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Popping out of a single sheet of white paper, these sculptures push the limit of possibility in paper arts. Artist Peter Callesen uses only a knife and folds to create amazingly detailed 3D scenes, leaving the empty space on the flat page as reminders of how the shapes where created (sometimes from surprising shapes). See a huge collection of Callesen’s work at petercallesen.com.
11 Reasons to Stop Dreaming and Start Planning Your Round the World Trip
You may never have heard or read the letters R-T-W before. If you don’t know their meaning, that’s all right. If you do know their meaning and have contemplated taking one, then you have come to the right place.
If you are a travel lover, an adventurer, or are questioning what it is you really want out of life, then maybe it’s time you find out what those three little letters mean, and why it is that you should consider taking a Round The World trip of your own.
Some think it’s crazy, some think it’s impossible, some think, “There’s no way I could do it.” I’m here to let you in a little secret. It’s certainly not crazy. It’s most definitely possible. And yes, there is a way you could do it. So get rid of those excuses and get ready to hit the road for a life-changing adventure.
1. You are only going to get older.
This is one of the most-used excuses in the book. “I’m not 18, or 22, or (fill in whatever age you think is still appropriate for traveling for an extended period of time), so I can’t do that.” That’s crap, and deep down, you know it. I was 30 when we hit the road for our RTW, and we met travelers ranging from 18 to people in their 60’s to families with kids – in hostels, taking buses, on mountain treks. We saw people of all ages, so while it may not be common to take a RTW trip at your particular age, it is not impossible, and other people do it.
Whether you’re 17 and sitting in class right now, or whether you’re already retired sitting at home sipping your morning coffee, or you’re at any age in between, one thing is for sure: you are only going to get older. So now is the time. No matter your age, as time goes on, it’s common you will want more comfort and less adventure in your life. It’s a lot easier to endure 24 hour bus rides, stinky, grimy, loud hostels, and multi-day treks through the Andes when you’re young. These are many of the things you may have to do when on an extended trip around the world, and the older you get, the less likely you are to enjoy these types of activities. One thing is certain, though, the longer you wait, the harder it will be to pull the trigger.
>> Read Why It’s Not Selfish for Parents to Travel with Young Children
2. In many cases, it’s cheaper to travel than to live at home.
One of the biggest reasons people give for not traveling long-term is that they can’t afford it. That’s simply a myth. Having the discipline to save for a trip of this magnitude is certainly not easy, nor is having to bypass luxuries like going out for dinner and drinks and buying that new car, television, or outfit. But thinking that a RTW trip is only for the rich or those with a trust fund is simply wrong.
When we’re talking about the everyday expenses of traveling vs. living at home, particularly for those living in countries like the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or anywhere around Europe, chances are it’s going to be cheaper to travel for an extended period of time than to live at home. Mortgage payments, rent, bills, car payments, food, and drinks are all more expensive in western countries. Traveling around the world to areas like South America, Africa, SE Asia, India, the Middle East, and even parts of Eastern Europe are much cheaper than simply living your everyday life at home.
Even if you’re a little older than the gap-year traveler straight out of high school or those in their early-mid twenties traveling right after college, you can still get by easily in many parts of the world for about $35-40/day. And that’s for everything. Accommodation (even private rooms with your own bathroom), food, transport, and activities are all included in that price tag. Try living in the US, England, Canada, or Oz for that much.
>> Read How to Travel Around the World for $40 Per Day
3. You will learn much more from experiencing different cultures than sitting behind a desk or in a classroom.
While school, work, and a career are certainly important, they’re not the most important things in life. Educating oneself and expanding your horizons can have more impact on you as a person than your job, career, or even schooling. You can experience new and interesting cultures on a daily basis and educate yourself on how the rest of the world lives while traveling.
It’s easier to understand a country like India if you are there, talking to the citizens and experiencing their daily lives than by reading a book. You can see for yourself the impact that war and poverty have had in countries like Laos and Cambodia while you’re there, perhaps volunteering and making a difference. You can learn many new skills, like patience, bargaining, and communication with other cultures while on the road much easier than you can while sitting in a cube. Education and careers are important, and I certainly don’t mean to downplay either, but getting out of your comfort zone and experiencing different cultures firsthand can have a much bigger impact on your life than a year of schooling and/or work. Besides, work and school will still be there when you return.
4. If you’re not well traveled, here’s your chance.
Not everyone was lucky enough to grow up in a family that was well-traveled (mine certainly wasn’t). Many people in their twenties and thirties may never have left their home country before. And while this may deter some from embarking on a trip like this, it absolutely should not. In fact, it should be a motivator to get on the road and see the world. Don’t use “I’ve never left my country, it will be too hard” as an excuse. Yes, it will be hard at times, but the only way to become a traveler and see the world is to actually get out there and travel.
