Keepin' it Real

Sean Keener's Personal Blog

March 15th, 2016

Is this it?!

January 14th, 2016

2015 Year in Review – It’s all about love

Scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the best) – my feelings are at this time, 2015 was a 9.17.

I look at the past, through rose colored glasses and forget or remember challenges as “fun” after the fact.

Just the other night, I was out to dinner with some travel industry folk. Another person said, “What a great time to be alive and human” – I could not agree more and have said this myself the past few years.

Before Christmas, I had a dinner with a group of super accomplished business folks and we all shared our highlights from the past year. Everyone’s highlights, including mine were of a personal/love/family nature.

I was stoked since all our accomplishments, pail in comparison to the feeling of being connected to our fellow humans. Maybe the word “love” could be a way to describe this feeling.

Yes, there is tragedy, suffering, and injustice in the world. There always has been.

I’m continuing to put my attention in the joy and love direction. I suspect what we give attention, grows.

Where is your attention in 2016?

January 13th, 2016

Getting your dollar to go farther

About 40 locations around the globe that your travel dollar will take you farther.

US Dollar
Canadian Dollar
Euro Dollar
Australian Dollar

My colleagues researched these 4 articles looking for value in the context of currency fluctuations over time. You’ll see some of these destinations were more expensive just 12+ months ago. Some, have been value oriented for a long time and continue to be. Injoy.

November 28th, 2015

Discovery vs Escape

Escape (in this context) = “a form of temporary distraction from reality or routine”

Perhaps things like Videos, Netflix, Movies and time when I can mentally zone out and not be engaged.

Discovery = “the act of finding or learning something for the first time”

This is an active process, and in my experience, I need to be engaged, to discover.

Perhaps the key differentiator between the two, is being engaged.

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Discover Over Escape

Even if you decided on traveling to escape a relationship, a job, or boredom you end up discovering something about yourself.
QUESTION 1:
What have you discovered about yourself in your travels? Did you start traveling for discovery or escape? Has your reasons for traveling changed over time?
QUESTION 2:
Why do you want to travel? Is it for escape, discovery, or both?

November 27th, 2015

Expanding your creative capacity

1. Being in Nature
2. Moving
3. Choosing LOVE
4. Gratitude
5. Living in the NOW
6. Quiet
7. Creating

via research conducted by Nicole Ekman

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Mental & Spiritual Growth As Much As Physical Adventure

QUESTION:
How does getting out and exploring a new place better you physically, mentally, and spiritually?
CHALLENGE: Go do something outdoors that you haven’t done before. Whether it’s hiking a new trail, riding a bike for the first time, or reaching the top of a hill – get into nature and experience something new.
Where did you go and what did you do? Do you feel like you’ve grown mentally, spiritually, or physically? Do you feel like you accomplished something? How can having a physical adventure on your RTW trip help you grow as a person?

November 26th, 2015

Staying Healthy While Traveling

I try use the same techniques to stay healthy if travelling or not.

Of course, it feels like I am not as in control of my environment, so getting worn down, may mean me getting sick on the road.

A few days ago, I wrote about eating while travelling. This is a big one for health.

Slowing down helps too.

Of course, all the best preparations won’t matter sometimes. You might get sick, especially if you travel long-term.

I’ve gotten sick many times on long-term trips (India, Poland, New Zealand, Romania). This forced me to slow down, take care of myself, and a few times goto a local doctor to get some medications to help. That in of itself was an interesting and learning experience and it is different from the USA, and much less expensive.

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Getting sick while traveling can ruin a trip, so answer one or all:
QUESTION 1:
What are your tricks for staying healthy (while traveling or in general)?
QUESTION 2: H
ave you ever gotten really sick while traveling and how did it affect your trip?
QUESTION 3:
Have you learned any strange or new cures from your travels (or does your family have any non-traditional sickness remedies you grew up with)?

November 25th, 2015

Location Independent Work

Digital Nomad, Location Independent. These new terms were not in the lexicon of folks more than 10 years ago.

Today, it’s a movement with massive momentum.

There are so many websites and communities around this concept.

I’d say it’s “easy” todo today and if you are interested, it’s not too late.

Remote Year is a company that put groups of digital nomads together to travel and work creating a roving group/community for only $27,000/year. Wow. That is cheaper than living in many cities around the world.

I’m full of stoke for this movement as it bring a sense of freedom. We are lucky at BootsnAll – most of our colleagues have been location Independent since 2002, and ALL of them have been since 2009. We “closed” the office we had to make it officially, official.

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Working While Traveling

When you can make extra money during your trip, it’s easier to travel longer and extend your budget.

QUESTION:
Have you ever worked while traveling? What did you do and where? What was your experiences like? How did working while traveling change you?

CHALLENGE: If you haven’t traveled yet, or haven’t worked while traveling, what are five ways you could envision making extra money on your trip? They can be as real or fantastical as you’d like (keep it legal, though).
Pick one and tell us one thing you could do today to start this work (Contacting hostels? Starting a website?).

