Travelling Rant

Do you like to travel? Yes, you probably do. Although some of us are not daring to do it that is becoming more and more of a rhetorical question.

Traveling is supported by mainstream media, social media, airlines, tour agencies, friends and so on. They are all creating that imaginary lifestyle that we tend to read in the magazines. A mainstream message for a mainstream crowd.

But it wasn’t always like that. Years before the invention of the airplane in 1903 by the Wright Brothers, things were different. And even then they were no commercial flights for the masses. So what did the people do? Didn’t they wanted to travel for the weekend far away. Why shouldn’t they?

Perhaps that was the real game changer shifting from travel “to give” to “travel to get”.

None of us have lived in both those realms. Yet, we can imagine how the history shaped migration through the years. And that was far more interesting than a weekends escape from reality. Moreover from obligations and frames set by somebody else. Where in the times without media and lifestyle were obscure, people did traveled for other reasons.


It was dangerous, you could be killed and you may never see your family again. Imagine the quests of Marco Polo to find the Silk Road.  This courageous attempt led to more and more discovery and exploration. And we can see that he wanted something, but he gave along the way too. He didn’t purchase a safe economic flight to China, he instead sacrificed his life and went for an adventure. Then creating a mutual bond between the west and the east for the first time of history.

You probably have heard that story before. Well how that help me you might ask? It is very simple. Inspire to travel and learn, give and explore. Rather than just going out for the weekend. That is called sightseeing, it is almost like traveling, but in a commoditized form. It is shallow and purposeless leading to more consumerism and hedonism.

And I know you can argue that we don’t have time to travel or money or whatever is there stopping you. But we have choice, to go seek pleasure or explore other culture. There are infinite moves and documentaries nowadays that can show us what is it like there, where we want to go. This is hacking geography and rules that have framed people for centuries. We don’t have those boarders now, yet we waste them for egoistic goals instead.


They are all sorts of travel nowadays, the facts are that with every year the world is becoming more of a safer place.

We can choose our destination, our companions, the vehicle, the time and the activities. We have that freedom that most of us waste. We let some tour agencies decide what we would like, because we were generalized like the group before us. They offer us that what sells. It is a business, a very profitable one indeed.

So what are we left with? The reason I write this post is to bring awareness to a problem I see. It is the simple fact we have that much choices, but the stupidity of neglecting them.  I have recently read this book called Vagabonding, by Rolf Potts and I would recommend it to anyone willing to switch gears and embrace the true uncertainty of travelling.

I do have a lot of personal stories and experience in different countries, which I would like to share too. My preferences are for a meaningful mid-term travelling, speaking about a single place. The way I view it, I need at least 4 months to get to know a single place, perhaps even more. But that is the bare minimum to connect with the culture by talking with locals and doing your desirable activities.

PS: Customize your travel.

How to make the best out of your work and travel experience

Hi beautiful people!

First of all what I would like to suggest to you is do not plan out your summer experience. At all! Yes don’t make any plans. Go with the flow. I do not mean to be passive and lazy, but instead try to surf through the waves of life, like a surfer in the ocean. We are all floating in a river, that carries you along the way. Some people are swimming against it, other however have learned that a good way to go through it is to swim with it. By going with the river you acquire its force.
It’s about wakeful trust and total collaboration with whats happening with you and inside your life at this point. Do not go with the mindset of making money either. It might sound crazy to some of you but bear with me for a while, I will explain myself. This opportunity to go overseas and visit a foreign country is not only about working three jobs from morning to evening and making paper.


Do not go there to get exploited and to work shitty jobs. What helped me along my journey was going there without any expectations and totally mind free. What you need to remember through your journey is the art of being PRESENT. So called living in the present moment. Here and now. You see, we humans are very strange beings. We stress about the future all the time, we cling onto past experiences, and if you think about it does it really make sense to do such thing? You cannot change the past, it has already happened, and the future is too uncertain. When you aren’t being present you become a victim of time. Your mind is pulled into the past or future, or both. You start to vibrate on lower frequencies and cannot make the best out of your everyday life. Enough for the present moment for now, I will explain it deeper in another post. Don’t stress, don’t pressure things and be patient.

