Hey Rafaella, thanks for stopping by and thanks for the compliment!
Alright... so apparently, there are a few people who are a bit skeptical about this whole "Around the World" thing. Maybe I'm making it all up? It would be easy enough to read some information about a country on Wikipedia, let your imagination run wild and write an article about it as if you had actually been there... then find some pictures on Google images and copy/paste, voilà, you are now a world traveler on the internet, all from the comfort of your mum's living room.
Sooo... some people have requested more pictures and videos, because seeing is believing. I guess that's fair... I think a healthy dose of skepticism has never hurt anyone, and before I started traveling I could hardly believe that this life style is even possible myself. I remember the first time I met someone who had been on the road for five years. Wow... it seemed so amazing. At the time, I still thought that I was going to travel for only one year and then go back home... but he was one of the first people who opened my eyes to the possibilities.
I actually met this guy in your home country Brazil - and I met him in Rio, in a hostel whose owner is now a good friend of mine. we were sharing the same dorm room and he told me his story. He was from Norway, and he had gotten himself a great education (there's the magic E-word again guys!). He had worked as a lawyer long enough to buy himself a small apartment and a cheap sail boat... these things are really not as expensive as you'd think, they can be cheaper than a car. He rented the apartment out and lived on his boat. So now he didn't have to pay rent anymore... and the money he got from his tenant was enough to pay for food and the basic cost of maintaining the boat. And so he retired at the age of 28 and started traveling the world. As far as I know, he's still traveling... He must have been out there for about 16 or 17 years now.
And that's the whole thing... as Henry Ford once said - whether you believe that you can't or that you can, either way, you're right. If you believe that learning English is going to take five years, it probably will. If you believe you can do it in a few months, you can. If you believe you have to stay at home all your life and work hard just to pay the bills, that is going to be your reality. And if you believe that you can travel the world even though you don't have the money yet, you can do that too. "What the human mind can CONCEIVE and BELIEVE, it can ACHIEVE" - one of my favorite quotes by Napoleon Hill.
Napoleon Hill once asked the audience at a speech he was giving: "How many times do you think the average person tries and fails before they give up forever?" Someone in the audience yelled back at him: Once? And laughter erupted. But Napoleon Hill yelled back at his listeners: "Once? Don't you think you're GENEROUS? How many people give up before they try even once... because they already know it's impossible." And one of the stories he tells during his speech is about the time the Wright Brothers made their first flight... and not a single journalist came to observe one of the greatest feats of the century, because they all KNEW it was impossible to fly! (Yeah I know that Brazil has a claim to the first flight in history too. )
In any case... guys - please be skeptical, that's fair. But believe me... this is not impossible. You can have anything you want in life, if you are willing to figure out how to get it, work hard and pay the price. Anyhow, I just shot another video, in a different part of Manila - hope you like it. I shot it up in my condo, and it's a bit dark at the end - I'm still figuring out this whole video thing. But I'm going to shoot one on the ground soon too... maybe I'll show you the famous Filipino Jeepneys. In fact, I think it would be pretty cool to shoot videos more often from now on... why not? They're kinda fun to make.
Anyhow - as always, feel free to ask any question you might have. I'm here to help if you want to start traveling as well - and if you're going somewhere I've been before, I'll have practical advice as well. So don't be shy, hit reply and stay in touch!
Cheers guys, my best to you all...
~ Frank Florida ~