JLW 2.0 - "Dream Big and Grow"

Three years ago I decided to stop dreaming. No longer would I wish upon stars or pray that some miracle would occur that would change my life. I'd stop living my life in the fantasy worlds of novels, cinema and interactive games.

I decided to leave my job. They call it quitting - I don't. I moved on.

I sold my car. I sold, traded, or gave away my meager possessions (with the exception of a few passions). My GameBoy handhelds, games and accessories were traded to a friend for his 60L backpack.

I bought a one-way ticket to Bangkok, and started the most epic adventure of my life. I spent six months touring all around SE Asia, and when I ran out of money, I went to Australia in search of work. After 13 months of hard work in Australia, I took a week trip to SCUBA dive in the Great Barrier Reef and then drive a 380 mi (614 km) journey down the Great Ocean Road.

I returned to SE Asia after Australia, joined this time by two friends I had made in Melbourne. We spent a month in Cambodia together, then I spent an additional month in Phonm Penh followed by a month in Indonesia, where I became SCUBA certified.

Now I'm in Western Colorado, after working a seasonal job at a ski resort. I'll be focusing exclusively on developing the LIFEPACKR website and community in the coming months.

In late summer I plan to visit the Netherlands, and I hope to see much more of Europe on that trip. Eastern Europe is appealing to me as a new place to live cheaply and develop online projects.

  1. The LIFEPACKR Journey Begins...

    14 May 2011 - Los Angeles International Airport

    Aside from the fact that I was sitting at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), it seemed like any other day. The weather was unremarkable, with So Cal's "June Gloom" arriving early in May, as usual. There wasn't much about that day that would make it stand out to me, except for the fact that this day was the day I was to fly to Bangkok on a one-way ticket.

  2. "Learn to travel -- travel to learn": Robin Esrock

    Almost three years ago now, I decided to quit my job in Laguna Beach, California, and take a one-way trip to Bangkok, Thailand. I made a promise to myself that I would continue forward as long as possible without returning home. I spent nearly two years traveling, working, and playing in Southeast Asia and Australia.

    People like Robin Esrock inspired me.
    ... It was just enough for him pack up his things, quit his job, and set off on a one-year solo round-the-world backpacking