Have you heard about the backwards law? A concept created and popularized by the western philosopher Alan Watts. Simply put, the backwards law is a paradoxical theory which states that the more you focus on something the less the chance that you will succeed. The harder you try to do something the less you are to accomplish it. The more that you pursue feeling better all the time, the more dissatisfied you end up being. Now, you cannot apply this to every aspect of your life. But try to remember it and use it sometimes when times get difficult. Simply step back, observe and let things sort themself out.


You want to  use any travel experience to grow within and be the best version of yourself. Try to explore as much as you can and to socialize with different people everyday. Wake up every morning and have a positive mindset by thinking how you are going to meet interesting people and do some mad adventures.
Find a job offer that suits your needs. Housekeeping sucks,dishwashing sucks, working in a laundry room sucks. Best jobs offers are found in the hospitality environment. Such are bussers, servers, bartenders and anything that includes tips. These are the job offers that will get you the best money for the least time.
You can work from six to eight hours a day and save about 10000$ for 4 months working a server job or bartending which is the best job for a J1 student like you and me. What you do with the rest 16 or 18 hours is up to you. You can go to the beach to enjoy the sun, swim, hike, bike, go exploring,meditate or whatever comes to your mind. Think about something that will make your life good and help you in your future affairs. Invest in yourself at any time possible.
What I did is spend a lot of time in the woods and swim in the cold waters of Tahoe  every single day! You have to make the best of every day because this experience doesn’t last that much, and it is such a great opportunity. It gets you out of your comfort zone, and this is the place where we grow as individuals and create ourselves.
You must become the creator of your life. The initiator and the observer. Not a victim of circumstances. You are the one who creates the circumstances and affect them, not the other way around.
I will give you a personal example. I got kicked out from my house and I became homeless but I didn’t stress or whined about my situation. I grabbed my hammock and went camping on the lake. I was waking up every morning with the sun shining in my eyes and after a gentle yoga I was in the lake swimming. What im saying is I accepted things as they are. Do no judje them.  I knew in my head that I will figure something out. A week later I was living in a house with a mexican family.And their two little dogs – Gucci and Bonbon. Sometimes you have to look at things from a different perspective. Try to find light in every dark spot. Make the best out of every situation and ask yourself – Okay,what is the best thing I can go in this moment? Will it server me any good? Is it worth it?


Nothing is impossible, American employers love people who are initiative, open-minded and intelligent. You can work whatever you want and make as much money as you want as long as you believe it, and of course put the work!
Afterall our belief system plays a major part in our lives. You are what you BELIEVE you are. If you believe that you will be a housekeeper and work for shitty wage in a shitty hotel, then what do you expect? My last experience was a big experiment for me.
I went to the states at the last moment and worked in a cafe washing dishes. This went on for a month and I was pissed. In my head I knew that I was capable of doing something much more and that I had a big potential. Couple of days later I began working for a luxury club bartending and serving. How crazy is that? Before coming to the states I visualized in my head such thing. That I will work in a luxurious place with rich people.
I suggest you to read two books that will help you along your future journey in life.

Your Invisible Power
Awaken the Giant Within

Quick insights:

Always try to find the cheapest accommodation. No more than 100$ per week!
And this is even too much!
Whatever people say, you can always find something low-priced and affordable.
I spent two summers in CA, and people always ask me the same thing – “Wasn’t it expensive?” No, I always tried to find the cheapest deal. “Seek and you will find”

A great method of transportation. It’s free and you meet new people. I mean how great is that? I lived 15km away from my workplace and instead of paying 2$ for a bus ride, i just hitchhiked every time i went to work. Fun!

Try to meet new people and make friends.
This is massive. You can create friendships for a lifetime with people all over the world! And guess what, it opens so many doors for you! You might meet your soul mate also,who knows.

It is not necessary to stay at a job that you don’t like and enjoy. I mean life is short, why make it unpleasant? Even if it’s your main offer from the agency, you can quit that and find something that is more valuable and worthy for you. Something fun, maybe a beach attendant? Of course engage in such things with wise mind and awareness.

