The travelmvmt Mission
The travelmvmt Mission
My mission is to help people find a sense of fulfilment and connection to the world around them through local travel, cultural immersion, and personal growth. I believe that travel helps us better understand and contribute to the world in which we live.
My goal in creating this website is to provide you with a quality resource for travel, self-development and lifestyle in one convenient place. The focus of travelmvmt is to:
- Immerse you in local culture and create authentic travel experiences that last a lifetime;
- Empower you to change how you interact with yourself and others for the better; and
- Build a sustainable lifestyle giving you the control to live your life on your own terms.
The Power of Travel
Travel is freedom, fulfilment and self-growth, all rolled into one incredible, character-building experience. It also has the power to shift perspectives and provoke change. We all know of that one friend or family member that came back different – a seemingly improved version of themselves. You could just feel they had experienced a shift and became wiser, more confident, less anxious, more social etc. Travel has a special magic about it that can only be explained if you have lived it yourself.
Are You a Tourist or a Traveler?
To travel as a tourist, skimming the surface of a destination and culture is one thing, but to really travel deeply and live in the action is an entirely separate experience. I have found that the best way to take advantage of the value travel offers requires traveling like a temporary local, immersing yourself in the culture, and sharing raw, human connections with the people around you. This type of thoughtful travel is well worth the time and money, and offers a far richer, more authentic experience than you could have ever imagined.
My purpose is to help you better connect to yourself and the world around you through local travel, self-improvement, and by building a lifestyle you want to live.
Traveling Like a Local
Local travelers are masters of seeking out rare and exclusive experiences which are usually only accessible to people in the area that are in-the-know. They recognise tourist traps and often find that the best things to do and see do not have to be the most expensive. They research and plan, yet remain flexible and spontaneous, ensuring they get the most out of their trip. Most importantly, they seek to understand the people and place they are traveling in, broadening their thoughts and beliefs.
Traveling like a local opens many more doors for the type of real experiences that bring you closer to nature, other people and yourself. Maybe you learn the local language, stay with residents, share a homemade meal, volunteer, or explore the lesser-known alternatives to the more touristy things to see and do. Whichever way you choose to do it, going local helps unlock the true potential of the destination you’re exploring, offering a far more memorable, fulfilling experience. This sort of travel changes how we interact with the world.
A Transformative Experience
Travel changes people. It breaks down routines, monotony and brings back the spark of curiosity, adventure and excitement into your life. You return home with a clearer sense of purpose, healthier self-esteem, and broadened world view. You come to understand yourself and the world you live in far better than before. You feel more connected to life and energised to create your own destiny, knowing that you are in control of the lifestyle you want to live.
A new type of traveler roams. Modern day explorers seek authentic experiences and personal change, not just viewing popular sites from a tour bus and checking items off a bucket list.
I realised how easy it is for us to get caught up in the trap of climbing the ladder of success only to discover that it’s leaning against the wrong wall.
It all started with a letter I received in the mail one sunny day in Australia. I had been accepted to study in the USA on student exchange. I jumped for joy! I had been waiting for this moment for a long time. I knew this is what I needed.
Around this time I was studying business full time and simultaneously working 2 professional jobs. Relentlessly working hard, I was building the foundation of my future success, which I thought meant being dressed in a suit and doing big deals before speeding away in a Maserati to a waterfront mansion. Truthfully, I was addicted to books and movies portraying Gordon Gecko-type business tycoons and high-flying executives. I wanted everything they had.
I was ticking all the right boxes. I had an impeccable Grade Point Average, my bosses adored me and I was building a base of influential contacts across various industries. But the reality is I was incredibly unhappy.
On my resume, I was an astute young person with ambition that understood persistence and sacrifice. What was left out was that I was also stuck in a rut, depressed and disengaged from life. I felt isolated and trapped in negative self-talk that I could not stop running in my mind. I felt helpless.
And then, just like that, I left it all behind in the space of a 12 hour flight to California. What was meant to be a short semester abroad at a University notorious for its college party life, turned into a year-long journey of travel, self-discovery, love, break-ups, a few epiphanies and some very good friends and mentors.
My outlook on life completely shifted. I still believed in dedication and hard work, but I had now understood something priceless about the value of having time, good relationships, a healthy body and mind, and a sustainable purpose. I realised how easy it is for us to get caught up in the trap of climbing the ladder of success only to discover that it’s leaning against the wrong wall.
After graduating from San Diego State, I came back home to Australia feeling different. I felt stronger, more capable and things were far clearer to me than ever before. I made new friends and had fulfilling relationships that opened me up and taught me a lot. Travel had helped uncover a higher, more refined version of me, and I loved it.
How travelmvmt Began
After working and saving in Australia for a little while, I decided to quit my job at a Tech start-up and do a trip I had dreamed about for years – backpacking Europe. This time I was armed with the experience of traveling like a local and set out with the goal of being more present and immersing myself in the people, culture and place I was in. I traveled close to the ground, befriending strangers, chatting with locals, and experiencing a whole new dimension of travel.
After returning home from this 8 month trip, I felt renewed and refreshed, but also a sense of trepidation.. I still felt somewhat lost. I was an adult now, and had proven myself as a man in many challenging situations on the road. But inside, i felt like I was missing some of the key ingredients to living a successful life.
I went back to working 9-5 and I realised that working my ass off and being unhappy throughout the year, just to get a few weeks holiday was not going to suffice. It was simply not a sustainable way to live life effectively. It wasn’t even the lack of the ability to have time to travel, but the fact that this “safe” path did not seem to be bringing any true fulfilment into my life. Much of my energy and creative juices were sucked out by work, leaving little energy to devote to the things that truly mattered to me outside.
I became convinced this was in fact the dangerous path to high-comfort but ultimate low-satisfaction. And now I had more questions on what it meant to live a good life, have good relationships, be healthy and feel successful. And with these thoughts came more questions…
So I sought out methods and answers. I began meeting with a down-to-earth psychologist who turned out to be somewhat of a life mentor. I read books and watched videos about success. I began regularly practising yoga and eating much healthier. I learned about the importance of gut health, sleep, breathing, and activating the vagus nerve. To keep all these things organised, I started keeping a personal journal to be more aware of my old and new thoughts and behaviour patterns. Apart from travel, this has been the best thing I’ve ever done for myself.
Eventually, this all started syncing in together to a point where I felt that I now had more practical tools to advance and fight the things that daily sought to pull me away from achieving a happier, more fulfilled life. I found myself starting to let go a little more of the ineffective thoughts and behaviours that didn’t serve me before, and taking action.
I still have a long way to go with lots of ups and downs to experience. I personally struggle with some of the things I have shared in this manifesto. But the struggle is worthwhile and fulfilling, and one step forward today is better than where I stood yesterday. This process brings meaning to my life and enables me to appreciate myself and serve others more.
Through thoughtful, local travel, you have the opportunity to grow, experience more, master yourself and live a happier life. You will never be completely satisfied or fulfilled, but you will be in a far better place than ever before.
How I Want To Help You
I’m here to help you overcome the fears and objections of escaping your comfort zone and feel more connected to the world through travel, self-growth and lifestyle design. I want you to be empowered and proactive to shape your own life, instead of living it out by default based on the will of others. I want you to take personal ownership and feel fulfilled.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a gap year student, an entire family, solo nomad, middle-aged single or retiree. Through thoughtful, local travel, you have the opportunity to grow, experience more, master yourself and live a happier life. I hope you can join me for this journey together.