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Just Sitting Here

It’s always amazing to see what others have accomplished in their lives.  Their amazing victories are out there for all to see – be it world travel, winning a gold medal or writing a book.  What we don’t see is all of their hard work, self-doubt and outright failures along their road to success.  This little comic from ends with a similar note – don’t just sit their and imagine, do it.  (Great, now I have Shia LeBeouf in my head).

Inspirational Travel Video

I love watching these videos since it gives me a sense of what my family will be encountering during our round-the-world trip.  This one is of a couple that travelled to 17 countries in a single year.  Have a look and be inspired!

If It Were My Home

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in another country?  Well, wonder no more!  A website titled If It Were My Home attempts to compare your country with another in a wide variety of data points.   For example, here’s a small number of comparisons between Canada and Costa Rica:

If It Were My Home (Canada vs Costa Rica)

Of course, the comparisons can be a bit sketchy since we’re not only talking about averages within an entire country but also comparing statistics that are collected differently in different parts of the world (e.g., unemployment isn’t counted the same way everywhere).  Nonetheless, the site is an interesting look at the grass on the other side.

Life From Above and Beyond

Travel photographer Trey Ratcliffe created a beautiful short film titled “Life From Above and Beyond.”  In it, he uses three years worth of beautiful drone footage he’d taken from his amazing trip around the world.  The video is set it to Alan Watts quotes from the book Tao of Philosophy and to music by the always-wonderful Hans Zimmer.  An absolutely amazing inspiration for the sort of film I’d love to make after our family world trip!

Run, Baby, Run!

Okay, not necessarily specific to travelling the world, but I thought it was a fun video that’s somewhat related to this blog — below is a 3D printed animation created 100% in camera, on location, with no green-screen or digital trickery involved.  Filmmaker Eran Amir makes a 3D printed baby run over water and sand on a beach, a main street in a small town, through the avenues of a city, over a bridge and through a market. The entire thing was created on-location in three months.  Amir also has a making-of video to show how the running effect was created.

Spine of the South

Here’s a destination for our travel wish list — the longest mountain range in the world, The Andes.  Below is a beautiful time lapse video by photographer Eric Hanson. Hanson took hundreds of thousands of photos during his seven month trip along South America’s Andean spine, capturing some awe-inspiring skies and landscapes from Ecuador to Patagonia.

No Excuses!

If I had a dime for each person who told me that they wanted to go back to school and learn something specific, but couldn’t because of the apparent cost, I’d have a whopping 95 cents on me (counting the nickels and dimes that were already in my pocket).  Well, now you don’t have an excuse.

The No Excuse List ( gives you a variety of mostly free places on the web where you can learn almost anything that your heart desires.  The list includes categories ranging from cooking, art, music and languages.  Want to learn a particular topic in physics?  Head over to Khan Academy!  Want to learn Spanish?  Try Duolingo!  Or maybe you want to get into photography this year?  Then Cambridge in Colour might be your answer.  Check out the website and see what free things you could be learning right now.

We always complain that we don’t have enough time and money to learn new things.  Well, this solves the money problem.  What about time?  I dare you to try this out: at the end of each day for the next week, count the number of hours (in 15 minute increments) you spend watching TV, YouTube, Facebook, Reddit, playing solo games, etc.  Now imagine taking that time and converting it to learning a new language or other awesome life skill?  Who knows, if you set your schedule a little better and cut out digital distractions, by the end of the year you could be speaking nearly fluent Italian or making beautiful art in Photoshop!

What are you going to learn this year?




Ball’s Falls

It’s been a busy few weeks (obviously), so I’ll just quickly share this nice little video of a drone flying over the Ball’s Falls Conservation Area in Ontario, Canada.  It’s a beautiful hike, indeed.

How Much to Travel the World?

People often ask us about the cost of travelling the world, especially as a family of four.   Since we’re thinking 8-10 months of travel time, that must be really expensive right?  I mean, it costs thousands just to take a trip to Disneyland for a week, so how can we afford to be away for months?

Well, it’s actually not as bad as you think.  Obviously, if we’re going to be going to expensive parts of the world and going to expensive theme parks (U.S. and Disney, in this example), there’d be no way we could do it.  But, most of the world isn’t like that — though sometimes travel agencies will make you think otherwise.  Remember, we’ll be travelling to countries where the average monthly wage is $100-200, so why shouldn’t we be able to do it for something similar?

How much does it typically cost to live in our home for a month?  Let’s say it’s about $4000 for accommodations, food, entertainment, utilities, transportation (gas, etc.) and so forth.  Other families seem to have travelled for far less than that:

What do they have in common?  Going slow, being prepared and knowing when to make sacrifices.

We’re estimating that our travel will be about $60,000 ($6,000 a month) since we’ll be doing more flying than the above families.  Though, to be frank, we haven’t done the nuts and bolts of the costs yet since it’s still some time away…  Hopefully the Canadian dollar is doing a little better by then, though, otherwise our costs are going up!

Now, for a nice (albeit quickly edited) around-the-world video posted a few weeks ago:

The Fig Tree

Just a reminder that it’s never too late.  Even the great Morgan Freeman didn’t get a big movie role until he was 52, with Driving Miss Daisy and Glory, and previously he had several careers from being in the military, being a dancer and acting in the theatre.  And even though he never got any respect, Rodney Dangerfield didn’t get his first big movie role (Caddyshack) until he was 59, and sold aluminum siding before that.

Here’s a quote from Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar that hit home recently, saying that, yes, deciding a single future is hard but the sooner you do it, the sooner your life can begin (otherwise, you might lose everything):


Quote from The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

“I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn’t quite make out. I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.” ― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Click read more to see the full quote in beautiful comic form (by Zen Pencils).

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