In conclusion, I will give you a quote to contemplate on:
Buy the ticket, take the ride – Hunter S. Thompson


There is nothing in between …

There is no way in between…
Either you do it or not! Challenges are there to test, not to kill you.

Speaking about growth and experiencing life I want to do as many things as “impossibly” you can imagine. You perhaps want too! With a lot of imagination, of curse. It is key for feeding your muse exploring the world. But often times, as eastern gurus would say, the key is hidden in you. 

A journey for a lifetime starts with curiosity. It is adventure to try out new things, you might heard of before, still never tried yet. It is even more rewarding jumping into the unknown and uncertain dynamics of an adventure sport or a long travel. But it all takes courage. And courage isn’t just a momentary thing. It needs to be honored everyday in order to be kept alive when you need it. You have to act accordingly your decisions to honor your courage. Well it sounds a lot of work, doesn’t it ? Who does so much?

Winners get everything, losers pick what is left.


It is so unbelievable true that we are crafting our own fortune. Self-discipline and responsibility are qualities that show if the person has grit or no. It is vital though to carry that carefree vibe to keep your mood uplifted. Not only that but it is good for the spirit, it is good to share that positive aura with other people while communicating. And surprisingly you will want to talk more.

There is nothing in between.

Either we improve or we get bad. And that is just because of decision. Even when take a step back and refuse to make a decision we make another one. But it is so subtle that we might miss the fact we did. Despite our awareness of these decisions we act upon them later on. It is just our brain using us.

Conversely grind and excel doesn’t always brings joy and fulfilment. In fact everything that we perceive outside is a human creation, except nature. Time is a vague dream and everything loses its meaning after the moment is gone. Everything we have is now. Enjoy every moment as if there is no more time for new one.


What is that feeling that you are still looking for?

Explaining what “Flow” concept is, based on positive psychology.

Do you want that Ben&Jerry tonight or is there something greater than it? Some call for adventure perhaps?

The fact is that feelings are temporary, they come and go. It is also true that they have different effect on us – positive or negative. Someone can make is excited or angry, for example. The reality is that we are very reactive , and sometimes that even leads to bad decisions. We buy that junk food that we really know it’s bad for our body or we spend too much money on clothes we do not actually need. Or at least that’s my case….

But what is really interesting is that emotions are very shallow. We get them often, perhaps not in full package, but we have experienced them before. We know how they taste like and have our all time favourites. And those we try to stay away from. On the other hand, there is those moments that happen during highly accidental that makes us fully immersed. What are they?


This picture is one example of what positive psychology calls “Flow”. You might heard of it as a “peak performances”, “runners hight” or “in the zone”. Despite all the labels that we put on it, the experience is still the same. It is very much like that hypnotic feeling that you are doing something beyond your powers. That’s why you also lose yourself there. You are not judging what is happening right in front of you. It is just timeless. And you are creating new experience for yourself that otherwise you might find scary or even impossible.  There are very good books on the topic, but the foundation you will find in the person who first describes the phenomena. His name is Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, hard to pronounce, but not that complicated. In his book “Flow” he describes what it is, how do you get there and much more.

This may sound very out of reality and not accessible experience for normal people, but it is. That doesn’t mean that it is easy. People tend to have different flow experiences. In some it may be easier to trigger in social situations, other in sports or any other activity. Doesn’t matter the activity, it requires a certain competence and skill level. It is that sweet spot between fear and boredom. It is the ultimate challenge to meed your current expertise. And from there, it just flows….

Pushing your self to the limits increases the potential to trigger “flow” experience in sports

What actually flow give us?

  • Adrenaline, rush, hype
  • Serenity and peace
  • Boost your well-being
  • Happiness
  • Deep fulfilment
  • Amazing experiences to share

I hope that article helps out to get up and try new things. Or continue doing the one that still gets you in the zone. Just being there is awesome! If you haven’t been there yet do not hesitate and over thinking it. Lose yourself in practice and it will come. Luckily tasting that yourself will make you chase it for a lifetime.