Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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to get my wandering self back on the road again
Coffee - Chocolate - Tea - Squash - Cycling - Backpacking - Hiking - Strolling - Cafés - Music - Party - Social stuff - Entrepreneur - Observational humor - E-commerce
I wrote the following piece of text on a boat to Antarctica. I still strongly believe in this and you could call it my manifest:
"Keep dreaming, but don't forget to wake up. Dreams are great, but just thinking of them and not trying to make them happen doesn't make your life better. I believe that if you really, really want something, there are always ways to get it. Start planning your dreams!
Forget your career for a second. Live your life to the fullest NOW and cut out the things in life you don't like. Of course, money is important, but money is not meant to be collected, but to be spent on the things you like most. People with loads of money often have no time to spend it and lead miserable and stressful lives. What's the point? Also, the economy is very unpredictable: I've seen people get fired who had been working for 20 years at the same company, and weren't ready to retire yet. Do you want to let your life decisions to be influenced by an unstable economy, or do you take measures into your own hands? In fact, if you keep learning and developing your skills on your trip, you'll be worth more on the market if you decide to start working again.
Remove your fears, get yourself out of your comfort zone as much as possible, you'll learn a lot from it and that's where the best things in life happen. Don't be afraid: what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
Anyone can do anything. All you need is a little bit of intelligence, and a lot of perseverance. Don't get carried along by the negativity of friends or colleagues; it's easy to criticize if it doesn't concern your own life. You will see that most of your friends just accept the situation if you decide to follow your dreams.
You don't have to come from a rich family to do big things. I come from a poor single parent household, and I simply worked and saved money to be able to travel. This doesn't mean it's going to be easy for everybody. It might take others longer to save up for something, but it's much easier to stay motivated when you have a clear idea of what you're saving for.
Dreams should be temporary. When you made your dream come through, you should start thinking about the next one. Only by setting goals you'll move forward in life.
Dreams can be anything: starting your own business, going sailing in the Pacific Ocean, running a marathon, you name it.
I believe that if you want something, I mean really want something, the universe somehow goes out of it's way for you to achieve it. Be a bit stubborn and unrealistic at first, let your mind wrap around the crazy idea you came up with. Step two is to tell everybody what you're planning to do. If you tell all your friends about an idea you have and form it in an "I'm going to to x" sentence, they are likely to be willing to help you reach that goal. By doing this, you will get closer to your goal bit by bit. Don't ask for permission, you'll most likely will get turned down. Just do it and say sorry if it fails."
"Find out what you really, truly want in life and go do it"
"Dreams shouldn't only be dreams; it's time for action"
"Carpe Diem", live every day to its fullest
"Cherish your friends more"
"Say yes more" (franchising this from CS'ers Hicks and Mitch, both extreme yes-men)
"It's ok to play at playgrounds sometimes at age 24" (copyright: Angie)
"Truly listen before you speak"
"Patience is a real asset in life"
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I try giving something back. Cooking, being extra social, buying you a drink when we go out, little things that will reflect the message that I really appreciate that you're hosting me.
I've been introduced to couchsurfing by a friend, and I was sceptical at first. Do people trust each other based on an internet profile?
I have been couchsurfing for over 4 years now, and I've stayed at dozens of hosts and hosted some people myself. It is very easy for me to tell other people that I find Couchsurfing one of the best concepts of the last decade.
The general trust level is just amazing, and because of that openness and the honesty in the things people put on their profile surfing has ALWAYS been an awesome experience. I haven't had a single negative encounter. In fact, I've met some amazing people who I would love to meet again someday, sincerely hoping that "it's a small world".
Randomness is also a key element in my CS experience. I often post messages on the CS groups of cities that I visit asking for travel partners. This way I'm creating a win/win: cheaper travels AND meeting new people. Worked out very well so far, like the time I spent 14 days in a small campervan in New Zealand with someone I met on the day of departure.
visited 42 states (18.6%)
Currently I'm at the point of self-rediscovery. I'm throwing things up on the wall to see what sticks.. So far I found out that I enjoy the things mentioned at the top, right under my profile pic.
I'm always interested in new business opportunities. Having read some books and started up a couple of online businesses, it's time for me to take the next step and set up something I can touch and call my own. Currently I'm on the verge of setting up a café in Amsterdam in May 2014. Do come visit when it's done!
Music is a big passion in my life. I'm always collecting tracks, be it Funk, Techno, Hip Hop, Korean Soul, Japanese Surf Rock from the '60, anything groovy and danceable really. I travel with my complete (digital) music collection and am always ready to DJ at parties. Just ask me!
I really enjoy self-help books, and I have a dozen of them on my to-read list. I'm really bad keeping track of what I read, but here are a few of my all-time favourites:
- "The 4-hour workweek" and "The 4-hour body" by Tim Ferriss. I recommend these to everyone! - "The 4-hour body", also from Tim Ferriss - "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell - "The Tipping point" by Malcolm Gladwell - "Body language" by Julius Fast - "The way of the superior man" - David Deida - "Losing my virginity" - Richard Branson - "The 8-minute mediation"
In the movie section I enjoy films that are well put together, usually psychological thrillers. A few of my favorites:
- Coffee and Cigarettes - Batman: The Dark Knight - Memories of a Murder (Korean) - All Studio Ghibli movies (My Neighbour Totoro, Grave of the Fireflies, Howl's moving castle etc) - Jagten (The Hunt) - The Wire (I know, not a movie, but it sure feels like it is) - Das leben des anderen - Funny games - Inception - The Shawshank Redemption - ALL Quentin Tarantino's - Shindler's List - One Flew over the Cuckoo's nest - Casablanca - Rear Window - 12 Angry men - A whole lotta Martin Scorsese - District 9 - The usual suspects - The rest of IMDB's top 250
Check out my travel page on http://www.victorstravels.com. It has pictures, stories and a blog with some articles I've written
If you are interested in anything I've mentioned above, I'm happy to tell you more about it. Sharing is a really important aspect during my travels and back home and I particularly enjoy sharing books, movies, music and a little bit of life experience. If you let me stay at your place I can cook, play games, pet your dog or do the dishes.
Antarctica, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Plurinational State of, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Guyana, Italy, Japan, Korea, Democratic People's Republic of, Korea, Republic of, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Singapore, Spain, Suriname, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
Netherlands, United Kingdom
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