“Where are you going?”
Solo Trip Journal 56 — Vistas From A Vespa is all about a wonderful trip around Bali. Inside you’ll find:
Have you read STJ55 — Changes and Challenges? It’s the prequel to STJ56, outlining the struggles I go through on arrival in Bali, finding a secret waterfall, and my first motorcycle adventure here.
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“Six months and six countries...”
Solo Trip Journal 54 — Prioritizing My Practice is the next edition of global living, inside you’ll find:
Tap to open STR54 — Prioritizing My Practice
Have you been to Bali or Indonesia before? Which places do you recommend I visit? Let me know in the comments!
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Welcome to Pt. 3/3 of the Life Lessons in KL series. While the trip to KL certainly brought growth and development, this last lesson is the most impactful.
In Pt. 1/3, I discuss the importance of managing expectations and being present in the moment after an annoying situation with a yoga studio. Watch the video here.
For Pt. 2/3, my relationship with money is in focus. Previous I was solely focused on money and this was very balanced. After moving abroad, I didn’t focus on it at all and now I’ve learned to maintain more of a balance. Watch the video for more info.
In the video I mention a restaurant Wild Honey, read about my first time experiencing rich, Turkish coffee here.
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If you haven’t seen Pt. 1/3 of Life Lessons in KL, watch it here.
In Pt. 2/3 I focus on changing my relationship with money and implementing it in KL. The fact is, what we focus on shapes our worldview, and our worldview determines those who are in our life. This cycle continues to build momentum, for better or worse.
What’s your mentality like?
Have you noticed you attract people who share a similar mindset? Have you ever consciously shifted your mindset and seen your surroundings, friends and circumstances change? I have, several times in fact. The best part is, the more aware I become, the more dramatic the changes each time I make it happen. This plays a large role in how I create the life I want.
Watch Life Lessons in KL, Pt. 1/3
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“I feel the mojo spring back to life...”
Have you read Solo Trip Report 50 — Living Life A Little? It includes restaurants to visit in Phuket, everyday uses for natural health products and the feedback from the Solo Trip Report name change survey (which is now Solo Trip Journal). If not, click here.
Solo Trip Journal (STJ) 51 — A Pivot Point, highlights my trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and includes:
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In this article I explain why I prefer cellular data over wifi, share the cost of different data plans around Asia and reveal a fantastic deal I received here in Vietnam!
As an international traveller and resident, I find it particularly interesting to compare prices of everyday items. Sometimes, items/services are about the same price as in Canada such as many Western brands names (Apple, Nike, Sephora) and other times, they’re not (food, rent, transportation). Today we’re going to talk about a service that is not the same, or even similar, to Canada — cell phone plans!
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This week, I want to share how I'm incorporating the values of the Solo Trip Abroad Mission, and add an action step you can take to start for yourself.
Even though I’m not a full-time digital nomad, yet, I have started the process, and am working on routines which align with the lifestyle. Although many who've made the change are location independent, learning to manage your day, keep a lid on procrastination, taking effective action, incorporating fitness and building your efforts into something marketable takes practice, skill and time.
I have been writing Solo Trip Report since I started living in China, but it wasn’t until Viet Nam I really started expanding on it. Playing new with apps and services, making the content more professional, building an email campaign and expanding the list of people who receive updates. In fact, Solo Trip Report is delivered to people in more than a dozen countries, in four continents, around the world! Subscribe to Solo Trip Report updates here.
While travelling over the last year and a half, I've been practicing my writing skills on both this blog, and a private update. Sharing all the experiences, in detail, with my family and closest friends in a twice-monthly document, I call Solo Trip Report.
As more people express interest, I set up a way for anyone to subscribe. An excerpt of the latest edition, Solo Trip Report 33 — Exploring Vietnam, is attached to provide a glimpse of what they are like.
For more detail, visit the new Solo Trip Report page, read the outline, and subscribe! Archives of the last couple reports are also available.
In January, while completing my yoga teacher training, in India, I met some amazing people. They were from different parts of the world, and of different backgrounds, but they played an important role in the life-changing experience I went through. Near the end, a group of us spent time together on a sandbar in the Gangas River, surrounded by mountains as we shared our views on life by a fire.