November 24th, 2015

Eating while travelling

In the past 10 years or so, when travelling for business, I’ve struggled with my optimal diet at time.

At home, I buy whole foods and eat a balanced healthy diet. When I get on the road, with meetings and socializing, I have, at times become less aware when I eat. I have tended to eat more, and with less discretion. Often times, coming back from a trip with a few extra pounds and feeling, “Puffy”.

In the past year, I’ve made a massive effort to change this behavour.

Strategies for Eating Well on the road
1) Bring healthy snacks for transition times like air travel. Fruit, nuts, protein bars, an empty water bottle.

2) With things like homestays and AirBnB taking off the past 5 years or so, get a place with a kitchen and shop local and cook. Eating out, as we all know is fun, but more expensive and often times may not be as healthy as choices you would make when you are preparing/cooking yourself.

3) When I do find myself out for events and dinners, I’ve been limiting my alcohol consumption to 1 or none. I find I make better eating decisions when I’m not going with the flow and have more than 1 drink.

4) For me, simple is beautiful. If I don’t have snacks to carry me over, I avoid all fast food joints. Almost always I can find an apple, or banana or something sensible that tastes good versus a Big Mac, Filet or Fish etc.

5) Local Markets – I injoy going to them and find what is in season and interesting to build a small reservoir of healthy eating options.

6) Slow down – Moving fast, trying todo everything, leaves less time for eating. When I go slow, I injoy what I’m eating/cooking and making the healthy choices that bring more joy.

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Cooking on the Road

Traveling on a budget often means cooking your own food. As we travel we all come up with some creative ways to eat, and learn some amazing new cuisines – so let’s share our favourites.

CHALLENGE: Share a dish you’ve learned to cook abroad, or your favourite recipe you cook yourself when traveling. We aren’t looking for “pasta with butter” type of dishes. We want your most creative, healthy, and delicious recipes. Write down your recipe, title your dish, and share. Bonus points if you provide photos or make a cooking-show style video!
Bonus points if you provide photos, or make a cooking-show style video.

November 23rd, 2015

Slowing down in a modern world

It was easy
My 1st few indie travel experiences in the mid 90s did not have smartphones, iPads, and kindles available to interrupt slow travel moments and time.

Some memories of slowing down:
1) On many of my trips, deciding to goto 1 place for a period of time, instead of multiple places in a country trying to see it all

2) Chillin’ out in Warsaw for 6 weeks while I sorted out Ukraine visas. Instead of blasting around Eastern Europe, I did a 2 little trips out of Warsaw and just enjoyed where I was, versus where I could go. (Sept 1996)

3) Winter in New Zealand – I was married at the time, and I was happy to slow down and get to know the Waikato Region of New Zealand for 1 month in 2010 and 5 months in 2011/12.

Tools of Today, make this a bit more challenging

I highlighted the idea on a previous prompt. Today’s tech tools mentioned above, make it difficult to mentally slow down.

It’s uncanny, how many people I see relentless in their ability to check facebook, text message and be phrozen to their phone when waiting or they have 10 seconds of down time.

I am not judging. I am this person at times.

A few ideas for Slowing Down in Life and Travel

1) Chuck the devices away for 1 day or for a weekend. Or if you are on the road for a longer trip, put them away for a week or a month. Trust yourself, you can do it.

2) I’m a lucky man, and have 3 children aged 5, 3, 3. When together – I learned to “hide” the devices, including mine. It’s not an option then, and we end up having fun and learning without them.

3) When I’m waiting, just seeing other folks around me phrozen to their phones, reminds me to be present and slow the mind down.

Over the past 20+ years, I’ve heard countless people say they don’t have time to travel the world or do the things that they want to.

I’ve realized, we have the time, it’s a choice. We are free to choose how we spend every minute of everyday.

Will you spend you life checking facebook 1 more time. Will I?

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Slow Down & Enjoy An Experience

QUESTION:
Tell us about a time you slowed down and enjoyed an experience and how “slow travel” can be the best way to travel.

CHALLENGE: Go to a park, outdoor cafe, beach, or somewhere outdoors where you are around people. Sit for an hour without using a phone, laptop or other device. Just sit, watch, listen, observe, and enjoy the experience.
Did you learn anything about yourself or others during this time? How do you feel slowing down can help you experience a place better?

November 22nd, 2015

4 things I’ve learned

1) All that matters, is right now.

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via CM

2) Learn and change.
Making the same mistake, that does not bring joy to you or others life over and over again is a road to misery

3) Love
Everything that people do, I do, comes back to a desire to be loved.

4) Hurt others = hurting yourself. Be good to others = being good to yourself.

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Three Things You’ve Learned Through Life & Travel

QUESTION:
What are three things you’ve learned the hard way? Be as serious or as funny as you want, but tell us three things you’ve learned through life and travel.

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