Like millions of other people around the world I first came upon Mark Boyle through a viral Facebook post. The story was headlined by an iconic photo of him sitting bare chested outside next to his homemade rocket stove and his clothes hanging out to dry.
So many of us are just stuck. Stuck in our way of life, just barely making it month to month on the bills and debt. But most of us have a dream. And that dream is attainable for all of us. This is my advice on how to get out of your routine and follow your dream.
There are a lot of people today that are waking up and realizing the negative impact that their lives have on the earth, on the other creatures we share the earth with, as well as on humans in far off lands. Just living out our daily lives causes destruction; from the car we drive, to the food we eat, to the clothes that we wear. Most of our actions have been monetized and are in the hands of companies that put profit over people and the planet. Knowing all of this and actually acting on it are two very different things though. Often it is fear of the unknown and fear of what others will think that stops us from making the changes that we know will cure the pain in our gut. The pain I speak of is that of knowing our life is unfair to other people or animals whose land is being destroyed indirectly by our actions. It’s a pain of knowing that we should make a change but not doing it. I use to feel it a lot, but I decided that I wasn’t going to continue on causing destruction in all of my daily actions. I took a stance and changed my life for the benefit of the earth, other species, the human race, and myself. Today I’m sharing with you my advice on how to overcome the fear to live an earth-friendly lifestyle.
Over the last five years I’ve found that living more sustainably goes hand in hand with living a better life for myself. The more I focus on reducing my impact on the earth the happier and healthier that I find myself to be. It seems that being good to the earth is tied directly to being good to ourselves. What we do to our bodies, we do to the earth. Transitioning to a more earth-friendly lifestyle doesn’t have to be a chore or a bore, rather it can be very fun and exciting! Here’s 11 ways to live sustainably and feel great! Oh, and by the way this will save you a lot of money too.
People ask me about health insurance, old age, and death pretty frequently. I think these are extremely important things to talk about but I haven’t had too much to say in the past. It’s a tough thing to talk about, but it’s got to be talked about. So here’s my thoughts.
When traveling without money I hear a few basic questions every day and one of them is, “where do you sleep?” Traveling without money is certainly not for everyone but this blog is simply a guide on how you can travel your country or the world without spending a penny on lodging. Or if not to that extreme than at least drastically reducing the amount of money you spend on lodging. All of my suggestions in this blog come from a fair amount of experience. I’ve embarked on four long distance adventures without a penny and traveled on a shoestring budget over the last decade through six continents and 35 countries. Some of these suggestions may be for you, others may not, so my advice is to take what you’d like from this guide and turn it into action, whether it be in your own city or in a far off land.
I am entering an era of my life of nearly complete non-ownership. I do already live minimally and with few material possessions. The little I have is for the sake of function rather than of prestige or emotional attachment yet I yearn to develop further. I yearn to dedicate myself more to the betterment of humanity. I yearn to be there for the children who are not being cared for, for the elders who’ve been forgotten, for my fellow human who feels a lack of place or purpose, for the species that have been displaced by my races superiority complex and lack of care.
Fairly often people make comments about my adventures such as, “Women can’t do what you do” or “this lifestyle is very dangerous for a woman” or “you can only do this because you are a man.” There are undoubtedly some risks that women deal with much more frequently than men but I still believe that women can travel safely and can even travel solo. I’ve met 100s of women who are living proof of this all over the world and in my own country. I’ve met women solo cycling across the United States, women backpacking through Latin America, frolicking SE Asia, and volunteering in Africa. I’m certain that women can do what I do.
None of these things require you to have a penny in your pocket but can bring you a great wealth of happiness, health, and freedom! I highly encourage you to incorporate more of this into your life and less of the things that cost money!