Simon on How to Live One Hundred Lives

Zlatko Najdenovski
23 August, 2020

For our second story, we go back to the old continent. So, meet Simon, a travel blogger and a backpacker from the UK. Simon has indeed a lot of unique stories to tell, which you can read all of them at his blog called One Hundred Lifetimes. If you are attentive enough, you might as well found out the secret how to live a hundred lives into one.

Simon, how would you describe yourself in one sentence?

Simon: I’m an aspiring adventure travel blogger from the UK. COVID put a spanner in my round the world trip plans, but I’m still exploring and writing as much as I can.

Zlatko: Yeap, these global turmoils have shifted us from experiences to introspection. And writing seems like a great way to achieve the latter.

What’s the reason, and the driving force of your travelling?

Simon: I travel for new experiences and to rediscover a childlike fascination with the world. I love meeting people from all cultures and challenging my perspectives. The journey is the destination.

Zlatko: That last bit sounds poetic. If I may add up to your philosophical note, “…And the experiencer becomes the experience.”

Where do you usually stay during your travels?

Simon: I stay either in a hostel to make friends with my fellow travellers or with a local to get under the skin of the place.

How has the COVID situation impacted your life?

Simon: I quit my job just before the pandemic hit to travel the world. The virus put all my plans on hold, and I had to head back into the corporate world.

Has travelling changed your life?

Simon: Backpacking taught me to live spontaneously, open up to new experiences and embrace the kindness of strangers. Don’t worry, be happy.

What’s behind your philosophy to live one hundred lives?

One hundred lifetimes is all about breaking out of your everyday routine and seeking extraordinary experiences. So many of us live mindlessly stuck in the same patterns like it’s Groundhog Day. For me travel is the best way to get out of a rut because everything is new and exciting. Ultimately, it’s about living not merely existing.

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Do you have a message for other travellers?

Simon: Dream big, nurture your allies and don’t give a damn about the haters.

Before we wrap it up, is there anything else you’d like to share with the Tribevibe community?

Simon: It may sound dark, but I’ve found a really effective way to focus on what matters in life is to imagine I only have five years left.

Zlatko: Oh, not dark at all. I even rely on a much stricter credo, which goes along the lines, “Live today as if it were your last day.”

Bonus question: If you could swim with dolphins or go shark diving, which would you pick?

Simon: Shark diving for the adrenaline rush (I assume I get a cage?!)

Zlatko: Cage is totally fine. Thanks for participating in this story, and sharing your life philosophy.

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