Visiting all seven continents is no easy task. What is it about our love of exploration that leads us into the unknown? Is it the old adage that the grass is always greener on the other side? Or is it just the lust for adventure and finding out what we cannot see or have yet to experience?
Lots of consistent travelers that I have met over the years strive to reach the seven continent achievement. If there were eight or nine continents then we would strive to reach those as well.
The Europeans are known for colonizing and exploring the world. Many do not realize at one point in history the Chinese Emperor called his Navy back from that same mission. What would the world have been like if South America or even the United States was colonized by the Chinese?
The endless dream of traveling deeper and deeper into space has benefited all of our lives. The number of spin-off inventions from NASA are endless. They can be found in everything from technology to the health industry. This must be the reason why everyone says that travel is the best teacher.
If I had to do it over again I would spend the mere $100,000 I
spent borrowed from a private university to travel the world for years. I have learned more traveling than I ever could in the classroom.
Not to say that university isn’t a good decision because it is always a good idea to have something to fall back on. Kids… Stay in school.
I am very lucky to say that I am semiretired at 29 years old.
I will remain 29 years for some time since people act weird when you hit 30. My profession, what I do for a living, I do not consider a job. I love what I do day trading and traveling around the world and therefore consider it just a way of life.
As I have traveled over the years my definition of both success and meaning of life have changed.
Among the big time money managers and investors there’s always the question, what’s your number? The infamous question can be seen in the movie Wall Street 2. Many times the number involves a lot of zeros into the hundreds of millions to be exact.
My journey traveling actually led me to the United States. As I escaped the wrath of an economic meltdown in Venezuela a new life was made in the land of opportunity.
BOOM. Six years old two continents.
Growing up in the superficial culture of the United States I yearned for what most young people yearn for; beauty, fame, and fortune. Now my only definition of success acquires me to have my freedom. The simple concept of having enough money to not worry about money.
I did what any good son what supposed to do when I finished college. What I wasn’t supposed to do was pick up and leave to live in Italy for nearly 2 years while I took a sabbatical from university.
20 years old three continents.
The current adventure began when I decided to leave the United States for good. Since I am able to make a living with a reliable Internet connection I didn’t have to be anywhere in the world. I didn’t want to be in the United States for both economic and cultural reasons.
To ease the transition of my new nomadic lifestyle I moved to Canada which hosts a similar culture to the United States. Different enough since every Canadian is adamant about not being called American.
We are just loud, obnoxious, and fat! There are worse things in the world right?
Canada was different enough but still a first world country where I could find things easily. They also speak English in Canada, fancy that!
I happened to sell my car that I was still making $300 monthly payments to (in the USA) on the day before I left to my next destination, Argentina.
Some of the reasons why I travel our business based. I wanted to travel to every country in South America and you there was trouble on the horizon for Argentina. I wanted to see the entire country before the economic situation began to deteriorate significantly.
Argentina is one of the most incredible countries in the world. It has everything that a tourist could ever ask for in a bite-size package.
Now Argentina is in a currency crisis. In an effort to keep the money in the country all Argentinean citizens now pay an extra 20% tax to travel outside the country. There is great steak, did not bother learning tango, and enjoyed one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world in Buenos Aires.
Oh, I did also witness some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
Argentina is more European while Chile more similar to the United States. Chile happens to be the only first world country in South America. The driest place on Earth can be found in the Atacama Desert, gorgeous snow peaked mountains, Easter island of course (which I visited just last year), and incredible landscapes in the South. Picturesque lakes and mountains in addition to efficiency is the reason why they call Chile the Switzerland of the South.
From the border of Chile I visited Bolivia and walked on water. See below. Speechless.
Shortly after I found a home in Medellin, Colombia. The city that lacks major tourist attractions makes up for it with culture and fantastic people. The city of the eternal spring hosts immaculate weather year round and one can witness incredible views as the city lies in valley of the Andes Mountains.
Colombia is nowhere near as dangerous as previously thought, I would highly recommend a visit.
I visited all three countries in South America that many people don’t even know exist, the Guianas. The three countries on the top right of the continent nestled in between Venezuela and Brazil. All three interesting in their own right.
BOOM. Five Continents.
I had the pleasure to explore all of Eastern Africa; I walked and played with cheetahs and Lions, went on Safari, swam and walked on the cliff of one of the largest waterfalls in the world, and even explored ancient civilizations.
This doesn’t even begin to cover the recently opened Stone Forrest in Madagascar, Gorilla Trekking in Uganda, or feeding wild Hyenas (with my mouth).
The challenges that come from living in Africa were also experienced with Internet shortages as the rain poured, con men, and the difficulties of getting around. I was arrested and detained in the newest country in the world, South Sudan, and even drove into Somalia (Somaliland) by the president’s adviser.
All in all, Africa is an incredible place.
Fast forward to Brazil and now we are enjoying intoxicating Caipirinhas and one of the most popular beaches in the world.
Everything from Carnival, parties, to meeting new business associates happened in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil is on the rise and the World Cup is going to be just the beginning.
I was fortunate to travel from the northern coast all the way down to Florianopolis finding hidden gems along the way. What I now call the Brazilian Maldives, Jericoacoara, is an incredible sight to see.
For a visa run I visited Peru as well as Easter island. Machu Picchu really is as impressive as they say it is and the serenity on Easter island is nothing like I have ever witnessed.
The only continents left on my list at this point at roughly 28 years old and 30 pounds heavier were Asia and Australia.
I lived in India for three months witnessing the extremes of the subcontinent but still needed to visit “Asia proper.”
India should be one of the most visited countries in the world. The land of contrasts has so much to offer and the Taj Mahal is an indescribable majestic work of art.
To try to describe what it feels to be in its presence would be to try and re-create the Mona Lisa. It is just not possible.
In college I had already lived in Italy and in between some of my trips I had visited London, Spain, and Germany. I have often preferred traveling to unheard of destinations rather than Europe but things change.
Before my current destination I was able to experience Jordan. We ran a contest and not only brought someone to Jordan all expenses paid, but also provided a free one year training program to learn how to day trade with our Day Trading Academy. Jordan was an unexpected treat and I can’t wait to share our experience there!
This brings us to our current predicament. I have been in Singapore now for the better part of the few weeks and will be living here for the next month. I had a one of the best first experiences in Thailand with a yacht party by my friends at Life Before Work Travel. The only continent left at this point is Australia.
I organized my bathers (bathing suit and Aussie lingo) and my sunnies (sunglasses and Aussie lingo) and proceeded to spend a week in Sydney.
The city has such a different vibe than any city I have been in. It’s trying to combine New York City and Asia with a sprinkle of England on the top.
Just a sprinkle.
Really look forward to heading back and exploring Australia in detail. What does one do after visiting all seven continents? It isn’t easy to travel at the pace I’ve kept for the last few years. I plan to settle down in the only place I’ve called home the last three years, Colombia.
There I will try to open my first day trading center to teach locals how to trade my money. I also will visit Ecuador and the incredible Galapagos islands. That would complete nearly every single tourist attraction in all of South America.
It is hard to say where I will go next.
At the same time I may have some company. There is a Wandering Trader family that I plan to introduce in addition to someone named Honcho Extreme. Keyword Extreme. Look forward to continuing to share my stories, Marcello Arrambide he and the WanderingTrader chronicles continue…..