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Can travelling help us to change our habits and personality?

A couple of days ago, I had a interesting and inspiring conversation with a guy also from Germany.

I met in I’m my hostel in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica.
He is traveling for a few years already. Is just in its early twenties, but has an open minded ideology regarding finding hisself.
In Germany he had a lot of problems with the school system, teachers and his family.
The German perfectionism and outer pressure on “having something” instead of “being something” made him weird and enoying.
For any reason he felt like a fool, not to stay at the same level of the typical education system as there friends or people from his environment.
He had the feeling he is not exepted as a simple human being with his own ideologies and wills. You have to wear the same costume to be part of the party.
But that’s weird. Why can’t we live and be what we want? Especially today, where is a worldwide network with tones of different opportunities.
On the one hand, that depends on in which environment and society you are born and how you grown up.
On the other hand, it depends on you. You can always change it.
Lucas, the guy felt so weird and empty, because he lived a life, what was not his own life. So he started to take drugs and went out for partying, just to neutralise and calm down his inner desires.
After school he decided then to travel and travelled in the end 1,5 years before he came back home for the first time again.
This time period of traveling opend his eyes. He found out, that in other countries are other rules, habits, values and lifestyles. There is no right or wrong, it is always the perspective from where you look at your life and values.
Lucas learned that he was now able to to what he wants and nobody cared about it, he could be experimental in habits, ways of life and find out what his values and motivations in life are about. He captured all contacts to his family and friends during this time, just to make a complete reset of his current position.
It was a beginning of a journey – a journey to find hisself.
But when he came back home for the first time, where he stayed at his parents house, met the same friends from before, he suddenly fall back into the same habits.
Felt weird, as a stranger, took drugs and made party.
So after half a year he decided to travel again. He was not ready at this time to come back, he didn’t find hisself and could feel that he was not at the end of the path.
So for over one year now, he is traveling again. He saved some money before in Germany and worked a while in Canada.
Mostly he is staying 2-3 month at one place and is trying to keep his expanses as low as he can by working as a volunteer at a hostel or hotel. They offer you normally free accommodation and sometimes food for a little bit of work (mostly between 10-25 hours per week).
Lucas said, he will travel so long until he will find that way of life and motivation that makes him happy and peaceful inside.
“I am starting to get there”, he mentioned to me. “Before, I was always destroying things, was angry and very negative in my mind. Today I start to see just the beautiful things inside everything. I even get creative and my mind starts to think about, how he can create something useful out of each simple piece of nature”.
Oh my god, what a big mind shift in just 2-3 years!
Once, when he will come back to Germany, he wants to say to his parents, ” Hi, I am back. And I am what I am. And that is me.” He ment by that, to have the power and strength to stay then as he is, not to fall back into his old habits and also to be accepted as a new person by his family and friends.
And as long as he hasnt the feeling, he is ready for it, he wants to travel. Minimum the next 3-5 years.
For me it just shows me again, how important traveling on our own can be to find ourself. Especially when we have the feeling we are born into a wrong society, when we have the feeling we are strangers, when we have the feeling we are not excepted by our invironment.
If you feel the same, I can just highly recommend to go traveling.
It doesn’t have to be for years, sometimes it’s enough to travel for a few month, just to brake out of your hamster wheel or just to get new insights.
And you doesn’t need to go to many places or all over the world. You can also just stay at one place, that you enjoy – the mountains or the beach side.
And you doesn’t need to be in your early twenties. Event when you are in an older age and have a settled life, it is always possible to leave this place for a while.
Just the first steps to decide to travel and actually move are those actions, where people already stuck. Because you have to come our of your comfort zone.
You have to change something and leave your secure environment.
There is one of my favourite quotes, which I want to share with you guys. It helped me a lot to move my ass and start to change my life:
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”
Life vegins at the end of your comfort zone
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Stopover in Istanbul

Lost at the airport, I met this both nice guys, Douglas and Mübi, who had to take the same flight to Bodrum. All from Germany, we took care of each other and spent the time together while we were waiting for the flight.
We had some interesting conversations about traveling, hard work in and now burnt out people, food, and business.
People asked me, when I travel if I don’t feel lonely sometimes.
No, you are almost never alone.
I share my moments always with people around me.

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The difference between comfort and happiness

Today on a boat offshore driving towards Split, I found Thiele wise words from Colin, which I wanna share with you:

“There’s a big difference between comfort and happiness: 
being happy means that you are overjoyed about what you’re doing, who you are, the people you’re meeting and the things that you’re doing. 
Being comfortable means that you’re not feeling too bad or too good…you’re neutral. Neutral is what suburbs are for. Comfort is for people who are looking to relax, not to grow and learn and experience new things. 
You may save yourself from any potential lows by keeping yourself comfortable, in an easy-chair, watching reality TV and eating Doritos, but you won’t experience any truly happy moments, either. 
You need the bad (or even just the possibility of bad) to truly experience the good, and to fully appreciate the difference between the two.”
(Colin Whrite “How To Travel Full Time”)

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Supi on tour – my tour dates

A lot of friends asked me for my tour dates. So I decided to put them on a list, where you can check, where I am right now or probably where you want to join in and meet somewhere.

Actually, it became a kind of diary for myself. If I need a certain time or place where I’ve been, I check it up on this page.

2018

26.12.-10.01. Bali, Indonesia
10.01.-24.01. Raja Ampat, Indonesia
25.01.-03.02. Germany (Essen, Cologne, Munich)
03.02.-06.02. Davos, Switzerland
08.02.-28.02. Goa, India
28.02.-10.04. Bali, Indonesia
11.04.-18.04. Cologne, Germany
19.04.-19.05. Bali, Indonesia
29.06.-16.07. Cologne, Germany
29.06.-21.07. Corfu, Greece
21.07.-30.07. Boom Festival, Portugal
30.07.  tbd.

