Today, as I was listening to my favorite podcast, I learned about a remarkable man. Rob Greenfield is basically an activist adventurer determined to help people diminish their negative impact on our planet. I spent hours this morning reading all about his journeys across the US by bicycle with no money, raising awareness about food waste, and all of his other amazing projects. I have been inspired and now have a new plan for my life in the near future.
There is about 3 weeks of serious work coming up that I feel I should stick it out for. After that, I want to do a backpacking trip to Sykes Hot Springs with some new friends, then continue on foot to my hometown for Thanksgiving. After spending the long weekend with my family, I would like to travel up to Portland to visit another friend. I’d like to walk/hitchhike/carshare up there in about a week. Then spend some time there and return to my family for Christmas. And back to my home after the New Year.
I haven’t sorted out the details for this trip yet, but I’d like to do it spending the least amount of money possible. In further posts I’ll flesh it out. When I come back I’ll work on selling/donating the rest of my belongings. Some personal items I’ll pack up into my car and take to my mom when I go back after my lease ends in March.
The next step is to spend some time WWOOFing! I still want to travel and experience different cultures, but I now care much less about the needing to earn money while doing it part. There are some minor expenses I’ll have to cover while I’m gone, but I believe my savings should be enough. I’d like to use my miles to fly over to Europe and then use WWOOF and other resources to travel all over Europe, and maybe Asia and Africa as well. When I return, I’d like to see the rest of the Americas as well. Maybe I’ll do a bike tour from Alaska to Argentina like I’ve wanted to do for a long while.
After all my travelling (or in between, who knows!), I’d like to either work for a company or start a company that assists people with retrofitting their homes to be more sustainable. Maybe I’ll learn things throughout my travels that I’ll be able to apply to this. But I really want to help the world realise that they can be less wasteful, more sustainable, live simply, and still be extremely happy.
I’m really excited to be starting my journey so much sooner than expected! I will be fleshing out my plan and posting progress and other updates and learning experiences here as they come along 🙂