I have just finished most of my traveling this year and will be settling down in Southern Florida for a while. I am shifting the focus of the Endless Weekend from photography to writing (even though I will continue to post photos from my adventures). To get started, I thought I would introduce you to five of my favorite writers. All of them have mastered their lives in different ways and enjoy a tremendous amount of freedom. No one person can help you master every area of you life, but in the area of travel these five are a good place to start.
So here are 5 of my favorite life masters.
1) Timothy Ferris: Author of The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated: Expanded and Updated, With Over 100 New Pages of Cutting-Edge Content.
I had been planning on creating a travel and life coaching website for several years. When I saw 4 hour workweek, I was amazed because Tim pretty much nailed the concept I was going for. Tim has traveled and lived all over the world, and has two bestselling books. He is not only an epic world traveller and adventure seeker, but an ingenious online marketer. You can check out his blog here, it gets around a million hits a month.
2) Chris Gullabaleau: Author of The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World
Chris is the author of an exceptional book and corresponding blog The Art of Non Conformity. Chris helped inspire my goal to photograph every country in the world in HDR. He nearly completed his goal of world domination and has already travelled to around 170 countries.
3) Ralph Potts: Author of Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
Ralph is living proof that long term world travel can be done at almost any income level. He lived in Korea for 2 years and taught English. He saved $18,000 dollars and used it to travel for a year and a half. His book “Vagabonding” is epic, and a must read. You can see his website here
4) Trey Ratcliffe: Author of A World in HDR
Trey’s Blog Stuck in Customs is hands down the best travel photography site on the Internet, and recently his photos surpassed 20 million views. Trey has brought HDR photography into the mainstream, and inspired millions worldwide to travel with breathtaking images. His website is an excellent way to pick out extraordinary places to see, as well as learn HDR photography. He is a constant innovator and has free tutorials and photography lessons galore.
5) Leo Babauta: Author Zen Habits: Handbook For Life
Leo is the founder of A-list bloggers as well as his blog Zen Habits. His specialty is teaching how to simplify life, by removing mental noise and other things that waste our time and money. By being absolutely clear about what we want in life, we can eliminate the things that drain our finances. Sometimes less is actually more. If you truly want the freedom, (to live and travel around the world) then why not remove the waste in your life. In the hectic world we all live in, Leo’s message is one many of us can benefit from (he has amassed 230,000 email subscribers so far).
All of these books and websites truly are life changing and are worth your time. They will challenge your ideas on living and what is really possible.
I am really excited about the projects I will be releasing in the next few months. I will be finishing my book and organizing as many great resources as I can here on the EW. If you find the info in this post valuable, please share it with someone. You never know what kind of difference you will make in someones life.