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¡Hola from COLOMBIA!

It’s been over a month since I sold everything to travel the world. If
you’ve been following my Instagram posts, you’d know my first stop was
Colombia. I thought I’d finally get back to you and share some of my
experiences and insights on traveling Colombia so far.


Having heard quite a lot about the culture, music, and most of all,
the diverse people, it was hard to pass on seeing what Colombia had to
offer. Plus, I scored a pretty sick deal on my one-way ticket here. At
$20, it was more than I would pay for a domestic flight to New York so
that was crazy…

My travels within Colombia began in Cartagena which is often referred
to as the crown jewel of the gorgeous Caribbean coastline here. It is
a well-preserved city that was founded in the 16th century. Filled
with colorful colonial buildings, the wall port city was also the main
point of entry throughout the country’s history. It was through
Cartagena that most African slaves were brought into the island on
ships. In the 1600s, some slaves ran off to a place about an hour’s
drive outside of Cartagena and settled in San Basilio de Palenque, a
town they fought for and made their own. Today, the residents of this
village are still very much in touch with their ancestry and it is
evident in the cultural dances you’d see on the street, the language
they speak which has a bit of Spanish, Portuguese and influences from
native West African languages with roots in mostly the Congo,
Guinea-Bissau, Nigeria, and Senegal.

 

Most of Cartagena is now a city that caters to tourists, so you
wouldn’t really see any culture on display there. Don’t get me wrong,
there’s plenty to explore around the town and a decent variety of
restaurants to eat at. But if you visit Cartagena, you’d be amiss not
to head to Basilio de Palenque, a town which is historically the First
Free Town in the entire Americas. In other words, it is the first
place where black people lived free of slavery and that on its own
makes it worth the stop. About 10 years ago, in 2005 to be exact,
UNESCO named this village a Masterpiece of Oral & Intangible Heritage
of Humanity.

For accommodation, if you want to be right in the middle of everything
then I would search around the area of Old Town San Diego. It’s easy
to find a lot of hostels and guest houses there. Although I’m a fan of
backpacking, I usually prefer to find home stays on Airbnb, as it
allows me to get away from the tourist crowd and meet some locals.
If you come here looking for nightlife, there’s no shortage of that. Most
travelers head down to Clock Tower Gate so you can mingle with other
tourists there in the plentiful bars, as well meet some hot Colombian
ladies. You should be warned though, it’s also a hotspot for
those looking for pay-for-play action. LOL. But there’s a good mix of
the regular locals that just want to party. Regardless everyone is
pretty cool, so you don’t have to worry or feel out of place whatever
your style is.  

 

After spending 4 days in the scorching Cartagena sun, I moved on to
Medellin. It was a 1hr 30-minute plane ride and the ticket cost about
$35. Medellin is a mountainous city with high rise buildings, 
So it felt like being back in the States only that it was 1st world living
with 3rd world pricing. Medellin felt very status-conscious and the
focus on the economy and finances didn’t appeal to me. There wasn’t much social life, and among the three main areas of the city, El Poblado,
was the most overrated area to me. Not much to see but inflated prices
on everything. It’s certainly the tourist hub and as such, with a few gringos and expats. Very much the part of Medellin that
caters to the upper class and most of its bars and restaurants are
full of a mix of locals and tourists. Parque Lleras, also in that area
is popular with backpackers if you’re looking for that crowd. But don’t get me wrong it is a nice place to live with the most beautiful views of the city and mountains.   

Envigado would be the second area, and this part is more of a suburb
area, although it is not so far away from El Poblado. Here, you
certainly get a bit more of the Colombian culture. I mean, it is the
place that birthed Medellin’s most dangerous man in history, the
infamous Pablo Escobar. With more locals than tourists, prices are a
bit lower on this side. There are also a lot more local restaurants to
choose from and the main spot for nightlife was Parque Envigado, a
pretty chill place to just kick it with some of the locals.

Now, if you’re looking for most Authentic Colombian experience, I
would head over to Laureles. In this area, prices are a lot lower and
the food options and nightlife are plentiful. Just head down the main
road, past the futbol stadium and large skate boarding park. Salsa
lovers will love this area; it’s been one of my favorite areas to live

Since I arrived Colombia.