2017

26.10.-13.01. Peru (Mancora, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Ticitaca Lake, Lima, …)
13.01-17.01. New York
17.01-03.02. Cologne, Germany
04.02-05.03. Goa & Kerala, India
05.03-03.04. Bali, Indonesia
03.04-15.04. Koh Phangan, Thailand
15.04-10.06. Bali, Indonesia
10.06-29.06. Cologne, Germany
29.06-16.07. Cyclades, Greece
16.07-30.07. Barcelona, Spain
30.07-29.08. Cologne, Germany
29.08-28.09. Corfu, Greece
29.09-26.10. Cologne, Germany
26.10-26.11. Bali, Indonesia
27.11-25.12. Cologne, Germany
26.12-10.01. Bali, Indonesia

2016

11.12.-02.02.Colombia, Tour (Bogota, Cartagena, Santa Marta, Medellin,    Amazonas etc.)
03.02. -04.02. Lima, Peru
04.02. -10.02. Rio de Janeiro, Carneval in Rio!
10.02. -26.02. Pipa, Brazil
28.03.-25.03. India
25.03.-10.06. Bali
11.06-09.07. Cologne
09.7-.1607.  Corfu, Arillas
16.07-04.08. Barcelona
04.08-09.09. Cologne
09.09-19.09. Geneva, Switzerland
20.09.-21.09. Lima, Peru
21.09-26.10. Ecuador (Galapagos Islands, Ayampe, Mompiche, Canoa)
26.10.-13.01. Peru (Mancora, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Ticitaca Lake, Lima, …)

2015
05.01.-16.02. India
17.2. -20.2. Austria
21.2. -16.3. Sri Lanka
16.2. -14.5. Indonesia, Jakarta, Bali & tbd.
15.5.-22.5. Cologne
22.5.-04.6. Barcelona (Workaway Camp)
04.6.-14.6. Rhodos / Turkey, Yoga Cruising Retreat
14.6.-08.7. Barcelona
08.7.-10.8. Berlin
10.8.-08.9. Cologne
08.9.-16.9. Geneva, Switzerland
16.9.-02.10.Tarifa, Spain
02.10.-1.11. El Palmar, Spain
03.11.-03.12.Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
03.12.-10.12. Nosara, Costa Rica
11.12.-02.02.Colombia, Tour (Bogota, Cartagena, Santa Marta, Medellin,    Amazonas etc.)

2014

27.09. -04.10. Turkey
04.10. -12.10. Croatia
12.10-13.10. Belgrad
13.11-23.11 Greece
23.10.-24.10. Istanbul /Turkey
24.10.-03.11. Cologne
03.-12.11.Panama
12.-24.11 Costa Rica
24.-30.11. Nicaragua
30.11.-08.12. Guatemala
08.-10.12. Belize
10.-24.12 Mexico
25.12. -04.01. Germany

Sounds like a musician who is traveling to his gigs. 😀

Haha! No, sorry. Thats not what I am…

I am just working and traveling. But enjoy life, work on the beach, meet new people and places and an amazing abundance  of new experiences.

If you close to some place contact me. Maybe we can meet there.

Hugs & love

Supi

What makes you happy?

When we think about our life. Our inner desires, wishes and values and what we want to achieve finally – it always come back to happiness.

We may all have different plans and desires.
We want to buy a house for the time of retirement, travel or visit some specific places, aspire to a position or live a certain lifestyle.
But what is behind these dreams? What motivates us to aim it? 
In the end, it’s mostly the ambition to be happy.

  • To buy a house is the intention to live a more peaceful life and don’t worry about money in times of retirement. Security may makes us relaxed. Relaxation is a good initial position for happiness.
  • To see new places, cultures and meet new people. Traveling is broaden up our mind. We learn more about life. The world becomes smaller and yourself richer. Or probably you just want to relax on the beach. But coming out of your small world and visit either inspiring new sides of life or the most beautiful places in the world, makes us happy.
  • If your intention is to live another lifestyle, you may not be happy yet with your current one. To much stress, pressure or a daily routined “hamster wheel lifestyle“. So your will is probably to change it into more relaxation, more quality, love and spending more time with your beloved ones.

It doesn’t matter which desires and intentions you have in life, in the end we all seeking for more happiness.

My wish was always to stay at the sunny side. I love the beach and sun and love to travel. So I made this to my lifestyle.
But even for me, I needed to prepare it for 1-2 years actively.
So thats why I want to share here with you how to start.

The four steps you have to work on. To change something and start your life, where you can be more happy.

1. Change your values (In my case: live with less luxury, enjoy the small moments, learn to love everybody and everything, feel home everywhere)
2. Change my habits (in my case: limit your belongings, learn and study every day for it)
3. Follow masters. Search for some „idols“, people, who already live that life, what you want to live. Follow them. Study them. What did they do for it? How could they became this characteristic? What are their values, habits, daily routines?
4. Stop dreaming and act. Now its time to make a plan and change it. If you start now continuously, you can achieve it quite soon. 
Of course you have to be patience. But if I can do it, everyone can do it! 🙂

If you need help with it, contact me. Would love to provide you with infos and ideas or just sharing thoughts.

Finally here a video of my time with Terra nation as a beacher in Milos. Its our HAPPY beach version of Pharrel Williams.

Become happy. Feel happy. Be happy.