While on the road last year I got emails or messages from lots of people who said they wished they could do something like I was doing, but they just didn’t have the money on hand to go about doing so. This post is meant to dispel the idea that you have to have lots of cash on hand, and that there are some creative ways one could go about financing it…
So you’d love to take a huge, once in a lifetime, dream trip. We’re not talking about a week sitting on the beach, but a multi-month trip of a lifetime: whether that’s cragging around the country living in your car, backpacking across South America, or something else entirely like walking across America, riding a motorcycle across multiple continents or even just launching your own freelance, location independent business.
You worked your ass off, paid off all your outstanding debt, and are eager to set out. So now you’re debt free… Congrats! But you otherwise have no money saved up in your bank account… Guess it’s time to just keep plugging away at work, saving money, and putting it off ’til “someday”. Maybe asking yourself in 5-10 years why you never made that dream trip happen.
So what should you do when the time is right but the money situation is not? What about just going now and racking up the credit card debt as you go?
Most would insist without much additional thought that that’s a bad idea… Read More
An experiment in taking a one second video every day with the app, appropriately named, 1 Second Everyday. I first learned of this app at the World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon when Cesar Kuriyama gave a presentation about its development and his reason for creating it. He developed it because he worried that he wouldn’t be able to remember a particularly pivotal year in his life another 10 years from now. You can view Cesar’s original video here; it is an erratic, random, and somewhat hard to follow video. But one that grabbed my attention nonetheless. Unfortunately, at that time the app was not available on Android, but has recently become available. Read More
This post isn’t going to contain any life altering revelations, but enough people have remarked “Oh hey, that’s a great idea!” to me that I thought I could share it with my readers… A quick, cheap, and lighter hard sided plastic bottle for backpacking or climbing trips. Read More
I’ve got my Yellow Fever, Tdap booster, and second Hepatitis A shot. I’m about done with my series of Oral Typhoid pills. And in about a week and a half my buddy Jeff and I will be hoping on a plane bound for Cartagena, Colombia to spend the next 6+ months traveling around South America. Undoubtedly, the bulk of our time will be in hostels, couchsurfing, WWOOFing, and busing around.
But I *DO* hope to get in plenty of time in the mountains, at least camping and hiking, hopefully a little peak bagging (renting gear). It is extremely challenging for me to balance the competing demands of city life and mountain life with only what I can carry on my back. I have never actually done the nomadic backpacking thing before.
I’ve traveled overseas, I’ve studied abroad, but I’ve always kind of had a home base when I arrived. I’ve never had to fit EVERYTHING I need and want on my back for months on end. I’m pretty sure I want to take my sleeping bag, shelter, stove, etc in addition to my laptop and camera gear. We’ll see if I regret that later.
All in all my FINAL packing list is clocking in at around 32 pounds, with no food and water. Which fits in my CiloGear 40L Pack with enough wiggle room for food and other stuff.
Below is my final packing list for 6+ months in South America. Read More
Just like my 2011 and 2012 year in reviews–here’s my 2013 year in review along with a peek behind the curtains of Desk to Dirtbag. 2013 was the year I turned away from a pretty good, fairly prestigious job in Washington DC to go live in the back of my truck across the American West. To do something that most people only talk about doing… “Someday”. Crazy? Maybe a little. But worth it? You bet.
2013 By the Numbers
- I put 20,000+ miles on my truck driving from Washington > Colorado > New Mexico > Arizona > California > Nevada > Utah > California > Oregon > Washington > Alberta > and Back
- My biggest expense by far was truck related. I spent some $5,000 or so dollars on gas alone (I got roughly 16mpg in my Toyota Pickup Truck). I had two unexpected and costly repairs that totaled an additional $1,600 — my timing chain broke and I had my harmonic balancer replaced before it caused more problems. Ouch.
- My intended year long trip ended up being more of a nine month or so trip as things tapered off in the fall and I tried to stay put to save money for the next big adventure in 2014… South America!
- Two of those months were spent in a house in Ouray and the rest of that time was spent on the road and camping in my truck or in the backcountry. By far the most camping I’ve ever done in a calendar year.
- I visited 15 National Parks, and made great use of my America the Beautiful park pass. I made it to Arches, Black Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Crater Lake, Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Mesa Verde, Mount Rainier, Olympic, Redwood, Saguaro, Sequoia, Yosemite, and Zion.
I’ve been home for the holidays and I’ve been checking out the latest mountaineering and climbing movies available for streaming on Netflix Instant, there are a lot of familiar flicks that I’ve seen in years past, but there were a few new (to me) movies available. Below is the list of all currently available Netflix Instant movies related to climbing–but if you see any titles missing, please let us all know in the comments below. Read More