If you’ve dreamed of seeing the world and traveling for an extended period of time, then do it! This is your chance! This was a concern of ours before our RTW trip. We had only been to Mexico (to resorts) and on a short Western Europe trip, so places like Bolivia, Vietnam, and India seemed very intimidating to us. While there were certainly challenges along the way, the high points far outweighed the low ones, and forcing ourselves outside of our comfort zone provided us with lasting memories. Not having traveled much before is simply an excuse, and there’s only one way to change that.
5. You can be free from all your crap.
While I’m very far from being a minimalist, there was just something freeing about living out of a backpack for a year. Having all my possessions on my back just made life easier. There was no pondering for an hour about which outfit to wear or what shoes to put on (when you only have 3 outfits and 2 pairs of shoes, it’s much simpler). A lot of the time, more stuff means more headaches, and now that we’ve been home for a year and a half, I can’t count how many times we said to each other, “It was just so much easier on the road, not having a car or a house or all this stuff that can break or get damaged or costs money.”
Don’t misunderstand me here. I like stuff. I grew up and live in America, a culture built upon collecting as much stuff as you can. And while I do still enjoy having nice stuff, after having lived both ways, I can firmly say that happiness does not only come from how many possessions one has. Happiness, at least for me, comes more from experiences, from living life, from seeing amazing sites and meeting new and interesting people. You can have your 5 pairs of $100 jeans. I’ll take my dirty backpack, ridiculous-looking zip-off pants, and Chang Beer tank top (which could be reason #12 why RTW travel is awesome-men get to wear sleeveless shirts).
>> Read 6 Reasons why Living on the Road is a Good Option in a Down Economy
6. You can be free to finally pursue what it is you truly love.
When you’re working 50-60 hours a week and have family, friends, and obligations, it’s difficult to pursue what it is that truly makes you happy. Sure, there are some who are lucky enough to love their job and have that as their passion. But the majority of us don’t do what we really want to do for our careers. We do what it is we have to do to get by. This is your chance to do something different.
Have you always dreamt about getting certified to teach yoga? Have you always wanted to learn how to scuba dive? Do you love photography but never had the time to really work on it? Have you thought about volunteering with young children in need? Do you want to learn how to cook a new cuisine? Or maybe, like me, you’ve thought about what it would be like to pursue that one dream you had growing up – to be a writer? Whatever your dream or passion is, a RTW trip will allow you the time and freedom to finally pursue those dreams. The excuses for not following what it is you truly love are now gone, replaced by all the time and freedom in the world. If I was ranking these reasons, this would probably be #1. There is no price tag for getting a second chance to do what it is you love. And extended travel releases you from your obligations and gives you that chance.
7. You get to do what you want, when you want, every single day.
Perhaps the coolest thing about RTW travel is this. Waking up every day and saying, without anything else holding you back, “What should I/we do today?” When’s the last time you’ve been able to do that? Can you even remember? There are so many obligations at home that tie us down, and having the freedom, as an adult, to do exactly what you want when you want every single day is one of the best feelings in the world.
Want to go sit and lounge on the beach all day for a week with your favorite pile of books? Do it! Want to go hike to the top of a mountain or volcano? Go for it! Want to eat yourself into a coma? Nothing wrong with that! Want to sleep all day and sit in the common area of your hostel watching movies? Who’s going to tell you not to? Want to go to the pub and drink yourself silly? Hey, you don’t have to work tomorrow!
One of our favorite mantras of the trip was, “What, you gotta work tomorrow or something? Didn’t think so.” Whenever someone made an excuse for not wanting to do something, this was our response, both to each other and friends we met along the way. Once you get out of college and start working, there aren’t many times in life when you can say, for an extended period of time, “No, I don’t have to work tomorrow, or the next day, or the day after, or for several more months, so you’re right. I can do whatever the hell I want!”
>> Read Why It’s Not Crazy for Working Professionals to Quit Their Jobs and Travel the World
8. You can see iconic sites after iconic site after iconic site.
When this becomes your life, whether it’s for a few months or a couple years, it’s pretty amazing. Sailing up the Mekong River one day and then being at Angkor Wat two days later was just incredible. Hiking to different glaciers in Patagonia three days in a row was a powerful and awesome experience. Walking through the Sun Gate and seeing Machu Picchu for the very first time is a memory burned into my brain forever.
>> Read 10 Things You Should Know About Round the World Tickets
9. Putting your career/relationship/purchases on hold is just temporary.
These are perhaps the biggest excuses out there. “Quitting my job will be career suicide. I’m saving for a house and just can’t do it now. My boyfriend is most likely going to propose soon, so I can’t do something like this now.” I’m going to let you in a little secret. That job? It will still be there. A new house? They have many of those, too. A proposal? Well, maybe if it hasn’t happened, yet, there’s a reason for that. Or maybe you can get your significant other to share this amazing experience with you.
