You’ve traveled Widely for the Series, Amazing Adventures Of A No One.
When did you understand that journey should be more about human connection than anything else?
My journey across America about $5 a day, which I called Amazing Adventures of a Nobody, actually educated me that traveling is the school of life. I’ve learned a lot on my journeys is all about connection. It is so important that I hear you and that you visit me, and that I find you and you listen to me. For whatever reason, it took me relying entirely on the kindness of strangers to sort of cement that on my soul, traveling about America and quitting my job. That human connection is the thing we possess. Too a lot people don’t think about that, as though it’s not important but I discovered that the most significant issue will be seen.
In your recent book, The Kindness Diaries,you speak about the false connectivity we believe in our daily worlds. How do travel help us fight this? Any helpful ideas to help us link to what’s vital?
I find that when I come home from my travels, I find people on their telephones and they’re not connecting with each other. They think they’re: Facebooking, Tweeting, Instagramming. There is nothing wrong with that but to me, connection that is accurate is face to face. True connection is me using a chat I being seen by you, you being seen by me. I remember this very clearly, I came back from a trip I was on in Oman in the Middle East, and I realized how people weren’t as correlated, significance on iPhones, along with iPads and computers and all this sort of stuff. And yet they looked a lot more happy.
What would you want others to profit from your epic global experience on a yellow motorbike from Los Angeles, around the United States, India, Cambodia, Vietnam, Canada, and again to L.A. back?
I saw everybody on his or her phone and I came home, and I had an epiphany: I’m going to go on a connectivity detox. I switched off my cellphone, I turned away my computer and I began to connect with my own friends, with my family, together with strangers with no the usage of telephones. What I realized was that true connectivity is not about the phones; it’s face to face. It’s actually not only about traveling; it’s all about life.
What’s the Salman Rushdie quote,”To understand only one life, you must swallow the world” meant to you?
Switch off your phone! Try it for a day! That is my suggestion: for a period, turn your cellphone away. I assure you, you’ll feel a bit nervous and stressed out. However, there.
Name your 3 favorite places you have traveled to on solely human kindness?
What I would want people to profit from my journey across the world is that everybody can live his or her fantasy. I say that because, as a kid and as a young adult, I followed other people’s fantasies. I was working as a broker and I was doing things which I believed other people needed me to do. I didn’t have the guts. One day, I watched the movie The Motorcycle Diaries, which prompted me, and I had an epiphany and I realized that if he (Ché Guevara) can do so and he would go out and live the life that he wished to live, than so would I. If he can live his fantasy in the movie, than so can I. And if that I could live my dream, and that is to travel the world and connect with individuals, bring it back and share it, than so will you.
Give us a Top 5 listing for one of these destinations such as a travel guide of sorts. (can be anything- a milestone, bar, playground, etc)
It deep to me and it basically goes back to the matter of connection. The fact is no person is an island, although a lot of us are still an island , we’re all one. And all of these different cultures are experienced by you and when you venture out to the world, you understand that, yes, on one level we are all different. But we are all the exact same. You have you have. You’ve got each of these experiences and all these different personalities, yet they’re all one and that, to me, is exactly what Salman Rushdie is speaking about. You go out, the world is experienced by you and you experience people’s lifestyles along with your life.
Your favorite traveling picture?
The initial person is America. I think there’s a generosity of spirit in this nation that’s truly deep. Multiple occasions’ve traveled around America and there’s good in people’s hearts and I believe it every day I am on the street, I believe that the goodness.
Your preferred traveling companion (when not independently )?
Secondly, I’d say Bhutan, which is a nation to India’s northern shore. They have this thing called gross national happiness, where the country’s success is determined, not depending on how much money people make but on how happy they have been, and I felt this feeling of joie de vivre that they have in their souls. They are so happy and so happy and they were exceptionally sort to me.
Favourite global airline?
Another place is India. It is a smorgasbord of culture and colors and sounds and deep inside their souls, the Indians are a terrific people and I received so much kindness from those who had nothing, actually. When I was in India, I thought to myself,”I really don’t know whether I’m going in order to do this, these people do not have a lot.” However, I realized they have a great deal inside their hearts.
Country Together with All the kindest Folks?
I’m going to pick America; I am aware that it’s a huge place, but I’ve made it my house and I’ve traveled probably than I have everywhere else on the planet. These are in no specific order.
Best way to pass the time while traveling?
I am a history buff so I’d state the number one spot to visit is Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. where Lincoln was assassinated. You can then go to the home you are able to go into the area and where he died and the bed can be seen by you and it’s a moving experience to observe that the background of America unfolding in front of your eyes.
Most exotic place your career has taken you?
Los Angeles, where I live; I still love LA! There is beautiful weather, fever consistently 72°… well, sometimes more! It is always raining and when you develop in England, LA has this magical draw. The ocean is nearby, the mountains are nearby, there’s amazing nightlife. If you visit America, try to create a pit stop at LA..
What are the a few things that you could never travel without?
The place will truly be a road trip. You get the gist of this nation, especially in the Midwest, if you can do a road trip around America. I’ve found people in the Midwest to be among the most real people that you are able to meet.
Your favorite traveling quotation?
Number four: Las Vegas.
For two nights, 2 days. Without visiting Vegas, you can not come. It is a crazy place but, as they state, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas… but do not get too sexy!
What are a few ways that most people can travel more conscientiously, even if we opt to pay our own way?
I would say number five. Yes, Times Square resembles the middle of capitalism: you have got what and all these billboards, but it’s such an place. You go there and you feel energized. It is one of my favorite areas. I began my journey in Times Square and traveled all the way. However, Times Square has this energy on it.