The last stop I made before heading back to Medellin again, was Cali,
one of Colombia’s most cheerful cities and its sports and salsa
capital. I don’t have much to say about Cali, because although I spent
3 days there, I didn’t get to explore it much. Why, you ask? Well, it
wasn’t the easiest place to get to know on your own and the few places
you’d like to sightsee or just tour, could get a bit sketchy at night.
So, the energy in Cali is great and so are the people but I wouldn’t
say it was a city you had to visit to see Colombian culture.

Initially, I planned to spend 3-4 months here in Colombia but being
here, my plans have changed quite a bit. To be honest, I think it’s a
worthy destination that gets a bit too much hype on blogs and travel
sites. Again, not to dissuade you, I do think there’s something for
everyone in all the cities here, it just depends on what you’re
looking for and maybe also on how good your Spanish is. The people are
very cool and welcoming, so it’s quite a nice, affordable country to
live in for a little while but when it comes to exploring there’s not
much to do. Also, I’ve found the food to be one of the biggest
disappointments and that as you know, is a big deal.  
On May 22nd, I’ll be leaving Colombia but the journey must go on…
Where to? Well, you will find out sooner than later as I’d keep you
updated on my Instagram- Follow my page Vacayislife for more details.

Becoming a Nomad

Becoming a true nomad means gaining your independence and freedom. You explore and travel the world. You’re free to do what you want without exceptions. You gain new experiences, you discover new things and earn more knowledge. You make huge and great connections to the outside world and have lots of opportunities to do more. You gain new experiences and travel the whole world and different places. Experience things that you never experienced before. That is becoming a true nomad. Your mind and soul are opened to new things and challenged on different hardships and trials that you will experience along the way.

In order to become a nomad, here are some steps and tips for you. To become a nomad is in your mindset. You must first set your mind to be free. It’s not just simply freedom that you think. It is all about releasing all the chains and restrains that binds your soul to the ground. You must release your mind and not just imagine things. If you start to set your mindset like that, you will be free and you can start your nomadic lifestyle. It means that you cannot just turn on or off your urge to discover, your urge to travel, everything. It just flows within you, through your mind and veins. That is the main step in becoming a nomad. Being prepared and enjoy every moment will just follow. When your heart and mind is set, you are ready to go.

The nomadic way of lifestyle is advantageous more than anything else for people to wok remotely, excluding career, relationship, liabilities or assets. However, the more sustainable lifestyle considering it is quite difficult to maintain. Once people decided that their nomadic lifestyle become first option, they will come with forms to array life correspondingly.  Working remotely has great reward that accrued as time moves by. The advantages that are felt from nomad lifestyle are; it offers freedom for person to redefine oneself, acquiring new knowledge, awakens someone, builds a persons life, its fun to work remotely and developments of new connections.

But becoming a nomad is not that easy. You will encounter different hardships on the way. But think about the pros of becoming a nomad. As what I have said earlier, you can discover new places, gain more knowledge, be connected to the outside world and to the people, experience various things that you never had, and enjoy every moments in your life. Freedom and fulfillment, that’s it. But talking about the cons, it is also a big thing. First, you will give up something in your life to become a nomad. For instance, a person has to leave behind his or her families, career options to be able work remotely. the main disadvantages include ; being alone, constant ups and downs, lack of private space, loss of everything time and time. This makes birth, death and rebirth for working remotely. Regret is felt since one miss out some of life essential events of families and friends. You will exchange it and you will experience hardships and a lot of trials. You will also lose some people specially if you are a very sociable person before and have some close friends that you are hanging out. But despite of these things, you will still continue. Because you wanted to be a nomad, then you will accept everything and continue your path. Never lose the sight that is just ahead of you.

POST-TRAVEL DEPRESSION | SOLD EVERYTHING TO TRAVEL

Coming back home after being away for a long time is not easy just three months of being away from home I felt lost and out of place in my own hometown. The weather is different, the food too, the people; everything seems over price all the little things that you were used to are just not the same anymore.

The first few weeks of being back I just felt bored, anxious, and depress it was like a big part of my life was left somewhere else, you feel as if you came back to exactly the spot you left. Your friends don’t understand the new you, don’t want to hear the time when you was in a train full with locals that didn’t speak a word of English spending 4hrs on the train to get into another country then realizing when you get there that you are unable to get into the other country cause you forgot something that is so important back in the other country smh crazy.