For those of us who grew up in cultures where you go to school, graduate, start a career, get married, buy a house, and have kids, straying from that path can be daunting. Believe me, I know. We were on that exact path before deciding to go on our RTW. But what if you don’t really want that path? What if you constantly think of doing something different? What if you just want to quit it all and go explore for a while?
You can do that. I assure you. While you may be met with negative words from some people, most of the time it’s because they wish they had the guts to do the same. All that stuff you’d be leaving behind? It will still be there when you return. You may not be able to get the same job, be on the same career path, have the same boyfriend or girlfriend, or buy that same house. But after a trip like this, chances are you won’t want all those same things.
>> Read 5 Reasons to Take a Career Break
10. It WILL change your view on life.
One of the things I didn’t expect from our trip was how much it changed me. I knew I would probably look at certain things differently when we returned. But our experiences completely changed how I viewed the world, my life, and what I wanted out of it. Maybe it was the horrific poverty we experienced in some places. Maybe it was the freedom of being on the road and doing whatever we wanted for an entire year. Maybe it was seeing and reading about other travelers pursuing their dreams.
It was probably a combination of everything, but suddenly, I wanted more out of life. Whatever I was going to do when we returned, I wanted to love it. I was no longer satisfied with a job that I enjoyed, a life I really liked. I wasn’t unhappy before we left. Quite the contrary, I was very happy with my life. But after the trip, I wanted more. Call me greedy, but I wanted to not only enjoy my job, but feel passionate about it. I wanted to not only be happy with my daily life, but love where I lived and what I did. The trip really hit home for me and made me re-evaluate what I wanted out of life. As corny as it sounds, our RTW trip made me realize just how short this life is, and it gave me the confidence and motivation to seek out the life I truly want.
>> Read 8 Lessons to Learn from My Round the World Trip
Once we broke it down like that, the answer was easy. By not going, we were setting ourselves up for a lifetime of “What if’s…” By going, would we really ever regret doing and seeing the things we were going to experience? How would it be possible to regret volunteering at an orphanage in Cambodia? Or spending New Year’s Eve with a local Argentine family in Buenos Aires? Or being invited to a home-made lunch at a painter’s studio in India? Or teaching English to college kids in Laos and learning about their lives? Or waking up to the view of 23,000 foot (7000 m) Himalayan peaks? The answers? We wouldn’t, and we haven’t.
It’s never easy to do something that isn’t deemed normal or popular by the culture you live in. Some will denigrate you, some will put you down, some will dismiss your plan as stupid. What’s important when making a decision of this magnitude is how you feel about it. Disregard what others think. Do what’s best for you as a person; what’s best for your life. RTW, long-term travel certainly isn’t for everyone, but there are tons of people who would benefit from a trip like this. Are you one of them?
Meet, Plan, Go!If you’re still on the fence about whether or not a travel career is for you, and if you are anywhere close to one of the following 17 cities, then you have no excuse at all not to get to one of the Meet, Plan, Go! events on October 18. Meet, Plan, Go! will be filled with panelists who have taken or are planning their own RTW trips and can offer tips and advice for how you can make your travel dreams come true.
Be sure to check out the event in one of the following cities:
- Austin, Texas
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Chicago, Illinois
- Denver, Colorado
- Honolulu, Hawaii
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Los Angeles, California
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- New York, New York
- Orlando, Florida
- Portland, Oregon
- San Francisco, California
- Seattle, Washington
- St. Louis, Missouri
- Toronto, Ontario
- Washington D.C.
Adam Seper and his wife, Megan, decided that 50+ hour workweeks with 2 weeks of vacation a year simply wasn’t going to cut it. So they decided to take a leap of faith and put The American Dream on hold. In October 2008, they took off on an epic, year-long adventure, traversing the globe and traveling to 89 cities and 11 countries across 4 continents, never to be the same again.
Now Adam is going to tell you how you can plan your own epic adventure. Every week, on “Round the World Wednesday” he’ll share tips for planning, budgeting and selecting a route, plus advice on where to go and what to see and do all around the world.
Photos by: The Other Dan, xurde, Eric & Cynthia, hjl, mars-hill, travelingtamas, scorbette37, Yo Spiff, Globetoppers
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For 16 days straight, from dawn to dusk, five highly determined Montreal-based artists (who make up the artist run collective A'shop) worked on a graffiti mural of a Mother Nature-esque Madonna or a modern-day version of "Our Lady of Grace." Inspired by Czech Art Nouveau painter Alphonse Mucha, the crew created this breathtakingly beautiful five story mural using 500 cans of spray paint in over 50 different colors.
