In Might of 2017 I headed by way of the American Southwest with a objective in thoughts: I used to be going to begin vlogging for actual and giving YouTube my greatest effort.
Then I acquired in over my head, realized how a lot darn work making movies is, and slowed down for some time, solely to choose it again up once more with equal vigor this previous January. Since then I’ve contributed a biweekly video depicting a number of the most ridiculous adventures and extra of the behind-the-blog experiences, fiascos, and tales.
Since then some experiences have stood out greater than others. Over the previous 12 months, these are the very best vlogs I posted when it comes to WTF moments, issues I nonetheless can’t imagine occurred, and heart-warming encounters with locals with each two and 4 legs:
Slab Metropolis: When a neighborhood squatter invited me into his home
Slab City in California is called the ‘final free place in America’. I didn’t totally grasp this after I drove there at nighttime to camp out in a single day, considering it was only a free campsite. It seems that the complete slabs are a free place to stay for anarchists, fugitives, and people who are flat broke.
It’s additionally one of many quirkiest locations I’ve ever seen. Nearly each residing space is embellished with upcycled rubbish, previous tires, previous TV units, dolls, clay, hay, and a veritable cornucopia of odds and ends. It’s the sort of place you need to see to imagine.
What I didn’t financial institution on is a neighborhood, Caribe, inviting me into his house to have a look round. I questioned to myself if it was a good suggestion, however accepted his invitation and filmed my hottest video of the 12 months. You may watch it right here:
Coyote Gulch: Solo Rappelling down a rock face
Coyote Gulch in Utah’s Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument often requires an in a single day with the intention to hike in and hike again out. I didn’t have the gear for that, however nonetheless wished to see the wonderful archways.
Via my analysis I learn that I might get out and in in at some point – if I rappelled down the canyon wall.
I made a decision to take my possibilities and purchase some rope. Drone flying behind me, I solo climbed all the way down to probably the greatest hikes of my life. You may watch it right here:
Siargao, Philippines: When Every little thing Went Incorrect
Siargao in the Philippines is a beautiful island full of fantastic issues to do – it simply appeared that each time I attempted to do one thing I acquired sidelined by some kind of fiasco.
Flat tires, mixups, motorcycle points, and loads of pet kisses later, all of it labored out, perhaps even for the higher:
My Berlin Condo Tour
This is without doubt one of the extra private movies I printed since, nicely, it’s of the within of my house!
Nevertheless I believed it was a cool method to present not solely what my residing area seems to be like, however what it’s wish to stay in Berlin.
My place is quirky, too, in a transformed attic and stuffed with flea market and secondhand finds, plus some gadgets from my travels. Welcome to my humble citadel (for hyperlinks to the locations the place I purchased a number of the artwork, read the blogpost here):
My Journey Tattoos
That is one other private video – maybe essentially the most private I’ve printed but – in regards to the ink I’ve placed on my physique all through the years.
Earlier than I began touring, I didn’t have any tattoos in any respect. Since then, I’ve lined half of my left aspect, obtained a blessing within the type of a tattoo from a monk in Thailand, and acquired a sacred image in Kathmandu to commemorate nearly three months in and across the Himalayas.
All of my tattoos have a singular story to inform and these are the stories behind all of them:
Once I nearly died in a flash flood in Tanzania
This was simply the scariest expertise I had in 2017, much more than solo rappelling down a canyon wall or coming into an ideal stranger’s house in the midst of nowhere. It was after darkish and I used to be in my tent about to go to sleep, when abruptly, the guard on the campsite in Arusha, Tanzania started shouting outdoors my tent.
I didn’t understand it at first, however he was about to save lots of my life. The video reveals the aftermath and my response proper after it occurred:
Whereas I nonetheless have an extended method to go when it comes to bettering and increasing my craft, I’ve had a blast doing extra movies over the previous 12 months and I hope that if you happen to’ve adopted alongside, you’ve seen the advance alongside the best way and been entertained, too!
I’d like to know which of those was your favourite, and what you wish to see extra of. Be sure to subscribe here, I’ve acquired a lot extra to come back!