Why is there a Tom Plan my trip?
Hey, Hou hou.
Ah got you!
I’m Thomas, and I’m a backpacker Carpe Diem.
Hmm, sounds cool. What is that?
I like to enjoy a cocktail on a beautiful beach, drink beers in the afternoon, and do fun activities like the Death Road in Bolivia. However, I also eat el menu del Dia almost every day, sleep in cheap (and often cool) hostels, and take some very very very long bus drives. I’m travelling slowly, looking for secret places and interesting people. For me, you can’t understand a country if you’re moving too fast and superficial. Welcome in my universe, where it’s possible to travel cheap but chic.
Now, Please stop scrolling fast and listen to me.
I would like to change your mind on something. Ok? Ready?
Do you know what people’s first regrets are before they die?
- Not enough contact with their friends and family
- They didn’t have a life true to themselves
- They could have been happier
It’s a study made by a palliative care nurse. She wrote the book: Top 5 Regrets of the Dying by Brownie Ware. Even the Guardian did an article about the book.
When people bet money, they say: If I’m a billionaire, I will travel all my life (or I will buy an island and have a big party with all my friends). A lot of people understand that travelling will bring them happiness and freedom.
Maybe, if people would travel more, the regret “I could have been happier” and “I wasn’t myself” could be crossed out off of the list?
Why is the feeling of freedom so present in our idea of travelling?
In our world, at home, we are following schedules, routines, codes. We are working during the week, waiting for the weekend. Then we go out to blow our brain and our wallet. And then Sunday morning, we wake up thinking: “Arf, tomorrow we start again”.
Even our future has a path to follow: we need a good job, a good wife, a nice house, a cool dog, a beautiful baby (or ugly sometimes), a mortgage and a will. We leave no possibility of surprise for the future – no real freedom.
This is why people are so excited about travelling. You are free to go where you want, to eat when you want, to speak to who you want, to be who you want. And freedom rhymes with surprise and adventure (not literally) because you don’t know what is next. You feel alive.
I quit my job to travel around the world. I bought a package of flight tickets, planned to visit twelve countries, and set all the stops I wanted to do.
After one month I was exhausted. After six months I realized that I didn’t want that anymore. I decided to come back to my first love – Colombia.
I cancelled my others flights, lost $1500, and I was happy. Do you want to know why?
I realized that travelling was not a race. It is to enjoy more, take time, accept adventure, and try to find the secret places that few people know.
I realized that traveling was not a race.
It’s alright if in one month you don’t visit every country. It’s alright if you don’t have a selfie with the Eiffel Tower. It’s alright if you do only four stops in two weeks.
People and the experiences make souvenirs – not selfies.
In the end, when you’re travelling, you wish to find some places where you will be happy and free.
How I would like to help you
Yes, I know that we are not all Backpackers Carpe Diem. Some of us want to travel the cheapest possible, others like to experience adrenaline every day, and some enjoy romantic travel with their lover.
With my blog, I would like to help you to create an itinerary of the places you will probably like. And, as everyone is different, I try to add lots of filters (tags), so you can quickly select the articles you are looking for.
Furthermore, in every article, I’ve selected a specific profile backpacker depending on each /activity/experience/transport.
Maybe it will be a place you have never heard of before.
But you will accept this because you are looking for happiness and adventures for your next trip, no?
Travel different. Start now!