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27 Things I’ve Learned While Traveling

by Derek Johanson

in Travel

  1. There are good and bad people everywhere, in every race, in every culture, and in every city.
  2. The United States isn’t a bad place.
  3. You’re never going to date a supermodel (or even a beautiful woman) if you never talk to one in the first place.
  4. You’re never to go to live your dream unless you start living it. And you’ll never start your own business unless you start your own business.
  5. Doing is more important than thinking about doing.
  6. You don’t need more than 10 items in your wardrobe to get women.
  7. You don’t need more than 1 bag full of possessions to live a great life.
  8. Us USAsians can eat a lot of food.
  9. Middle and upper class white girls drink a lot more alcohol than their South American equivalents.
  10. Self-Improvement is just another term for learning from life experiences.
  11. Music makes me happier than almost anything.
  12. Real men can dance.
  13. There is no wrong or right course in life. It’s all about you. Don’t let anyone tell you the path you’ve taken or are taking is wrong if you’re happy.
  14. We are living in utopia right now.
  15. You don’t need a cell phone, but it’s easier to get laid if you do.
  16. Self discipline makes me happy.
  17. Beer tastes ten times better after you’ve jumped off a cliff.
  18. We are all living in cages that our fear has created. If you want to get out you have to face those fears. The outside world is incredible.
  19. To make friends you must do most of the talking in the beginning and then later, do a lot of listening.
  20. Confidence is more attractive than beauty.
  21. My life has been comparatively easy but…
  22. There are always battles in life no matter what your position. It’s all about your outlook.
  23. Money is NOT the root of all evil. The desire of money for nothing is the root of evil.
  24. ‘Real’, unprocessed, organic food like oranges in Panama, and beef in Argentina are on average 10x more delicious than their counterparts.
  25. You can do or achieve anything you want in life. It’s just going to take some work.
  26. We are all experiencing the same thing but interpreting it differently. Those who can interpret and explain their experience in the simplest language possible will gather a crowd.
  27. Your life is your work of art. How will your story read?

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Clay March 30, 2009 at 8:01 am

28. Life isn’t so hard without a car, or really any expensive possessions.

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Mike April 10, 2009 at 9:06 am

Fantastic post, Derek. I just stumbled across your blog and have been living the “uncomfortable” life philosophy since last year. It’s the only way to roll!

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Carla April 10, 2009 at 9:47 am

I love all of these! I think especially #19 is very true.

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Dora May 12, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Great post.

#19 is really relevant to my situation right now. Very shy and friendless in a new city on the opposite side of the world, I will definitely keep this in mind!

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Sticky June 5, 2009 at 7:24 am

#15 jokes!

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Spencer March 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Dude, this is a good list. I’ve got a version of this going in my head. Keep up the good living. I’m an American living in China right now, almost two years in. I think we’ve had a lot of similar experiences and revelations. I’m 20 days into a no alcohol, caffiene, sugar, masturbation, etc. deal (17 to go) and I’m am 24 year old business owner. Life is the best adventure I can imagine. I disagree on one point: your masterpiece is a masterpiece during every moment of your life, those moments are just like different angles from which to view it.

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Tanya July 17, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Couldn’t agree more with no. 7!
After experiencing the art of a backpacking, you realize that you don’t need much to be happy! It’s the beauty of it all!

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dandy April 4, 2011 at 11:23 am

With this list you made my day and put a smile upon my face. Thank you. I will try to follow your advice.

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Gillian July 21, 2011 at 12:10 pm

I really enjoyed reading these points and seeing things from your perspective. Refreshing. Yes, confidence is most definitely more attractive than beauty. Good Humour is just about the most attractive thing to me.

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