Are you thinking of Backpacking South America?
After two of my best friends passed away, literally one after the other back in 2010. Life forced me to look at my journey with a new light.
Backpacking South America
I always knew life was short. But this made me realise how even going to sleep at night was a risk. The risk being that, I may never wake up.
Shortly after, and without hesitation, I quit my previous life plan. From that day on, I decided to live a life of uncertainty.
One of the major things I did that lead me to creating Layer Culture was this idea of travelling to new and different cultures.
👼🏿 RIP Kola Lucas 👼🏻 RIP John Plant
To make my story easier to digest use the links below.
Deciding to Learn Spanish
After my first trip to South America. I began to connect with my truth. By that point, I felt stuck in-between two worlds and there was no turning back.
I liked the idea of uncertainty because I’d already had the realisation that the patterns of my day-to-day life were no longer exciting me.
I always like the idea of learning Spanish when I was a younger. I talked about learning a language as a teenager. Now was the time to make a decision to learn Spanish as an adult. aI just need inspiration to get started.
Because I immersed myself into the culture before making a decision to learn. I began to realise there’s much more to learning a language than just speaking the language. This gave me a desire to feel the culture deep inside of me.
Layer Culture became a personal development project. It was the beginning of a spiritual quest and realisation.
Along my journey and by creating this project, I’ve made monumental changes in my life. Enough to make me want to share all my experiences with you.
I went from being shy, wrestling life with and no interest in other cultures – to being fluent in Spanish, speaking with over 2000 people in Latin America.
Now I’ve changed my lifestyle to that of a digital nomad and live with less.
Solo travel has become my area of expertise over the past few years. I created a list of resources for you to see what I carry with me. My wish is for you to find this blog useful whether or not you’re interested in learning Spanish.
My goal is to inspire you with my journey and my mission to become fluent in Spanish. I understand not everyone is interested in learning Spanish.
Luckily, out of this journey some other interesting topic have flourished:
- Solo Travel – Tips and advice
- Travelpreneur – Living like a Digital Nomad
- Latin America – Helpful Travel Guides
- My Travel Journal – Me connecting with my truth
I still write in my travel journals. They began as conversations with myself about myself. I’ve started re-reading them and I’ll be adding more here.
If you’re just looking for travel inspiration, and information about being in Latin America, this blog is you.
Looking back, I have managed to innovate my life through solo travel.
I talk about this in my comfort zone challenge.
These trips of growth have all been for my own self-exploration. All this started with a decision I made to start learning Spanish.
Going solo isn’t for Everyone
It seems impossible to go back to my old way of thinking now. Back to the days when I was a graduate looking for entry level jobs.
Anybody with an internet connection can innovate their life in someway. The reason I designed this blog was to share my knowledge, tips and tricks. Mostly importantly, how I got started as Travelpreneur in Latin America.
P.S. You don’t have to travel to be able to innovate your life.
I’ve used Solo travel as a tool . Solo Travel is just one style of travelling that for me has been the fastest and most effective way to grow as a person so far.
As well as Backpacking South America. Solo travel helped me to break away from enclosed civilised living and re-connect with the meaning of life.
Learning Spanish was a goal I created to facilitate my travel!
Living in over 5 new countries. I have began to build a location independent lifestyle. It’s allowed me to live life in a way that’s unique to me. One of my goals, is to eventually help friends, family and even you do the same.
In November 2015 I moved to Buenos Aires, check out the video I made below:
By 2013 I quickly realised that I’d been doing life all wrong. This is the funny part. It still took me another 2 years to fully awaken.
However, this was only the start of beginning of my awakening.
Many things happened in a short period of time. First it was John, then Kola. I was studying for a Degree, in a long-term relationship and away from home.
The Game Changer
Then, I split up with my girlfriend. After 7 years I realised that I had been lying to myself. The previous for 4 years, I had been a coward.
Sat down at 24 in front of my girlfriends parents TV, knowing there was more to my life. In hindsight, I was oblivious to what I had to do to change.
I had to make changes nobody else wanted to see!
That was a terrifying moment. Nobody else I knew of at that time wanted me to change to who I was becoming.
The idea of solo travel never occurred to me. But actually was something that I’d been doing all my life. For some people the word solo implies negative connotations. Especially for those who can’t stand being alone.
These connotations can be alleviated, depending how creative you are.
