“Three years ago I turned 30. I had a cool and versatile event marketing job, a beautiful apartment in Vancouver overlooking the ocean and an amazing girlfriend. But after 5 years together, we decided to part ways. It was a big change. I got rid of almost all my possessions. My snowboard, my camping gear and my old photographs are the only things that I kept. They are patiently waiting for me in a small storage back in Canada. Suddenly, I only had a small travel backpack and the clothes on my back. The less I owned, the lighter and the better I felt. For me, having less is actually more. Then I moved to Berlin. Why Berlin? The freedom, the diversity, the creativity – Berlin has it all. Two city airports with low-cost airlines make Berlin the best European hub to travel from. I found a fun and flexible job as a tour guide. As a freelancer, I decide how and when I want to work. With this lifestyle, I can book trips whenever I decide to!”

“Many of my peers have full-time jobs, lots of money and expensive apartments. What’s missing? Free time. The 40-hour workweek is not for me. I guess you can say that I have an innate fear of missing out. I want to meet new people, see new things and experience new places. The more I travel, the more I realize that the world is not a scary place. At the core, all humans are the same. We want to feel love, connection and compassion. One of my biggest fears is being on my deathbed one day and realizing: ‘Shit, I didn’t do enough of the things I wanted to do.’ I use this fear to push me forward, to strive for a fuller life, to give it more meaning.”



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