Hello, my name’s Daniel, and I’m the author and editor of this site. You can find out more about my personal journey here.
Please read on to discover more about my journey, purpose and vision.
If you have any questions or queries, feel free to get in touch with me here.
All the best and keep journeying on!
I believe that social entrepreneurship, travel and personal development are key to creating a better world for all of humanity. In 2012, I embarked on my own journey around the world and through my own adventures, I discovered that travel is a powerful form of personal development and can be used as a catalyst to change the world for the better.
My vision of ‘growth through travel’ is underpinned by the following beliefs:
•Travel combined with experiential learning is a great way to explore yourself, learn about the world around you and build your own perspective.
•Experiences change the brain.
•You can learn something new from every single person you meet.
•Small steps mixed with a desire for continuous improvement lead to meaningful change.
I’ve used travel to change my own life, and now, my mission is to share my learnings and document my journey in hope that you will set out on your own self-exploration journey and use travel as a catalyst to discover who you are and what brings you joy, so that you can use your gifts to make the world a better place.
If you resonate with these words please read on to find out how my journey began.
To start this story, let’s go back to July 2012. My life was a lot different back then:
•Purpose – Straight out of university, I was confused and didn’t know what I wanted to do in life. All the way through University, I’d told myself, my friends and family, that I wanted to become an investment banker. That was my idea of success, even though deep down I wasn’t passionate about banking at all.
•Goals – I had loads of ideas to start my own business but I was scared to take action on any of them.
•Values – I was driven and hard-working, but I was motivated by things beyond myself like money, success and the accumulation of material objects.
•Alcohol – I thought I needed to drink alcohol to enjoy myself, be social and have a good time. Most weekends I went out and drunk beyond my limits, which led to anxiety, fighting and problems in other areas of my life.
•Diet – Although I’ve always been a keen runner, exercised regularly, and played a lot of football, I ate a lot of fast food and unhealthy foods and didn’t look after my body properly.
•Lifestyle – I lived my life based on other people’s expectations and what they thought about me, spending most my time doing things I believed would impress other people at the expense of myself and whether it actually made me happy.
•Struggles – Money. I had 3 jobs at university to pay my tuition fees and when I finished university I was £5,000 overdrawn and didn’t have any savings to fall back on.
Upon graduating from University, and not knowing what to do do with my life, my best friend Joe persuaded me to join him on an adventure to Australia to work, save some money, then travel the world for a year. Based on the prospect that we had a job lined up in a grain factory somewhere in the outback, I borrowed money off Joe’s dad and we booked a one-way flight to Australia.
Like most things in life, my plan to travel for a year didn’t turn out that way. Through a series of serendipitous experiences and people who I met in the early days of my journey, I quickly discovered the power of going on a journey as a great catalyst for one’s personal development. Little did I know that it would be this belief that would end up fuelling a 4-year journey of self-exploration, encouraging me to make some big changes to my life.
I kept a journal since the very beginning of my journey as I hitchhiked and CouchSurfed from place to place. Instead of writing a repetitive account of the day’s events, I wrote about the people I met – their story, life, beliefs, dreams, fears & philosophy – followed by a personal account of what I thought I could learn from them.
I didn’t discriminate or choose the people I met and wrote about along the way. Instead, I allowed the journey to take its natural course, knowing fine well that everyone I met had their own story to share. I didn’t judge or make assumptions, but instead simply listened with the empowering belief that I could learn something from every person I met.
7 years and 22 journals later, this belief coupled with deep introspection led me to some small yet meaningful changes to my own life. Here’s what my life looks like now in comparison to 7 years ago:
•Purpose – I discovered a love for social entrepreneurship, travel and self-development. I feel like I’ve found my place in the world and I’m proactively building a life around the things I enjoy doing and want to use these gifts to make a meaningful impact on humanity and the world.
•Goals – I’m still not brilliant, but these days I’m better at taking action in the face of fear. I’ve worked hard to build a hospitality business I love which also gives me the time and space to travel, learn and write. All this is aligned towards my dream to build a school that offers an alternative experiential focused education, giving young underprivileged children the opportunity to shine.
•Values – I am just as driven and hard-working as I was at University, but now I’m motivated by softer qualities such as meaning, vision and gratitude.
•Alcohol – I quit drinking alcohol in April 2013 and haven’t looked back since. As a result, my health and mindset have improved dramatically. If you’re interested in reading, I wrote about my story quitting alcohol here.
•Diet – I no longer eat fast food or processed sugars, and eat predominantly plant-based. I cook and eat more consciously, exercise regularly, and proactively look after my body.
•Lifestyle – Beyond eating wholesome food, good sleep, exercising, nurturing good relationships and working on something I consider meaningful, I realised I don’t need much more in life, and enjoy living a simple life.
•Struggles – My life is certainly better than it was back in 2012, but I also still have a lot to work on too. I am an overly anxious person and have been for most of my life, especially concerning the uncertainty of the future. I can be very tough on myself, often setting overly ambitious goals and working long hours. I often feel guilty when I’m not working and find it difficult to switch off and relax. I know there’s a lot of room for improvement here, and I’m excited to work towards finding the right balance in the coming years.
I’m optimistic about the future of humanity, so going forward I want to combine social entrepreneurship, travel and personal development to make the world a better place.
Asides from continuing to write and sharing my philosophies and beliefs here through periodic articles, there’s two major projects that I’m currently working on:
Book: Wisdom of Humanity
I’m currently writing my first book, Wisdom of Humanity, which traces the journey of my world travel trip and the lessons learned from people I met along the way. The book is set to be released by September 2019, and you can read more about it here.
Ever since a kid, I dreamed about going on a “life journey” to learn about the world around me, its people and to build my own perspective. With that dream in mind, I’ve begun planning and putting the logistics in place for this journey to happen. From October 2021, I will set out on a 5-year World Pilgrimage crossing all 7 continents, in an attempt to document the stories, philosophies and life lessons of everyday people I meet on my journey. If you’re interested, you can read more about the project here.
Travel and through embarking on my own journey helped me discover what I want to do in life. I believe that much of the changes I made in my own life were due to the people I was fortunate enough to encounter so now I want to encourage people to go on their own journey to discover what their destiny is too.
I am forever grateful for what all the people I met taught me about life, and helping me discover my own passion in life of social entrepreneurship, travel and personal development, and my mission now is to use those gifts to make the world a better place for humanity.
That’s my story so far, and I hope our journeys cross path in the future.