I wish that I could say that I'm traveling for fun, or to see the world or to explore remote areas, etc. But the reality is that I have no idea what I'm doing. It may sound crazy. It is. a 24 year old with a perfect life, perfect job, and perfect friends, abandoning his life to travel around South America and do a podcast.
I was born in Mexico, when I was 10 years old my family moved to the US. I lived there for 14 consecutive years. Because of legality issue if I left I wouldn't be able to come back which is why I stayed there all this time, now that I've left there is no turning back. I think as I grew older I started to think more deeply about things, as one does I suppose. Am I Mexican? Am I American? Am I Mexican-American? Do I want to stay here forever? Do I want to keep the same job forever? Do I love my life or am I just content with it? Is this all there is to life? I was looking for some answers, but I wasn't going to find them doing the same things I've always done.
It was all perfect timing really, combined with the lack of sense of belonging, my fascination with nature and landscapes, my passion for traveling, and my love for photography, I reached the culmination of all the events in my life up until that moment. My mind was made. I would travel the world photographing its beauty and documenting my experiences all while pursuing that thing I'm looking for. I'm not exactly sure what it is yet. But traveling is the road I've chosen and I'm sure it will lead me to it.
Then on top of all of that I found this amazing project. As soon as I read Brandon and Daniel's post about their idea I was immediately intrigued. Not only would I be incorporated into their adventure but at the same time I'd be traveling with great creative and like minded individuals with who I could use my own skills with and together create incredible content. It's perfect.
Now that we are officially on the road I can say that it's been as extraordinary as I imagined it would be. Already I feel more at home in a strange and unknown place that I ever have in my life. I know for a fact that it will only get better and better and I couldn't be more excited to see what the future holds for us.
You can follow my photography page on Instagram at lsaac.jpeg (Here is a sample)
The past weeks have been pretty crazy- I quit my job in Los Angeles, packed up 2 pairs of jeans, 4 pairs of shorts, 10 t-shirts and a jacket, and jumped on a plane to Costa Rica to find two guys I had met on the internet.
Growing up I was lucky enough to travel relatively extensively, and recently fell in love with the concept of solo traveling (Nicaragua, Barcelona, Panama, Guna Yala, and Colombia this year,) and I always knew it would be a part of my future. When I started working soon out of university, my short vacations became more and more important. While I would return from each trip feeling rejuvenated, I felt increasingly scared and incomplete. 3- 4 weeks of vacation per year? How much of the world can you really see like that? How much perspective can you gain?
Finally, at halfway through my 20’s, I felt like I came to a point in my life where I needed to make a decision. I would save as much as I could, for as long as I could mentally stand it, then throw caution to the wind and say fuck it.
14 months of consistent work and I got comfortable with my career and coworkers, but I never took my eyes off the prize. To be honest it really flew by. As the number in my bank account slowly increased, I began to research where I wanted to go, the concrete details of my dream, and other people doing similar things.
Then, after just a couple hours of searching, I came across this post:
‘A friend and I have a podcast in which we interview successful and unique outliers to society, mostly young adults. We had a dream to take our show on the road to South America. After a year of preparation we are doing so… We are searching for a travel companion that has a vested Interest in photography and/or video. Someone who would like to join us on the bus to work on their creative project and join us in ours. We very much would like to work with someone that excels in video and someone who loves travel, adventure, and experiences as much as we do’
I reached out and we set up some time to talk. A total of 90 minutes of conversation later, and the offer was made. The ball was in my court. Was I really going to leave my friends, my family, my career, my relationships and responsibilities to meet some strangers 3,500 miles away? I didn’t even need 5 seconds to think about it. Of course.
I threw everything in two bags and jumped on a plane with $10K in my account, a camera, and no expectations. I was actually half surprised when they actually opened the door to the address provided.
I worked for about a week with Daniel and Brandon in Costa Rica, then explored Panama and Colombia solo for the next three- which were some of the most transformative couple weeks of my life.
I learned more about myself, my dreams, and my goals in that time than I ever would have expected- I think solo travel turns you into the best version of yourself. Now with the shipping complete, I’m finishing up my time alone in Colombia, and checked into my third hostel this morning, where I write this from next to the pool. Our brief trip to Costa Rica already provided some really interesting content, and I couldn’t be more excited to see where the bus takes us.