How do you “Walk the Pla.net”?
So, you just stumbled across this website and want to know what all the fuss is about?
Well, let me share a story with you.
You see, when I was younger I realize that this world is super big. Like, really, really big. Enormously large. And I was just a small speck of dust in the great sandy beach that is humanity.
Besides making me feel super inadequate, it gave me a yearning to learn more about the rest of the people on this planet.
I wanted to travel, to explore and to see whatever I could.
I spent much of my childhood going back and forth between the United States and Japan, and that gave me an appreciation for traveling.
But what about the other hundreds of countries, thousands of languages, and billions of people out there?
I also realized that just going somewhere isnʻt really enough. Iʻve never been a tour group participant. I love getting to know a place, itʻs people and itʻs culture on a more intimate level.
And after living in China for 8 years I came up with the idea of having specific projects to better understand the places and peoples of the world.
Walk The Pla.net is where I share these journeys and how you can do the same.
It basically boils down to 3 things:
- Locations: How can someone spend between 12 – 36 months in a new location or country and get to know what is there, how to get around and how to live? Youʻll learn the ins and outs of how I do it, and how you can do it too.
- Languages: How does someone learn a new language to a comfortable conversational level so they can better know the people, how they think and who they are? Follow along with my own language learning projects to discovery my specific methodologies.
- Arts: How can you study and practice a cultural art and further deepen your understanding of the place youʻre visiting? See how I study, practice and attempt to become proficient at cultural arts in order to deepen my understanding of a language, culture and people.
Along with those main aspects, there are also specific things we can do to help us focus on the essential priorities for each travel project:
- Minimalist Travel: Iʻm a big proponent of one-bag travel, and I love sharing ideas and methods for traveling with only what you need, and shedding all the unnecessary things you donʻt.
- Digital Nomadism: I am working to become a 100% location independent worker, and Iʻm going to share how I am able to work remotely (and how you can do the same).
- Community Service: It isnʻt enough to go somewhere just to absorb and learn. It is also important to leave a positive mark (no pun intended). So, volunteering and serving the local community is also a part of how we can help make this world a better place.
So, there you have it. This website is fairly new (although it is the second incarnation of WTP) so there isnʻt too much to see yet. But over time you will find lots of information, inspiration and resources to help you on your own path to Walk the Pla.net.
In the meantime, be sure to explore, look around, and test things out.
Oh, and sign up for the newsletter (right down below this) so you can get spam-free updates with the latest progress on my travels, language studies, cultural arts practices and community service projects.
See you on the road!