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In August of 2012, at age 30 I quit my  engineering job to take a year off from my career and travel the world. I loosely set South America as my destination, sold almost all of my things and booked a flight out of the country.

That trip and this blog have changed who I am, for the better, forever.

And I want the same for you.

I want to help you travel better. Travel is no longer for the rich and famous. It’s accessible to everyone, particularly to those that live in the most affluent country in the world, the United States of America. Stop thinking of travel as one week at a time in all-inclusive resorts, start thinking of it as slow, adventurous progress across great swaths of land where you interact with locals and begin to understand the world on a personal basis rather than through the nightly news. Become a traveler rather than a tourist.

I want to help you excel professionally. If you’re good at what you do, if you cultivate relationships, if you don’t burn bridges and if you kick ass at your job you can drop in and out of your career as you see fit over time. I want to give you the tools to help you find this freedom in your career. The planet is becoming increasingly economically connected and an intimate relationship with the rest of the world will be critical in your future professional life.

I want you to create more, whatever that means to you. I like to write and take photographs. For you it may be painting, studying music, creating games for your kids to play or building sand castles. Whatever, it doesn’t matter. Create more, consume less.

I want you to live more simply. We are deeply plugged into a consumerist society. We live in a time of great abundance and I think we all need to relearn the value of a dollar. Stop buying new cars on credit, start thinking about each purchase you make and analyze whether it simplifies your life or enriches your life. Consider the impacts your life choices have on your budget as well as the environment, realize that the two go hand in hand. Travel lightly. Stop watching TV. Stop wasting time on the internet (even on this blog!)

I want you to save money. Like, ridiculous amounts of it. I want you to save enough money to achieve financial independence at a young age. Young enough to have time to raise your kids on your terms and to travel the world while your body is still in great shape.

I’m not perfect, I’m not a master at any of these concepts. But I study a lot, I read a lot and I try to write a lot. I’ll share my journey with you in hopes that you find some value in the things I learn, so you can avoid my mistakes and improve the quality of your life.

Gandhi said we must “Be the change you want to see in the world”. This is my attempt.

Some Posts to Get You Started:

The Greatest Time to Be Alive

Letting People Know You Are Leaving

The Hard Truth About the End of a Trip

How to Travel with Less Stuff than Ghandi – the 2013 Life Reengineered Minimalist Packing Guide 

 

  • John Cronan

    Brandon, you still in Panama? It was great seeing you for that short 1 afternoon/evening. Hope you weren’t bored to death by the “Old Boys”.
    We had a great time in Coronado, Marianne and Russ Hockins were there and John Husum showed up for about 10 minutes. Good golf, rum, laughs, and BS. Hope you are doing well, do you plan on seeing Celia in Boquette?

    Later and stay safe, Uncle John

  • Lauren

    Brandon, I am thrilled to have found your blog through MMM. I am a fresh college grad and suspicious in the expectations others have for me (marriage, new car, mortgage) and have been seeking alternative answers that speak to my ideals. Thank you for sharing all of this, you will be instrumental in my pursuit to financial freedom and adventurous life of international travel. I wish I could hug you!