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.

What is the role of science, how is it designing our life?

What is the role of science, how is it designing our life?

Science is for those who seek more. It is all around us. We can learn more about our reality thanks to new emerging technologies, crafted with the power of science.

Do we need an artificial substances to feel complete? Of course no.

What this centuries technology brings us is far beyond what supplements used to be. The topic of should you consume any superficial supplements is very flooded, however I believe there is a simple rule of thumb that could be helpful.

If you are taking enough nutrients – macros and micro elements, with organic food itself. That is great, however if you can not get enough of them with food alone, you might consider some supplements.

An interesting book that I read is Stealing Fire, by Steven Kotler & Jamie Wheel. They discussed an influence of science in our future health and optimization. It is profound to understand how to trigger our flow states and use them proficiently.

I talked about flow before, you can find that article here. Today’s article is going to be a little more in-depth. I would to make you familiar with science terms and researches I have read and listen to recently. It is very deep topic, however I believe it is very important for our future. In particularly for our design and well-being. By design I mean everything we build up in our lives, including business, health and relationship aspects.

We are designed to design, and design re-designs us back.

Our perception is influenced by our environment constantly. We create our values based on what we see and what we feel entitled to. All set of influences combined help us shape our own subjective reality. Which we can design. And why do not make it in a way that is going to serve us good? We have unlimited choices. Everything from home location, to job or people that we spend our time with.


More interestingly we can design our body, our system. We could upgrade make it, not only better, but even greater. Neuroscience has a wide scope of subjects interwoven between each other. Where it is main subject is the central and peripheral nervous system. Think of it like a big platform. Where all other subject as pharmacology, psychology and technology come into play. Those domains of science, when merged together are exploring new field of life design. A new form of design, not meant to be comfortable, yet leading us to new discover our full potential. They are optimizing our well-being. Let me clarify here:

Fulfilment is set of all basic human needs met – such as food, shelter, sex, etc

Well-being is the ability to sustain a stage of fulfillment.

Jordan Greenhall

Why we need to know all this?

It is vital to understand the how to connect the dots, more than creating new. Where people rarely find a purpose and a mission in their life we ought to seek without quitting. The power behind all that is living a life with the strong conviction that you matter and your cause matter, where flow comes into play.

We can can’t connect the dots looking forward, we can only see them looking back.

Steve Jobs

We can do what we haven’t even dreamed for. We can outperform our own visions.

Being willing to sacrifice your comfort and going beyond that default zone is a stretch asking our body to support the efforts we exert. And I am not talking about a single battle. It is a constant push, a small hop every day. Leading to us to make that big jump. And when enough of us do it, the whole civilization will.

Our body needs to recover to sustain that tempo and looking for food in the corner store isn’t going to solve it. But we all know that.

Perhaps something new will be the use of neuroscience, pharmacology and psychology to push ourselves to go along that road.

PS: I hope that sparked your interest about the topic. I will get more specific with the following posts.



How to create your own social norms

What are social norms for us? And how to change them if we don’t like them.

Everybody talks about modern society today, moving from old-fashioned traditional habits to more efficient high-tech massaging apps. Is that the future way of communication ? Or there is a better way to approach somebody? 

It is a hard question, at least I haven’t found the right answer yet. Some of us are more introverted and others are extroverted. We all know that extroverts draw energy, when having conversation with people and conversely introverts gain energy in solitude. And that topic has become so mainstream, where society pushes us to be always socially active, aka extroverts. But here is what we might miss sometimes.

The truth is that we are both in the same time. But some of us are more of extrovert than others and some of us are more introvert than others. Those are the two ends of the same spectrum. Those personal qualities are coming from the Myers-Brings model, but not so far the only criteria for a real vs online communication.

When we move from small cities to big metropolises we enter that new level of society. Where we don’t have that much friends as we have used to in the small city. But there is no problem, dating businesses and modern technology are working together for us. They have created an online solution for those of us who justify themselves as “introverted”. It is easier to get online and message somebody without the need of going out. Even as an extrovert i am willing to do that more often. When was the last time you decided to go alone to meet new friends. Is that scary?


Here is the main reason why we stay so much indoors nowadays. Technology have changed a lot of our lifestyle. That is no secret for anybody. But the way it changed human communication is unbelievable. We have erased so much “social operations” from last century that some of us, haven’t even tried. For example going to the library instead of looking something online, doing your laundry  in some public place, buying magazines and newspapers. And a lot of other meetings like auctions and other social activities that nowadays are being held online, instead of in the real world.

Add more randomness in your life. That’s how new stories happen.

Push notifications are constantly poking is for attention. They are seriously taking advantage of our space and time. Because being alone isn’t praised in society. In fact I would say that is mandatory to have those moments for yourself. It makes us relax and detach from work and obligations. And reconnect with ourselves. That time is needed in order to establish your own boundaries. Otherwise we are constantly being called to join someone elses event and neglect ourselves . Those boundaries are preserving our goals. That is the true power of being alone for a while. Also it adds a possibility of randomness in your life. Think about how many interesting stories can happen if you decide to be free and outgoing for while.

Leaving technology for a while will make us far more outgoing. Doesn’t matter if you are extroverted or introverted. When was the last time you didn’t have a laptop at home or a phone? Those moments also improve our attention spawn to recover and help our decision-making skills get better.

PS: Modern society offers us the great opportunity to choose how to design our lifestyles. Being liberal, not traditional. But you have to disconnect from the mainstream first 🙂