- I’m Riding My Motorcycle to Argentina
- Official Press Release – Traveling Off the Grid, on YouTube
- Preparing the KLR before my Latin America trip
- What to take on a year long motorcycle trip
- My First Day on the Road
- YouTube Video Map
- Blogging Lacking But Video Logging Booming!
- After 40 Days on the Road
- Mexico City’s Killing Me
- The Journey Begins
- Chicago via Denver and St. Louis
- Leaving Chicago Behind
- My First Couch Surfing Experience
- Video of Mexican Police Shaking Me Down
- Interview With Overland Expo
- Entering Into Mexico – Extortion and Inviting Hosts
- News Coverage Over Extortion Video
- Leaving Mexico and Entering Guatemala
- Twisty Roads, City Labyrinth and a Dog Bite
- Unmaintained Motorcycles, Serendipitous Lodging and My Love Affair with Andre
- Lingering Paranoia and Meeting Another Solo Traveler
- Bug Zapper Skills
- Riding Beemers, Replacing Helmet, and Cricket Tacos
- How to be Alone
- Mexican Bus Ride, Riot Police and Church Irony
- Survivor’s Guilt, a Shift in Perspective and the Overrated Mind
- Catching Up: Real De Catorce, Mexico
- Truck Blocking the Road, Guatemala
- The Schizophrenic Bolivian Vagabond [Day 178]
- Couch Surfing in San Jose, Costa Rica [Day 108]
- The Water Filled Vodka Bottle – San Jose, Costa Rica [Day 110]
- Creatures Stirring on Christmas Eve, Playa las Lajas, Panama [Day 125]
- Video Trio: Honduras Traffic, Mayan Temple Climbing, & Nalgene Hack
I listen to this video on an almost daily basis. I’ve been alone for a large portion of my adolescence, young adulthood and of course this journey. At times I was in a dark place by myself, but the majority of my solitude was good. It made me the person I am today.
An border official at the Guatamala border asks if I am traveling by myself, and I nod. He concludes, “Ah, couldn’t find anyone to go with you.” but I correct him and say, “I wasn’t looking.”
The video gives you a taste of why I chose to go alone, and why alone is ok. A group of people, they are self sufficient and in an invisible and impenetrable social bubble. But a single person is open to interaction, and friendly and helping hands come more frequently than you except it.
What I think the main deterrant to being alone is a game people play. It’s the “What If” game. “What if someone wants to do harm to me?” “What if I need help?” “What if I get hurt?” and so on. Stop playing, and the endless possibilities open up, and your inhibitions lessens.
Wreckless behavior some might say. Listen to your intution. You may not have it yet, but you’ll develop it. I have, and I used to have absolutely none. I’d look to a guide book before going to a destination, ceasely search for an internet cafe to find the “right” hostel. Now I wander, and see what happens and my intuition rarely fails me.
In short, remove your distractions (cell phone) and take a walk with yourself more often. You can surround yourself with people when you need it.
The following thing I am going to say will probably look trite, simple or cliche. It will become more meaningful to you when start.