“We been doing graffiti for a long time but this is our first large project involving the whole team,” Fluke of A'shop told The Montreal Gazette. “We’re always busy with other projects so we’ve never really had time to let [the reactions to] them sink in. But this mural was just so big and also our last of the season. It was challenge, took us out of our comfort zone. We wanted to try something more classic.”
The city gave the group complete control of the project and, luckily, the public ended up loving it. “The main thing that struck us was the public’s reaction while we were painting the mural. Some people gave us the cold shoulder at first, thinking we were painting an ad. Then when they realized we were reviving an old wall with a mural, they were came back to see us everyday. That really fueled us. Within days we had the whole community involved. People invited us for lunch and the Jamaicans at the local barber shop were giving us high-fives!”
Fluke said that he hopes this project will encourage other city boroughs to consider murals of their own. “Our city has way too much gray. So I hope this [mural] kickstarts a mural campaign."
To really appreciate the time and effort that went into this massive mural, here are some progress shots that were taken over the 16 day period.
Update: We got in touch with Kris Wilk at A'shop to ask him some more questions. Read that Q&A, below.
What is the idea behind this piece? What does it represent?
The idea was to step out of our comfort zone and show the public what graffiti artists can be capable of. There is an amazing amount of quality work being produced within Montreal’s graffiti scene. Unfortunately, bad press and political strategies often only show the “negative” side of it, creating unneeded friction between citizens and our culture. Graffiti as a form of visual language can be hard to comprehend for most. We thought it would be interesting to paint this mural in a more common language, using imagery that anyone can understand, initiating dialogue and building bridges. For this, we chose to inspire ourselves from Alphonse Mucha, father of Art Nouveau (1860-1939), a style of art that most people know or have seen before. Of course, we gave it our own flavor and used N.D.G as the main theme. The end product being our take on “La Notre-Dame-de-Grâce” or "Our Lady of Grace.”
How did you decide on the "Lady of Grace" subject?
“Our Lady of Grace” English for “Notre-Dame-de-Grâce” (N.D.G) is the name of a residential neighborhood of Montreal located in the city's west-end, where the mural was painted. We decided to bring this fictional character to life so that this borough could have an iconic symbol of its own.
How much work went into prepping for this mural?
We spent a few weeks figuring out the concept, planning the layout , collecting sponsors and gathering references that represent the neighborhood.
How did you get permission from the city to do this?
Through Help from the City of Montreal and the borough, Prevention N.D.G. - a local not-for-profit that works with the community - the city came up with a budget that was meant to be used in the context of beautifying an area and, though that can be done in many ways, we decided to propose this mural as a means to bringing some color to a gray part of town. After many months of negotiation and preparation, we finally got the ok on our project and got to work.
How do you think the mural turned out? Were you all happy with it?
We’re all very happy with the end result. The crazy part is that we’re more motivated now than ever and realize that this is only the tip of the iceberg for what we have planned for future projects.
Have you participated in any similar projects in Montreal or elsewhere?
We have been painting murals for a long time and most of them for free. Nowadays, we generally get commissioned by the commercial and private sectors. We’ve done similar projects in Europe and in different parts of Canada but this is the first time that we’ve had the opportunity to work on a community project in our own city that allowed us full control over our creation.
Do you think the city should finance more projects like the one in N.D.G? Why?
Absolutely, because it’s a gain for everyone. What better way to regain dead space.
Although graffiti communities are close knit and we often share similar values, the reasons why we do graffiti in the first place are not always the same. Some want their name out there and have little need for the artistic side of it. For others, there is a creative process. If we don’t acknowledge it and support it, we are preventing these people form potentially doing great things as artists.
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Paul Cadden is a Scottish-born hyperrealist artist who creates painfully realistic artworks using only graphite and chalk.
I’ve posted some pretty realistic drawings in the past, like Rajacenna’s detailed celebrity portraits, Juan Francisco Casas’ photo-like ballpoint pen drawings, or Paul Lung’s pencil artworks, but the pieces you’re about to see are on a whole other level. Using simple materials like graphite and white chalk, Pauld Cadden is able to replicate complex photos down to the tiniest details. Whether it’s the countless wrinkles on an old man’s face, the smoke from a lit cigarette or the water dripping from someone’s face, he makes it look unbelievably realistic.
“Although the drawings and paintings I make are based upon a series of photographs, video stills etc, the art created from the photo is used to create a softer and much more complex focus on the subject depicted, presenting it as a living tangible object. These objects and scenes in my drawings create the illusion of a new reality not seen in the original photo,” Cadden says about his incredible art.