My partner and I just got back from a 13-day trip to Peru to visit one of the 7 wonders of the world! We didn't just fly to a tourist hotspot -- we walked to it via a 7-day 65-mile trek over centuries-old trails made by the Incas!
The Salkantay Trek is one that some do on their own while primitive camping or with an inexpensive guide, but we decided to combine the rigor of day-trekking with relaxation at night by adding gourmet meals, hot showers, and high thread-count sheets on soft beds with the Mountain Lodges of Peru. Budget travel is fun, but on the front-edge of the rainy season with the psychological tests of trekking at altitudes up to 15,000 ft, we were happy to drop extra cash so we could focus on walking the 65 miles while a tour company took care of the rest. Here is my review and photojournal of our Christmas 2018 trip...
After a year of travels followed by three years of writing and editing, the story emerges of a yearning seeker who trades safety and the American Dream for fearlessness and a new way of living. Worn from the paradigm of a 9-5 office job, an early marriage, and a lack of spiritual connectedness, the author’s world is turned upside-down after an arrest, a divorce, and leaving the only career he knows in search of something more.
As a new paradigm of connecting with himself, his surroundings, and his experience emerges, the writer sets out on a quest to circle the planet, piecing together an around-the-world path with a series of one-way flights and hosts he finds online, who graciously offer nights on their couches to him for free. In the process, he discovers an efficient and groundbreaking method of cheap travel with technology and mindfulness, but more importantly, discovers how intention and unconditional love makes the world go 'round.
Here's the second half of an interview I did with Tim Lewis of WJBC. He was a great interviewer, I felt! We talked about the book and some personal experiences.
I meet so many people that have the same dream that I did: fly one-way around the world and visit a bunch of cool places along the way. Well, I did it, and I'd like to show you how! Here's a short video with some tips about flying around the world. It's a lecture from my online course. Oh, and here's a coupon for half off my online course, which will make you a world travel expert by the end of it.
By the time I made it to Singapore, I knew I had been living a unique romance novel. I had already accidentally kissed a ladyboy in Philippines, and when I was in Singapore, a dude tried to touch me in the middle of the night. Being totally straight, I told him to refrain, but the story was good enough to finally convince me that I needed to stop writing a blog and start writing a book. This was my last blog entry that eventually became a chapter in my book! Read more...