What do we expect from your upcoming show, The Kind Way Around?
Well, this can be a simple one. The Motorcycle Diaries. It is a romanticized version of Ché Guevara traveling cross South America relying solely upon the kindness of strangers. I watched that when I was a broker in London uninspired with lifetime and actually, to be really miserable. I watched this movie and Ché’s dad wanted him to become a physician and he did not wish to be, even he wished to travel across the world. He made a break with his dad and he traveled over South America and he met all these people and he inspired them and was inspired by them and it showed me that he had this feeling of freedom and intent. Again, even a version of the man but it was a movie to me. It prompted me to believe in myself and feel that anything can be possible. From that instant on, my life changed. If you want to feel a feeling of independence and a feeling that anything’s possible, I’d suggest watching that movie.
Where to next?
I’ve got a small Boston terrier and he’s 12 and a half years old. That he doesn’t love me once I leave him although he likes me very much. Because of my job, I must leave him. I am sort of ignored by him to get four or five days, literally ignores me when I return home. For him to reconnect with me, the only way that I can find is to take him. I take him when I come home after the time of him bothering me and we go where. We get in the car and then we go to San Diego or Malibu or where. He can not travel as much as his own daddy although he’s a traveler in his own heart.
I would have to say Korean airlines. I traveled with them twice but they were just awesome! I discovered myself but I felt like I was in business class.
I Would have to say it’s a toss up between America and Bhutan.
Since I live here, I am not only saying America and I really don’t want to piss off you! Because I believe it, I am saying it. Like I said, I’ve traveled extensively in America and there.
There is also something about the Bhutanese which has been wonderful, it was soul improving.
So if I had to pick, I would say Bhutan, but only by half of a millimeter!
It is driving! I enjoy driving in places. I push, I hear msuic, I go to B from A and I end up becoming a meditative person and experiencing the cultures firsthand.
I’ve had the great fortune of travel extensively, I’ve been around over 90 nations and I’ve experienced so many things. I would say that to is that the Gobi desert in Mongolia. I remember very clearly: it was like 2 in the morning, I was driving through the desert and I decided to quit and I looked up into the heavens and I saw the sight. Like the stars had been Photoshopped, it was so beautiful it was. It wasn’t just amazing on a mind level; it was amazing on heart level. Since I was touched by it in a place I would have to say Mongolia.
I’ve traveled so much without anything! J So I’d say that when I am doing my journeys I am quite able to journey without anything. I think one of the most significant things so one thing would be my own iPod for me is music. I think music is the language of the soul.
I’d say the issue is that the soul of wanderlust. If you do not have that soul inside you when you travel you do experience the delicacies which you can not be a part of, and I am not talking about food; I am talking connectivity and about culture and people.
I would say the third issue is that my lucky red coat. Since it’s been so well traveled, it’s actually now pink but I love to call it red. It is my coat and I’ve had it and it’s kept me safe. I keep fixing it although it keeps breaking down.
My fourth thing would be and I always travel with. I am big to fortune, or maybe it’s religion.
To this day, I really don’t know who mentioned this so if you know, please tell me!
“Traveling is the one thing you buy that makes you wealthy.
One thing that I’ve learned on my travels is that when we are in someone else’s country, we are in their residence; we’re part of the community; we’re guests and we all need to be respectful of that. They must act in a manner that is respectful, when someone comes to a house. (Well, they do not need to, but you would imagine that they would.) Therefore I think, as a traveler, try to give back and try to learn from that culture.
For instance, I was in India and I n’t do any of my journeys. I was in this really nice hotel and I decided that it was important that I gave back into that instant. Then you know exactly what I mean if you have already been to India . So, I asked the concierge,”Could you send me to an orphanage. I would like to go and be of service.” They sent me and I spent the day there.
I am sharing this story, not because I want you to know that I moved to a orphanage and helped out. Because, basically, everyone can be of service I am sharing it, everybody can help. You are able to give of yourself if you go to a different country. They are giving of themselves each day you are there! What a way to have the ability to give back, even in a small way. I spent 7 or 8 hours but you can give back in a small way each time you travel and go. You can take part of that nation together and bring it home. It is such a powerful thing when you are in someone else’s house, the surroundings of someone else to have the ability to talk about your gifts with the others and especially. Do not go there and think,”Oh, well, I am paying all this money.” No, it’s not bout that! They are there for you and you are there for them.
It is also and a book a show. I circumnavigated the world on kindness. I bought myself a vintage yellow motorbike called Kindness One, sort of like Air Force One but a bit more yellowe. I depended on kindness: I had no money, no food, no place to stay. There was a small amount of a spin: a treat that is life-changing was received by unsuspecting very good Samaritans. I’ve realized that kindness is not a one-way street, it’s a two-way street: It is all about giving and receiving. I wished to go on this journey, experience all of the beauty of the world and, you know, that not so amazing things in the world because things are not always lovely, as my trip will attest if you see the show or read the publication. However, it was essentially a trip around the planet, attempting to inspire people, if I could, to move out and A) to live their fantasies and B) to understand that kindness is not weakness. Kindness is electricity.
Well, I enjoy pushing myself. This time, I think maybe I am pushing myself too much. I’m going to be driving from South Africa’s tip to the northernmost tip of Finland. There is going to be a little life changing twist attached to the journey, very similar to The Kindness Diaries but a tiny bit different. I am not going to discuss that just yet! You will need to wait around for me to start my journey.
Really, travel has changed my life; it’s inspired me to be the man I am now and I hope, in some small way, during possibly The Kindness Diaries or my forthcoming Africa journey, it will motivate you to go out and fulfill your dreams and understand that you truly can be the best that you can be and do not let anyone stop you from that.