Having gotten used to relocating, and perhaps because of my nature, I caught the travel bug and explored a lot of Canada. After university I found myself more restless and ended up moving back to the Czech Republic, shortly after the fall of Communism. Fascinating times during the transition to a free market economy, but after 8 years the “magic years” faded away as the adventurous souls moved on elsewhere and locals were settling into a comfortable new life of suburbia. I was itching again for change.
With the arrival of the internet, I realised I could take my work anywhere, and spent the next seven years developing a plan. I tested my dreams of a world tour in a three month trip to Mexico, managing my online company through an expensive and extremely slow satellite phone internet connection. By three more years I managed to save up enough to buy a truck, remodel the inside, put solar panels on the roof and off I was to explore Europe for the next five years, leaving behind the last remnants of a stationary life.
Stopped dead in my tracks at the Malaysian border due to a lacking rear licence plate, I spent more than a year struggling to arrange all the necessary paperwork while exploring that country, Indonesia, Borneo and Bali. In Borneo I volunteered at a hotel where the owner promised me a 60% share of profits, but having suffered the utterly inept nature how she runs her business, I became inspired to start my own (for that she proposed I give her lifelong royalties).
For a year I scoured the beaches in search of my dream location, was invited to India by a hot bird traveling there for a yoga retreat, but since the visa conditions were impossible, my eyes scanned the horizon when they stumbled on the Philippines. More details here.
I think that building up a family will be an adventure in itself, while the constant stream of guests from around the world should keep things crisp and on the edge. I particularly enjoy the development aspect, breaking away from the computer for gardening work and building bamboo huts, teaching others how to kitesurf and interacting more with people – it can be somewhat lonely on the road.
Hope you can come for a visit!
|Instigation to Finding the Dream Paradise Beach Island|
It was fun trying, but after two years I decided it was not for me and instead to focus on expanding my boat tour operations to include the rest of the country. I will be exploring the country on a motorbike with sidecar, so feel free to join me for a leg!
Update: bought a motorbike with sidecar and actually departed on my journeys, but after only a few kilometers I finally met the Filipino girl of my dreams, and the adventure continues!