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Living a not so normal life. This week in a borrowed apartment in Paris.

Living a not so normal life. This week in a borrowed apartment in Paris.

I am not living what is thought to be a normal life, but I have chosen that myself and i am very happy about my choices and here is a list of things i have chosen to opt out from and I am not missing any of them.

Working 5 days a week.

Screw the 5 day work week.

Screw the 5 day work week.

A regular work week is something i have vague memories about when I think back in my earlier life. Bloody hell does a regular work week suck. You spend 7-8 hours a day working, so you are too tired to really do much once your work day is finished and a weekend get’s you nowhere in this world if you ask me. I am happy to have opted out from that and now I work 12-14 hours per day, 7 days a week, but only for around 125 days a year and the rest is pure holiday, where all I have to do is check my mail twice a day, but that can be done anywhere in the world. Right now I am checking my mail in a cafe in Paris.

 

Sleeping in the same bad every night.

I am quite happy sleeping in a cave for the night.

I am quite happy sleeping in a cave for the night.

I hear so many people talking about how they are missing their bed, their pillow and such when they travel. I am quite happy to be living in hotels rooms +300 days a year. All I am asking is that I can close my door when I need some peace, but that is perfectly possible in a hotel and there is even a little girl coming to clean it every day. Living in hotels is just fine for me.

I once lived in a house boat.

I once lived in a house boat.

 

Owing money to creditors.

 

You are financially free, when you can fit your material belongings in to a backpack.

You are financially free, when you can fit your material belongings in to a backpack.

I do not have any debt, any mortgage or other things that hold me back financially cause there is some guy who wants a monthly payment for me. To me this is the key to a free life, cause you are not free if you are forced to work your ass off, just to pay some monthly bills. I have no regular pay as i work freelance, but i do not need it as I have no creditors coming after me every moth to ask for some money that I borrowed from them in order to buy some material stuff that I thought would make me happy.

 

Watching television every night.

I'll rather climb a volcano than watch Friends or dancing with the stars.

I’ll rather climb a volcano than watch Friends or dancing with the stars.

 

Television is so bloody overrated. The weird thing is that you can get in to some notion that you can not live without seeing your favorite TV show, but isn’t it better to live a life where YOU are doing cool stuff, instead of just watching people on TV doing cool stuff.

 

Being married and having kids.

The hard life of unmarried people :-)

The hard life of unmarried people 🙂

This is one of the big choices you will be faced with when you are living a life as a vagabond. But I have come to the decision that I am not ready to give up my vagabonding lifestyle for raising a family and I find it very hard to do this if you live a vagabonding life like me. I am not saying that this can’t be done, but it’s not for me and I am quite happy just being an uncle to my two nieces and I do not have any moments at all anymore where I wish that i had children myself. That is also a part of normal life i am happy to be without.

 

Having a car.

You take the car to the next town and i will take the plane to Rio de Janeiro.

You take the car to the next town and i will take the plane to Rio de Janeiro.

 

I am from a part of Denmark where everyone has a car and the first thing you do when you turn 18 years old is get a drivers license. I am the only guy in my generation from my home area who never took a drivers license, cause i knew already at 18 that i wanted to travel the world and a car cost money to buy, money to maintain and money to drive, so I opted out from that at a very early age and I am now 45 years old and i have never had any time where I wished that I owned a car. I am doing just fine flying, training, cycling and walking around the globe and i have covered more kilometers than most people who own a car.

 

Having my life planned.

Happily walking down an empty road with no set plans.

Happily walking down an empty road with no set plans.

 

Having a schedule totally sucks. I am writing these lines in a small cafe in Paris and I don’t know where I will be in 5 days from now. I need a little bit of planning unfortunately, because I need to earn money sometimes, but that is 125 days a year roughly and the rest of the year I try to plan as little as possible, but always make sure to stay on the move of course. I never book accommodation in advance when I travel for fun and I usually buy my plane tickets quite late, even if it might cost me a bit more, simply cause i hate having my life planned. I think I might go and see a football game tonight, but let’s see. Something might happen on the way to the stadium, so I end up doing a completely different thing tonight.

Live life and live it to the max.

Live life and live it to the max.

If you think adventure is dangerous try routine. it’s lethal.

This is what i will do when I get old.

This is what i will do when I get old.

 

Normal life is good for normal people, but i am no ordinary man and i am just fine with that.

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6 Comments

  1. Michael Whiteside

    Normal life is overrated. Good for you for doing what you do. Not everyone has the personality for it. Most people can’t deal with the lack of a steady paycheck, or of not having their own place to live. Keep it up!

  2. Claus, very interesting post. I’d be interested to learn more about how you view personal relationships. You mention marriage and children, but only really discuss having children. One of the best things in my life is the loving relationship (not married) that I have with my partner, and this is something that (I think would) be difficult to maintain and enjoy with a life on the road. I think a life travelling perhaps sacrifices the chance to have a loving day in, day out relationship with someone. Please do not read this as a criticism or anything like that. I love what you are doing a show you live your life. I’m just genuinely curious to read your thoughts about this. Thanks.

    • When you say yes to something in life, then you mostly say no to something elese at the same time. It’s hard to have the entire package always. I think it would be great to have a girlfriend who I could share this life with, but I am not ready to sacrifice the free life for a girl. Been there done that and it bloody sucked. But one day there might just be a girl who is the type of person who can fit in to my life and that would be cool.

  3. Thanks for the reply, Claus. I fully agree with what you say about sacrifices. We all need to make sacrifices and live (hopefully happily) with the results of these choices. Your life appears great and interesting and I am happy you share your tales and travels with us all.

  4. 100% agree with you on most points! This is obviously why we have kept in touch with each other for so many years.

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