Videos: Around the World in 80 Years

Hey guys! One of the requests I’ve been getting from some of you was for more pictures of my travels – and today, I’ll do you one better than that and show you some videos of different places I’ve been to in the last couple of months. In fact, I shot a little video in Hong Kong last week before coming back to Manila… and the feeling of freedom, of just hopping from one country to another, is simply indescribable.

When I was still a teenager and always stayed in the same place, I already anticipated that feeling of freedom… and there were a couple of movies that gave me inspiration in the early days. Movies such as “Chocolat”, in which Vianne roams from country to country, setting up her chocolaterie in each place for a couple of months before moving on… and in which the gypsy Roux moves from town to town on his own river boat.

Another more recent movie that really captures that feeling of freedom is “Up In The Air” with George Clooney… you see, for some reason I have always loved airports. Being in a place and knowing that I could just go up to any counter and choose any destination and then wake up in any city of my choice the very next morning is simply amazing. Or to quote the protagonist from the movie: “All the things you probably hate about travelling – the recycled air, the artificial lighting, the digital juice dispensers, the cheap sushi – are warm reminders that I’m home.”

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And then there is the movie Titanic… in which Jack travels across an Ocean among the riches people in the world, even though he doesn’t have a lot of money himself… my favorite quote from that one is probably: “I got everything I need right here with me. I got air in my lungs, a few blank sheets of paper. I mean, I love waking up in the morning not knowing what’s gonna happen or, who I’m gonna meet, where I’m gonna wind up. Just the other night I was sleeping under a bridge and now here I am on the grandest ship in the world having champagne with you fine people. I figure life’s a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it. You don’t know what hand you’re gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you… to make each day count.”

I have made the same experience as Jack many times… As I mentioned before, I don’t come from a wealthy family and I have to find ways to work my way around the world and look out for myself… but from time to time, you get into these kinds of situations when you meet new people every day… and I have had dinner with the Sheiks of Arabia, with billionaires and even with Royalty… Maybe I’ll tell you a bit more about that in my next article, and about some of the lessons I’ve learned from that.

But first, I’d like to give you a peak into this life, and what it’s REALLY like… I mean, Hollywood movies are nice, but they’re still fiction – what’s it really like to be on the road?

You see, since I started contributing to the blog and the forum a couple of months ago, I have been to seven different countries (to be precise, I’ve visited the cities of Manila, Saigon, MuiNe, Phan Thiet, Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Jomtien, Chiang Mai, Udon Thani, Vientiane, Kuala Lumpur, Cainta, Clark, Mandaluyong, Makati and Hong Kong)… however, I travel without a photo camera!

I know that sounds crazy… but the darn thing got stolen in Sumatra a couple of years ago, and just like I discussed in the article about minimalist living, I realized that I didn’t really miss it. What’s more, I also noticed that I rarely look at pictures of past travels… mostly because I’m always traveling RIGHT NOW.

What I do have, however, is a little VIDEO camera… and so I started shooting some videos for you guys and posting them on my “Diário de Bordo” on the Forum… if you’d like to follow my travels a bit or just have a conversation about roaming the planet, that’s the best place to get in touch.

The first video I shot on a beach in Vietnam… and it was originally meant for some of my close friends only. I never had any intention of publishing it, so this is the first take and completely uncut… but my friend Pete told me that I should publish it. He said if people can see the kind of life-style you can have if you speak languages, it might really motivate them and help them to study more… and so I decided to go ahead and let you in on my life a little bit.

Vietnam is a true paradise and very, very cheap – you just can’t beat 10$ a night for a room in a resort, with air con, very fast wireless internet, flat screen TV, queen size bed and a private bathroom… RIGHT at the beach. South East Asia is really an amazing place… And then the second video I’d like to show you today is one that I shot only last week, check it out:

I’m totally in love with Hong Kong, so if you’re there in 2013, drop me a line… I’m sure you’ll find me there at some point. What a vibrant city… the energy of the place is simply amazing, and I’ve found people to be incredibly friendly there.

I’m running out of space here again, but there is lots more to come… in two weeks, I will fly to the United States and spend some time in Phoenix, Scottsdale, San Francisco, Oakland, Orange County, Oceanside and Los Angeles, before heading back to Asia in early December… so I’ll be posting about those trips on the forum, and I’ll be uploading further videos as well.

I’ll also be meeting Adir over there, so maybe the two of us can make a video together at the Golden Gate Bridge or something.

Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think… I’m always happy to year from ya, and of course, join the conversation on the forum as well… and in the next post, I’ll tell you about some of the most interesting people I’ve met on the road… so stay tuned for that!

Until then, my best to you all…

~ Frank Florida ~

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Frank Florida

Frank Florida é professor de idiomas desde 1994 e fala oito línguas. Viajando o mundo por 11 anos, ele visitou umas 300 cidades em mais de 50 países. Ele se graduou da High School nos EUA, se formou em didática na Austrália e é criador do site Fórmula Fluente.

27 comentários

  • 24/10/12  
    Aderlei Filho diz: 1

    Hi Frank, how are you? Your journey is simply amazing. What an amazing life you have. I’d like to make a trip around the world, but as you said, I think is usual, we complain about money and how would us live abroad. I need to improve my english before I travel. But I’d like to greet you for your experience. I’m already your fan.

    See you
    Best regards
    Aderlei Filho

    • 25/10/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Hey Aderlei thanks man!! I’m writing this reply to your comment from the airport in Tokyo, which is kind of cool… I haven’t been to Tokyo in 4 years, I’ll have to seriously come back here for a couple of months at some point. :) I think your English is good enough to travel man, it doesn’t need to be perfect… just go for it! And let me know if you do hit the road…

      Much success!
      ~ Frank Florida ~

  • 24/10/12  
    Cllaro diz: 2

    Motivador as ever. Very cool!

