I’m at San Juan International Airport (SJU) in Puerto Rico, waiting for my flight to Santiago (STI) in the Dominican Republic. I’m going to spend the week with Rich, my best friend from college, and the entire Reyes family. This weekend is DR independence day which will be awesome to experience and next week we will be chilling out on the beaches of Santo Domingo.
Anyhow, last night as I boarded the red eye from LAX to SJU, I found the perfect blog post for pre-trip inspiration. Let me pause to say that this was only possible do because of my favorite new iPhone app – Byline – which lets me access my Google Reader from my iPhone. The post, Five Travel Lessons You Can Use At Home, by Rolf Potts appeared on Tim Ferriss’s blog. It’s worth a read, but what I took away from it was beautifully simple: life is about experience not possessions. I would take a trip over a flat screen TV, a great meal over a finely tailored suit and an afternoon with Estrella or Rich or Jaspar or Tom over another meaningless piece of technology any day.
So far this year I have traveled over 50,000 miles and spent time with some of the world’s most interesting people. I haven’t bought a single new item of clothing, technology…really any material item for that matter. This isn’t to say I reject material things, my MacBook and iPhone (along with it’s nifty apps, as previously mentioned) enable me to work from anywhere. My yoga mat, yogi toes and meditation bench keep me grounded. Throw in a pair of running shoes and I am good to go.
Before leaving yesterday Jaspar said to me, “Try to not work over there.”
“Why?” I asked. “I am having a blast. I love the work we are doing. I mean, it’s great to get away from the office and I certainly don’t plan to spend all day in front of my laptop. But traveling and building this business are two of my favorite things in life. Getting do them at the same time is a dream come true.”
With that I plan to continue living the travel, work life indefinitely.