Why should you travel the world?

To experience different cultures? To see ancient wonders? To taste different flavors and foods than what you are familiar with? To understand the world and people better?

I can’t tell you why you should travel the world in a short post, because there are thousands of reasons to. But I will say, in short, that travel will surely change you. All I will do is show you why you should travel the world, with the incredible sights I’ve seen and the experiences I’ve had after 4 years — compiled into an epic adventure video that’ll hopefully inspire you.

I can’t believe it’s been 4 years already since I first left the United States.

As I was sorting through the entirety of my footage from traveling the world, I was also listening to a speech by Alan Watts called “Choice“. Alan Watts is a philosopher that on many occasions has been a big inspiration of mine.

This speech in particular goes into the nature of worrying so much about consequences that we forget to choose our own life, and it’s helped me maintain confidence in my journey so far. And still helps daily. I’ve struggled in the past with worrying about outcomes and effects of my actions. Fear is what makes us stagnant.

Will I run out of money?

Will I get injured?

Plenty of worries arise when setting out on a passionate or creative endeavor, and like all of them the stakes can seem so high compared to the normal routine that it scares many of us from taking a shot at it.

But whether you make a mistake or not, the Universe will help you through the trial and errors to show you that, on the path of your passions, they were just a part of the journey. The real mistake is never taking a chance, never pursuing life in its entirety for what makes your heart sing and your spirit soar.

So, as I go into my 4th year since I began traveling the world, I put this together to remind myself to be confident in my desires, to be confident in myself, and to be confident in what I want in life. Hopefully, if you need some inspiration, the words of Alan Watts and some travel footage can strike some chords to break past worries.

I’ll be writing an article talking more in-depth about what it’s been like trading the world the past 4 years, my best and worst experiences, life lessons, and more. Also, you can expect another video with me talking about these things and showing more footage.

For now, here is a montage of footage from 4 years of traveling as my anniversary for when I first left the United States.

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  1. Mike (NomadicTexan) October 23, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    What a wonderful video and post. Loved the commentary and had only one comment. Too many photos of Derek in the video! LOL!

    1. Ryan - Site Author October 24, 2015 at 9:57 am

      Ha, glad you like it Mike, really. It was such an unexpected video to make out of immediate inspiration and I’m stoked so many have enjoyed it!

  2. Sarah October 24, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Ryan, This is your best work yet. I cannot stop watching it. It’s beautiful, inspiring, and breath-taking. I’ve been able to connect with so many of your stories on so many different levels, and I admire your truth and honesty. I look forward to what another 4 years brings to you and for what you share with us. Thank you so much for you who are. You are amazing.

    1. Ryan - Site Author October 27, 2015 at 3:20 am

      Sarah, I really REALLY appreciate that compliment! I’m growing into travel videos more and more so I’m happy to see this one was a good one, given it was my first montage as well. And I’m very happy we could connect and that you will keep coming along the journey with me. Take care!

  3. Ysa October 25, 2015 at 4:03 am

    Nice video! It’s very inspiring. 🙂

    1. Ryan - Site Author October 27, 2015 at 3:21 am

      Glad you like it =)

  4. John November 11, 2015 at 10:45 am

    I love Alan Watts! And this video, of course 🙂


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