    • 25/10/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Thanks! :)

  • 24/10/12  
    Adir Ferreira diz: 3

    Frank and I will be meeting up on November 1st, in San Francisco. We’re going to make some cool videos for you guys!

    • 24/10/12  
      Alessandro diz:

      Hi Adir,

      I’m looking forward to watching these videos!


    • 25/10/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Yeah man, let’s rock the house Adir!! B-)

  • 24/10/12  
    Fernanda diz: 4

    Oi Frank tudo bem?. Que ótima ideia colocar um vídeo junto ao artigo. Essa noite depois que os filhotes forem dormir este texto não me escapa!
    Abraços e tudo de bom!

    • 24/10/12  
      Alessandro diz:

      Oi Fernanda,

      Você também espera os filhotes dormirem pra ler com calma? hehe Acontece comigo também. ;-)

      Boa leitura!

    • 25/10/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Oi Fernanda, obrigado! Depois me diz o que vc achou rs… Abraços e até mais!

      ~ Frank Florida ~

  • 24/10/12  
    augusto monteiro diz: 5

    i think i’m one of those that you mentioned who asked you to post more videos
    i fell so pround to be part of this.
    i’ve watched those videos many times, because you’ve posted thoses many times too! rsrsrsrsrs

    i wanna make some sugestion: what if you make a summary of you current or last places you are in? you dont need to be so especific, but at least show us your place, some pics (i know you lost your cam), and people!!

    who are those people that you always say made friend of yours? see some of them is gonna make more personalty your posts.

    thank you for shering your experiences!!!

    • 25/10/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Hey Augusto, yeah that may have been you! ;) Yup, next two articles will be about some people I’ve met on the road… they’re already written, should go live in the next couple of weeks.

      ~ Frank Florida ~

  • 24/10/12  
    augusto monteiro diz: 6

    Frank, if you wanna know wha i am…

    this is my FB, i would be happy to be in touch with you

    • 25/10/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Thanks Augusto – I haven’t been on facebook in a while, the best place to stay in touch is the forum right now, and my thread in the “Diário de Bordo” section… but I need to set up a Facebook page for my project at some point!

  • 24/10/12  
    Fernanda diz: 7

    Oi Alessandro! Sim, :) eu preciso colocar eles para dormir, senão não consigo tentar traduzir, ler. Estou aprendendo, então preciso de bastante concentração!
    Ainda bem que temos as madrugadas!

  • 25/10/12  
    sandrom diz: 8

    Hi Frank,

    How nice and how cheap is this hotel. Precious tips for travelers.

    When you mentioned the minimalist way of life what came to my mind was a very crazy situation. A couple of years ago there was a fire in an apartment just under mine apartment and I had to leave home immediately. So I just grabbed my wallet, a coat (because it was night and cold) and my flash drive… and thought: “That´s enough”!!!

    Fortunatelly, nothing serious happened.

    And congratulations for adding videos on the posts.



    • 25/10/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Hey Sandro, interesting story! Yeah that’s true… I guess there are a couple of things that I wouldn’t want to live without, but most of them are intangible and would fit on a flash drive! Things like phone numbers of my friends in different countries, or books I bought (in digital format of course)!

      I just met a guy in the mall in Arizona who’s 19 years old and who wants to start traveling the world too… I’m really a bad influence on people haha. ;)

      ~ Frank Florida ~

  • 25/10/12  
    Dani diz: 9

    Now I need to see the videos!!!! Here in my office everything is blocked!! =(
    I always read your articles…
    I’m not the kind of person who would enjoy living like you…
    But after reading I take myself thinking: Damn this office!!! rs

    • 25/10/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Haha… yeah, everything in life is a trade-off I guess. :) Of course I have to work too, even thought I’m traveling… but I’m glad that I can do my work at the beach if I want. :) Okay I really need to stop being a bad influence now rs… stay in touch Dani, thanks for the comment!

      ~ Frank Florida ~

  • 25/10/12  
    Jefersonsmart diz: 10

    Man! I loved this blog! I want to travel around the world like Frank does! Cheers!

    • 25/10/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Thanks Jeferson! :) Abraços!

  • 28/10/12  
    Janaina diz: 11

    Hi Frank.

    I lived in HKG for 3 yrs, it’s a incredible city. So vibrant.

    • 29/10/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Hey Janaina, that’s EXACTLY the way I felt there… I can’t wait to go back there… absolutely amazing! Greetings from Arizona!

  • 01/11/12  
    Lu Pei diz: 12

    hey Frank,

    i love all your post… write more. take care and good travel for you! i hope one day i can do what you do!!

  • 02/11/12  
    Eduardo diz: 13

    Hi Frank, i’m from Brazil and i do love all your post… i’m learning English and i wait every week for a new post… i think you should write a book about your travels…

    I hope you’re fine..

  • 06/11/12  
    Adir e Frank em San Francisco | Dicas de Inglês diz: 14

    […] Uma comunidade forte tem o poder de unir pessoas competentes, engajadas e interessadas em aprender e compartilhar conhecimento. Na última semana aconteceu um fato digno de destaque. Quem acompanha o blog vai reconhecer estes nomes: Adir Ferreira e Frank Florida. Ambos são colaboradores do EE e se conheceram no fórum. Na ocasião, Adir estava em Bebedouro/SP e o Frank em algum lugar da Ásia. […]

  • 12/11/12  
    Nancy diz: 15

    Hello, Frank,
    Thank so much for your excellent post and videos. I would like to be in these beautiful and amazing countries.Who knows someday!
    Have nice trips!!