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About The Man

I am Alex, a 30 year old kitesurfing, technology loving, free spirited guy! Not too long ago I realised that I am spending too much time doing the things I don’t actually want to do. This mainly consisted of owning a time hungry business and dreaming of what I wanted to be doing rather than doing it!

You see my belief was that if I could earn enough money and grow my business to a point where it had well trained staff who would be able to run the company with little input from me, I would be a free man! What is a free man? Well to me freedom is being able to do what I want when I want. What do I want to do and when? Well, I want to kitesurf, travel, socialise, snowboard, laugh, love, run, ride, eat, drink, dance, make fires on the beach, sleep and relax and I want to do it now. I knew this a while back, but still, I was stuck in some sort of synthesised paradox where I must work my little ass off first…

Have you ever heard the Mexican Fisherman story? Read it here!

I had heard this story before, but in all honesty, it didn’t do much for me as I was still in “millionaire mode” – the story only really resonated with me Christmas Eve 2016. I was sitting with my girlfriend Marcela talking about life. My brother, Ted came into the conversation and I all of a sudden realised that he was doing just what he wanted to be doing – he was being the Mexican Fisherman, while I was being the American (western) Businessman! But, still I had this feeling like it was too late for me, I had responsibilities, I didn’t have enough money, I was too old etc etc… The only way I managed to overcome these negative barriers was to simply ask myself a question. “If I was 40 looking back on my 30 year old self, what would I say?”

How Ted inspired me and the answer to my life changing question can be read here

Needless to say, I made a decision to leave the UK to live in a van and travel Europe 🙂 I will be posting my travels, adventures, mistakes, tips, fails and wins on this blog, so please follow if you want to see more!

 

This was me before I decided the rat race wasn’t for me.

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And me now

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With my girlfriend, Marcela 

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16 Comments on “About The Man

  1. I have not read the Mexican fisherman story yet but I have recently reached a point in my life where I’m not bothered about chasing the Rainbow anymore I’d rather be sat under it in the rain with a big smile on my face.

    I have had a couple of businesses myself worked in the fire service and done all sorts of jobs. Kind of chasing the rat race dream that we think we need.

    We decided we didn’t want to wait until retirement so we sold the house bought a van and downsized to a small old rickety bungalow with the aim to be out and about in the van as much as we could and ultimately living in it full-time.

    Keep up the dream and go steady with pets 🙂

    Baz

  2. hi, just read your story from the youtube van clips. i am 35, and feeling the same, change needed. as life goes on and on, and its dull – glad i saw this today, as it reminded me that something has to change

    thank you and well done

  3. How and where did you meet Marcela? Where is she from (country)? What was and is the “life directions” connection between the two of you? Curious…

    • In Aberystwyth University, she is Polish – life directions… hmm….. Well, we are both pretty easy going with life in general, but I would say we actually have different ambitions.

  4. Hey,

    Really enjoyed your van build videos, you both seem really cool people. I have always honestly felt that only negative people and self doubt can inhibit someone from achieving what they dream of. Really refreshing to learn about two genuine people wanting a challenge and new experiences from life, the Mexican fisherman story hit the nail on the head.

    Sorry for the ramble, I shall digress for a moment. I’m thinking about a van build and wondered how you overcame your issue with finding decent Data sim cards for your 4g router. I work within the IT field and would love to work off grid. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

    • Thanks very much 🙂
      Yeah, data is something I am going to write a post about actually and maybe a video. Firstly it really depends on the Country and how long you will be there. I have just found a pay as you go sim in France – €19 for 100GB that last 30 days!

  5. It sounds like a dream, at least for some while… A year or a half. But everything has its price. The price for living in a van full time is that you will have a limited income resulting in probably no pension contributions. It’s fine as long you can continue your way of living. But everything can change if you are a retiree and/or might have high medical expenses.
    Another point is children. The van way of life is probably over with children at school age…

    In all those shiny videos about van life people are usually taking about the pros. But it can be worth to hear about the downsides…

    Would like to hear your thoughts about it 🙂

    … and respect about your decision!

    • Hi, yeah for sure there are compromises. However, I don’t believe any of them are the above. It is possible to earn just as much money on the road as in a ‘normal’ job, or more 🙂
      I know people in this community with children and they are usually homeschooled, nothing new really.

      The compromises are more things like not having what seems like an infinite water supply, space to store things, posting to your address (that doesn’t exist..) and, well, that’s pretty much it. It’s not for everyone though, that’s for sure! 🙂

  6. Hey brother, stumbled across your van conversion whilst researching for my own next van conversion. Been into vans for over 15 years, your conversion rocks it. Life has many solutions, travel, meet people, who knows where it will take you. The same positive attitude that drove you to create the van, will carry you both through. Stay true to your motivation, stay beautiful.

    • That’s awesome, thank you and all the best! 🙂

  7. I’ve just watched your van tour video on YT. Very nice to see how you are doing it. I’m building my second van now, having learned what we did and didn’t like in the first one. I work self-employed online from home anyway so a few weeks on the road wouldn’t be difficult. For now it’s just holidays. I hit 46 this year, so it’s never too late to build the dream lifestyle.

    • Hi Anthony!
      We are just writing an eBook atm that will answer this in very full detail 🙂 Keep an eye out here, cheers

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