Along my travel in Startup Weekends, I always give a little presentation on Sunday – in the end – about my journey. In this speech, I talk about how Startup Weekends are valuable
for any entrepreneur, how medias build fears among people and how bad it is to listen to those fears and, finally, how I sustain a 10 month trip on a low budget of $17/day on average!
At the Startup Weekend Edu San Diego, I met Michael Frisella. He’s one of the organizer of Startup Weekend Yuma (AZ) and he is thinking about going on a similar journey one day too.. We kept in touch through e-mails and Michael was very curious about my story and asked me many questions about it. I thought it would be a great idea to share a piece of this conversation on an article, so here you go:
I just highlighted your questions. Read below my answers 😉
to plan my next big project (I like to have projects always in mind), I thought that traveling the World would be an awesome thing to do now..
As I said, I took a long time to prepare myself psychologically.. Going without a plan, having a tent on my backpack in case I have to sleep on a side of a road, be prepare to hitchhike (I had never hitchhiked before!!) haha! So I kind of trained myself in France by doing some hitchhiking and camping.. So it is all about the mind and I took time to think about it..
The decision came from me.. I think I’m ambitious and i always want to go higher.. At that time in Colombia, I had already traveled from Brazil to Colombia and I was about to leave for a motorbike tour of Colombia by myself.. I also had a startup back in 2012, I wrote theater plays and novels, I worked for companies and had many little jobs etc.. I just wanted to go higher again and this project of traveling the World was the challenge to fulfill my ambition! So, when did this ‘click’ happene?… I think, it was while I was traveling actually… I started meeting more and more people, having more and more crazy random stories, staying with random people, understanding more and more about human behavior and culture differences and in general, about Humans I guess.. Finally, traveling is also about discovering yourself, and I think, I discovered that traveling was right for me!
When you said you like to have projects you’re working on, that resonated with me as I also have projects I continuously work on. Most are beneficial and some take up a lot of time that I could probably utilize more effectively. I’ll have to direct my focus towards some goals and decide how to accomplish them.