Along my Spanish learning journey, I’ve had to learn how to trust in locality. I’ve often had to open up myself to people I’d never met before.
Opening up to others about who I am helped me to leave some of my history behind.
From experience, I can say that solo travel is a journey like no other. However, it can be a tough journey for extended periods of time.
Solo Travel allows you to be in new places living on your own accord – with no distractions if you choose and, not having to rely on others.
I ask every person I meet if they’ve ever traveled solo. I will continue to wish for everybody to try solo travel at least once in their lifetime.
A Call to Action
After reading the book King, Warrior, Magician, Lover I learned that in order to reach manhood every young boy must undertake some type of ritual process.
We do this to transform our boy energies into man energies. Unlike tribal cultures, we are lacking modern ritual processes for making men out of boys.
I believe that Solo travel as a self exploration tool can lead to transformation, especially in your early 20’s.
Whilst travelling solo over the past few years I’ve been on a constant learning journey. One programme that provided me with many tools is the 67 steps programme. Listening to prolific ideas from the greatest minds in history.
After backpacking South America I created my own systems through having mentors. They have showed me new ways to apply their thoughts. I do this to be able to improve the quality of my life. Having mentors gives me the power and confidence to contribute more to the human experience.
Why travel solo?
It can feel insular travelling alone for extended periods of times. Personally I found it very easy to meet new people and other travellers along the way.
I’ve noticed how difficult it can be for newbie travellers to gain authentic local experiences. Especially if they don’t speak the local language. Learning how to learn Spanish is a great way to gain these authentic local experiences.
I feel that when you’re in a foreign place and you travel solo, you can immerse yourself in the culture much easier. Being alone will give you the space and time to intermingle with locals, spending true quality time.
Learning Spanish, mixed with solo travel, has taught me that I can’t do everything alone. This is one reason why I began to share my learning experiences online.
I believe one of the most important aspects of solo travel and learning languages today is, building a support group. Whether online or in person. I make sure I have both available at any one time. Having a inner circe has made a huge difference to my quality of travel.
I even created my own private community on Facebook for people interested in travelling, living or working in Latin America.
I’ve made this available to all subscribers of Layer Culture.
A lifestyle choice
Many friends of mine consider me a maverick because of my lifestyle choices. But what many of them don’t realise is that I began to make these choices shortly after 2 of my best friends passed away one after the other in 2011.
Now you know why, I trust you to understand. The truth is, I’m on my own path and have accepted my own way of living. I like living minimal. I believe living with with less is a decision we have to make, eventually. Especially to be able to live peacefully in a world that keeps giving us more.
Here’s my friend Obinna and I discussing material objects whilst in London:
Here are some achievements I’ve made since moving towards a location independent lifestyle:
- Learning Latin American Spanish
- Living with less material items
- Making new friends for life
- Creating a physical business in Latin America
- Changing my diet
- Building an online Business
After backpacking South America, one of the best things I’ve done for my personal development is learning Spanish. I’ve noticed that studying and practicing daily improves my memory and mental sharpness.
Here is one of the best platforms I’ve used to help me learn Spanish.
How can you benefit
Think of Layer Culture as your personal guide to travel in Latin America with solo travel being 1 type of travel that can open new doors for you in your life.
Here I document the doors I’ve encountered on my Spanish learning journey.
Over time you’ll see me moving closer towards fluency in Spanish.
Are you interested in learning Spanish? If that’s a yes, I’ll show you the my personal tricks and techniques to how I learned basic Spanish in just 3 weeks.
Below are 5 links to learn more about me. These articles stem from a very personal account. Many based from conversations I’ve had in the past.
- 5 things about Dan
- Travelpreneur: How I got started
- Trip Report Mexico [Part 1]
- What is a trip of growth
- Books I’m reading
Every time I travel I improve in some way. I observe how I travel. Every time I travel I improve in some way or another. I like to observe how I travel.
To learn what I like to carry. Check out my solo travel resources list.
Sometimes I like to document the journey. I shoot videos and take photographs of the people, places and objects that inspire me.
Backpacking South America has taken me so far in life. The culture, learning Spanish, living with families that now, there is no turning back.
My wish is to continue learning more about Latin culture. I’ll do this for as long as I can add value to my life and to the lives of the people I meet. I continue to speak Spanish and share my native language with people who want to learn.