It all started with a camping stove and origami plates.
We were at a fancy party in Beijing and Sam, a recent acquaintance, had just outlined the various merits of his camping equipment…
A stove that could run on any fuel, space-saving cutlery that defied all logic. It all seemed like a dream.
I wanted these tools of masculinity and with them, the ability to survive any unexpected apocalypse.
One thing was sure; the hunter-gatherer in me was strong and the wild was calling.
“I’d like to climb a mountain please”, I say confidently.
“Yes Sir, and which one would that be?” says the lady behind the desk.
“The big one over there”, I say, pointing to a looming monstrosity in the distance, half obscured by cloud.
“Fine”, she says, tapping away at her computer, “Have you ever climbed a mountain before?”
Hmmm, not that I can remember.
Do you ever wonder how real our reality truly is?
Are we seeing the full picture, or are our brains busy inventing our worldview, Matrix-style?
Perhaps you experience flashes of hidden intuition before being consumed once more by your devilish little mind.
But like Neo emerging from his slimy lifepod, Plato’s allegory of the cave might provide just the thought experiment we need to finally wake up.
So let’s take a look.
So, you’re thinking of ditching your sweaty little office job for a sweatier office job in warmer climes…
Or maybe you want to ditch the suit and tie altogether and work on the beach in your sexy Speedos?
The fact is, working abroad can be an enticing option, especially when laptop monkeys can theoretically work anywhere with electricity and Interwebs.
But is it all it’s cracked up to be?
Well, let’s find out.
So you’re worried about the march of the robots?
An impending Terminator-style judgement day set to steal our future.
If sci-fi movies are anything to go by, it’s simply a matter of time. Mass unemployment, income inequality, riots and trailer parks.
Perhaps it’s a bit different from the utopia you imagined future technology might provide.
But is it really necessary to worry, or are we heaping too much hyperbole on the thought pile?
So, you’re fed up of your current commute and want to ditch the dreariness for the good life?
You’ve seen the Instagram feeds of your favourite travel bloggers and their perfectly filtered faces are driving you crazy with envy.
You’re like a rabid dog at work, desperate to escape the confines of your cubicle…
Just waiting for when you can hand in your notice and hop on a plane.
But is travelling all the fairy lights and beach fires it’s portrayed to be?
In this article, we’ll consider the psychological benefits of travelling to prepare you for what’s to come.