Chanika, a energetic soul, brought a new perspective to light. She explained the commonality whereby individuals express having found “the right one”. The notion many hold as to romantically imply, “the right one [forever]”.
2016 and the first half of 2017, will be remembered as the kickstart to a dramatic life change. It was the year I finally acted on what, in hindsight, became a number of obvious signs encouraging my departure from North America.
First, while at George Brown, I applied for, and was accepted, to an internship program in Chengdu, China. I think that was around 2013 or 2014. I ended up turning down the opportunity because I'd have to leave working at Apple. There was also the issue of returning to Toronto and trying to find an apartment I could afford, which was near the downtown core. I wasn't willing to commute four hours each day again. I simply didn't have the faith things would work out back then, the way I do now.
The second time I ignored a clear sign from the universe was in 2015. Three random strangers each advised I visit Auroville, India when asked where I should go. What are the chances of that happening? I was really torn this time. The urge was very strong and there was a couple days I was about to cash out my investments and board a plane within 48 hours. One night, during this period, I sat looking at the Auroville website for over an hour, paralyzed about what to do. But this drive soon dissolved.
Over the past few weeks I've become interested in volunteering abroad and learned more about work-exchanges.
I share some thoughts on the perks offered by doing work-exchanges, and how they can be of serious help financially.
The international exposure and learning opportunities from this kind of living have benefits on multiple levels. Be a global citizen, live abroad. It's a lifestyle.
The start of what's next has kicked off with this one step. It feels like crossing a river by hopping from rock to rock — one step at a time. Having a rough idea is great when starting, but as you get out on the rocks, the path looks different than at the shoreline.
A former colleague of mine took a trip to Hong Kong and Vietnam recently and captured some amazing photos. Perhaps I'll explore HK for a few days before doing something else? Who knows? Who cares? I've got plenty of time and the curiousity of a child. Time to explore!
Finishing up with the last of my time in Singapore, I leave the hotel, check into a hostel, explore Chinatown, briefly see someone I met online, and head off to wait for 4 hours at the airport due to the flight not leaving on time.
Once I landed in Kota Kinabalu, I camped on an island for the night. Thanks to a strong sunburn and the noise from the beach, most of the night has been sleepless. Live and learn I suppose. We must try new things before we can improve them and now I know a little more of the specifics to address if I'm sleeping on the beach again.
Singapore, the mid-point of my first ever trip down South to Malaysia. The direct flight was smooth, having three seats to myself. The weather is warm and the city is beautiful!
Today, I'll explore the city on foot and visit a few local attractions such as Gardens by the Bay, before flying to Malaysia tomorrow. Listen to my adventure so far below!
Life is full of points which present a choice. The choices we make and the decision making process all result in our life's path. There is no destination.
After debating for a few weeks on a choice I had to make, one was finally made. The details, thought process and emotions are all laid out here. Whatever decisions you face in life, take time to evaluate them and own whatever comes of your choice.
Life is so multi-faceted. With the many moving pieces of family, school, travel, work, friends, relationships and adventure it is challenging to know which way to go.
How do we know which way is the best way? How are we measuring what is the "best"? There are so many seemingly correct paths, how do we choose?
If you take up following your heart, it will reveal what is most important to you. Many things your brain considers "important" will be forgotten. The discovery of who you are when faced with obstacles will prove to be the time of most intense learning.
After an amazing trip to Rishikesh, India, it was time to return to Tianjin. Here is a brief account of my last day in Delhi and an overview of my transition back to life in China.
To view my photos from the trip, visit: Rishikesh, India 2017
The past month has been a bundle of new experiences. From learning how to breathe properly, being vegatarian, realizing mistakes, leading my first meditation, discovering, receiving and giving unconditional love to making new international friends for future travel!
Listen to my latest audio post to get insight on all I experienced!
After the initial week, the training has definitely elevated a notch! Everyone has become more socially comfortable and started revealing their real personalities.
The physicial and psychological changes are causing a lot of emotional shifts and personal development which all contain growing pains.
I've met other travellers, went on safari, had my heart broken, made lasting friendships and more, all in the audio post attached!