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The #1 Reason I Stopped Traveling

I spent most of the past five years traveling around the world, visiting more than thirty countries while living out of a backpack and making money online. Four months ago I moved to Amsterdam, and here I plan to stay for the foreseeable future. Why did I give up the travel lifestyle for a more settled existence?

“Why Amsterdam?”

I spent most of the past five years traveling all around the world, visiting dozens of different countries and living in several for months at a time. That was fun for a while but eventually I began to crave a more settled existence.

Travel Gear: 7 Essentials For A Life Of Location Independence

I’ve been through all sorts of climates and situations on my travels, and I’ve gotten by just fine with very little clothing. Once, after spending several months in sunny Thailand, I traveled up through China, South Korea and Japan in the dead of winter.

The Worst Travel Mistake I Ever Made

In a little thatch-roof cottage in the center of Kathmandu, I sat at my laptop and pressed submit. And it was done. I’d just sent $1,200 to a specialist travel agent to book passage aboard a freighter from Sri Lanka to Malaysia.


A few months back, after stepping off a sailboat from Colombia to Panama, I met a man in the coastal town of Portobelo. His name was Jack, and he ran a hostel there. Jack is in his sixties now. He has the air of a man at peace with himself.