Traveling around the world is an incredible experience. You get the opportunity to leave your cocoon and experience the vast world beyond. It gives one the chance to escape the monotonies of daily living, work and all the things that can be considered part of our routines, be it only for a short while. Having the opportunity to travel the world is something I could not trade for anything. I got to interact with many different people and was able to appreciate how diverse we all are. I was able to be part of cultures that were so new and different from mine. Traveling from country to country enables me to appreciate how incredible and beautiful nature really is. I got to see incredible works of architecture as well as forms of nature that I had never seen before. Every day became an adventure.

Returning home was something that i was not really looking forward to. It was quite overwhelming to leave my new found joy of simple living and return to the routine that was my life. I had to go back to work and I had to return to my limited circle of friends. I had to forego the spontaneity that had become part of my life. This made me rather blue and I came to the realize that I may have been experiencing post trip depression. I realized what withdrawal symptoms actually meant. I miss being out there, I wanted to feel the mighty waterfalls while standing on the sidelines. I was used to living on the edge. I had no idea what to do with the confinement and security that home offered.

SOLD EVERYTHING TO TRAVEL

To put it plainly, I wasn’t happy that’s so I knew what I had to do. A decision that’ll change the course of my life for ever. I decided to follow my heart and live for my dream of being a full time traveler, A nomad who wants just enough for living and more traveling. So now, I am selling all the shackles that bind me. I’m selling all my stuff to be able to go see the world. If you’re wondering it’s tough, let me tell you it’s not. Here’s how I’m doing it:

-Before selling off your stuff, the most important step is to detach from them. Start by using such items less often until you don’t need or use them anymore You must realize that every dollar earned while selling your stuff takes you one step closer to your next adventure.

– Be strong. Things can be bought again, but memories are priceless.

– Don’t just throw away your stuff for less than they are worth. Do thorough research and get the best price for your items. I sold a lot of my stuff on sites like offerup and craigslist For you’ll need money for traveling and a good sum will take you far.

 

 

– At the end of the day, just know that these are just things. You have to detach yourself. After all, you aren’t taking them to your grave as well are you?

 

Here I wish you good luck with that. As for me, I have accrued quite a sum and I am all set to start a new journey. Where and When? I’ll keep you posted.

Making Friends While Traveling

Meeting new friends while backpaking and enjoying life in bali

Jimbaran Seafood Cafe

My backpacking travel experience in Bali

Three months of traveling around has taught me a lot the world is not what we think it is and is more than what we think it is, life without traveling is like living in a cocoon with no lights around you. Making new friends should be a every human nature. This is what I learned when I sent myself on peace mission lasting three month from which I had been separated from my entire life back home.

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Life IN CAMBODIA

Enjoying the Cambodian Lifestyle

Every country has its story to tell and history becomes more interesting when it goes through the tests of time. 90 percent of the people living in Cambodia are the Khmer people. The rest 10 percent are the people from Vietnam, China and other minor tribes. Majority of them live in the villages and small towns in the rural ares. A smaller percentage live in the capital city. The food in Cambodia is majorly accompanied with rice or has the rice component.

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JUICY BURGER STAND

MR LA Lune has one of the best burger shop right outside Pontoon Night Club freshly made real ground beef, He has been making those great burgers for the past 10yrs or so if you ever in Cambodia grab you one of them they only cost 2 dollars I bought about 4 of them that night to enjoy with some of the local kids that was hang around, One of them was with his mother  I really like enjoying a meal with the locals sometime thats how you get to know that place and the people around it, Plus the food is so cheap and you get such a big portion for what you pay for you can almost always pick up the tab for everyone.

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Kingston Jamaica

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Had a really great week in Kingston Jamaica the last time I was in Jamaica was for New years of 2015 in Negril which was really amazing. For my second time around Jamaica I decide that i wanted to see the real side of Jamaica One of the best thing traveling around Jamaica being a black guy with dreads it makes me blend in with the locals more faster LOL.

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THINGS TO DO IN CHIANG MAI

 HUAY KAEW WATERFALL

One of the beautiful waterfall in Chiang Mai i had a great time there the view was just amazing.  I had a bit of a journey in this waterfall forest I met this old man and his wife I think he was from Landon and his wife is Thai they gave me some free trekking around the forest usually you have to pay for trekking lesson unless you want to go your self and get lost. His wife was like a champ like she was made for this the way she was climbing up those rocks was really cool.

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