. It’ll help you make do with what you’ve got.

2. knife – traditionally, indispensable traveller’s tool. If you can’t carry a knife through airport security checks, buy a cheap one after arrival. You’ll not need anything fancy. A knife is a knife unless you’re a Rambo.

3. tent and sleeping bags – these items can add to your feeling of freedom and save you quite a lot of money. Check out urban camping on Stumble Upon to get an idea on how to use your tent in the urban jungle. Besides, camp-sites are usually much cheaper in cities and have a shower. It’s important to shower when you travel!

4. money money’s always handy. Play cards or pool to win even more! Alternatively, use it to buy food.

IX. Get second, third or fourth job

The closer you get to your departure the easier it will be to work hard. Save as much money as you can. Plus, getting additional jobs will teach you new skills you can use during your trips or to get a job after you come back.

X. Be positive

If travelling is really what you wan’t to do think of the 9 billion people there are in the world. Almost everybody love to travel. Most of these people will help you live your dream.