My name is Francisco, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and since 2018 I cut all bind with my family. On the 27th of September of the same year, with no technology and all my belongings fitting in no more than a 70L backpack, I started a trip that would last 2 years. All the rest were left in my old flat, with a note to my family saying to give them away to people who needed them. Since then, I live as a nomad.
Starting in Tucuman, Argentina, I hitchhiked for over 10 months, through Northwest Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. Later, I flew to Mexico, travel and work during 6 months. With my visa closed to expired, I went back to Colombia, where I spent 9 months in quarantine due to publicly known facts.
Since the day I left, I travel to understand the world as a whole, in order to find out how to make a real change in a crumbling world and society. I strongly believe that, regardless of our conditioning in terms of being part of a nation, traditions and cultures, we are all human beings, and that is our unifying factor from which we must begin to face life. Apart from the words that might sound nice, we first have to be honest to ourselves and live according to what we see as correct, that is what I believe.
One day I decided to start a blog with a very simple goal, to share my story and show that it is possible to drastically change our lives and follow what we feel, by just acting. It is a fact that life needs to be taken and lived seriously, and that means to understand ourselves and act upon.
The answer to this question is, of course, yes! Nowadays, we use technology for everything, communication, maps, for booking a night in a hostel, buy a plane ticket, etc. We use tons of apps. But, are they a necessity? They are useful, but do we really need them? I don’t think so. We can live without them and, more, we can travel around the world and learn languages without them. And I want to share with you my experience travelling for two years around South America and Mexico, and how I learnt and mastered English without a phone, computer, or any technology.
So, I would like to bring you along in a small journey, going through some experiences and adventures I had, that can show you the countless possibilities for a technology-free life-style.
First, I always had thoughts about freedom and its role in our life. I've considered many times living as a nomad, with no borders, free and with the whole world as a home. I was feeling attracted by this idea, and it was then, when I decided to begin a long journey. This came to me while working with cryptocurrencies, where I also questioned the place that technology was playing in my life.
So, I asked myself if I needed my phone or my computer to travel, if I needed to depend on them. Some questions came to my mind, “How would I solve my situation if I had an emergency?”, “What would I do if I got lost somewhere?”, “How would I survive?”. I wanted to face these questions and see what was beyond those fears. I believe that there is no other answer than 'Just face it'.
After a month considering this, the decision was made. I prepared a plan, bought equipment and a train ticket. All that I had to do now was to wait for the day of departure.
If you are still looking for that one person who will change your life, take a look in the mirror. The moment to change is now.
Something interesting that I've learnt travelling is that fears are not real, I saw them dissipating while going through difficult situations.
How did I manage to travel without any technology? This is what I want to answer while sharing my stories in this blog. This is not an invitation to leave everything, as I did before, no. Technology is very useful and admirable sometimes, but I believe from what I learnt, that we must put in order its use and give it the correct place in our lives.
One activity I've discovered not a long time ago, and I love doing, is climbing.
What I most love from this activity, it's the fact of facing fears, our mental limitations, and go through them. Understanding that we can actually go through them gives energy to continue facing everything else.