Travel Gear You ACTUALLY Need

Whether you are going on a trip around the world for nine months or just taking a short trip and want to make your life easier, I’m going to show you what I found that works and I find essential.

But first, let’s talk about a few things that made sense when I heard about them, but turned out to be items I never used or too “techy” for the purpose they served.

What You Won’t Need

You might come across some of these items on various travel gear lists on the Web. In my experience, they are not necessary.

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This is a combination of a fork and spoon, and sometimes a knife too! Unnecessary unless you go camping.Read More »

Tips for Traveling With Less

I’d like to share with you a few tips that will make your life easier as a traveler, whether it is for a trip around the world or only visiting family in Tucson.

There are many blogs on the topic, and you can find a ton of ideas if you browse a little, so I’m going to be as accurate as possible to make it easier for you. The goal is not to become a truly “minimalist” traveler but merely get by with less stuff that you have to carry around and remove some of the hassle out of traveling.

Clothing — Most people bring way too much. The goal is to bring as little clothing as possible and not have to do laundry very often.… Read More »

Don’t Listen to Successful People

My Facebook feed is filled with articles such as:

  • 10 Things Successful People do Differently
  • The Morning Routine of Successful People
  • 5 Things Rich People Do Differently

I’ve always been very skeptical of those articles, finding no real value in them. Now, science is coming to the rescue proving why this type of advice does NOT work.

One of the best explanations of WHY that is is a little video I found recently.

The analogy made in the video is VERY revealing.

How to Be Right 10 Weeks in a Row

  • You take 50K people and tell half of them that the stock market will go up and the other half that it will go down.
  • Every week only contact the people who received the right prediction.
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Can You Afford the Snowbird Lifestyle?
My winter retreat in Costa Rica. 1-bedroom apartment cost me $375/month.
My winter retreat in Costa Rica. 1-bedroom apartment cost me $375/month.

Some birds live in Northern latitudes during the summer and migrate South during the winter. How wise of them to do that!

Many Canadians and Americans also do that. Instead of relocating permanently to a Southern State or abroad, they get the best of both worlds by spending a few months in the winter ‘down South.”

Maybe you’ve been to these towns in Florida that have been “invaded” by French Canadian Snowbirds. In some parts of Florida, there are so many of them that they managed to publish their newspaper, get their TV in French and even Canadian banks have opened up locations to get their business there.

It’s often a thing you do at retirement.… Read More »

Winter Amnesia Hits Again!

I wrote a few times before about this strange “phenomenon” I discovered in my early years traveling the world as an author of raw food books.

After my extended visit to California in my early twenties, when I got to meet and work with the pioneers of the raw food diet and lifestyle — David Wolfe, Gabriel Cousens and many others — I relocated to Montreal.

I had not experienced a winter in three years!

It was a rude awakening. I came back from this long trip on February 14th, 2000 — Valentine’s Day and the worst snowstorm of the season. The rest of the winter was also unforgiving.

But when spring and summer came, I forgot all about it.

Some years I ended up traveling or relocating to warm countries.… Read More »

Travel Now, Not Later

One of the most common things on a “bucket list” or just a retirement list is to travel the world.

In some ways this makes sense. You’ll retire at some point, or you’ll work less. Presumably, your kids will be busy with their lives; you’ll have plenty of time, and you might even have a retirement nest egg.

So you’ll travel the world!

Right.

Except…

You should do it a lot sooner!

As people get close to retirement, they sometimes get excited because that when they’ll supposedly get in shape, spend more time with their grandkids, reconnect with old friends or… travel!

My mom, who’s now retired, tells me that people do in retirement exactly what they did in their working lives, except that they might have more time for it. … Read More »

The Write Everyday Challenge!

I’m a few weeks into a “write every day” challenge. I’m on a roll! I’ve already written over 20 new articles and other material.

Why write every day?

It’s a trick used by writers ever since writing has been a profession. The idea is to keep the momentum going. When you write every day, it becomes a habit, and quickly projects that appear significant can happen quickly.

How long does it take to write a book when you write every day?

Weeks or a couple of months, at most.

Write 2000 words a day and you’ll have written a full-length 200-page book in a month!

What about articles?

Writing one article a day means that you’ll have created almost 100 articles after just three months — what I consider to be the minimum for a good content website.… Read More »

You Can’t Force Passion

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“Doctor, I lost my passion and my drive, what can I do?”

“Well, it could be because you are depressed. Let’s fill out this questionnaire, and we’ll find out.”

Minutes later…

“I think you’re going through a depressive episode. I’m going to recommend a work cessation for a few weeks, psychotherapy, and also a pharmaceutical solution. Anti-depressants have come a long way. There are some new molecules that are particularly effective and without many side-effects…”

“Doctor, will I regain my passion and my drive after?”

“Maybe.”

This scene is quite typical, although the questions and answers will be different.

And when you’ve lost your drive and your passion, everyone will have an answer for you. You often don’t need a doctor to give you advice because you’ll find it everywhere!… Read More »

Don’t Tell Anyone About Your Dream

Woman With Finger On Front Of Her Mouth

We’ve heard that one of the best ways to make something happen is accountability.

If we’re accountable for something, then we’re more likely to take action, so the theory goes.

That’s how you have a lot of people say that when you have a goal, you should “announce it aloud” and find a “buddy” who can keep you accountable.

It turns out that it’s the exact opposite of what you should do.

New studies have shown that when people announce their goals, they are less likely to complete them!

And it’s probably because of a few psychological reasons:

1) By declaring a goal, your brain partly thinks it is already accomplished. So it doesn’t feel compelled to take action.
2) We may unconsciously be afraid of failing, or not doing it well, so not taking action is one thing we do to save face.Read More »