Global-Slacker (One Day)




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Published on Jun 3, 2011

99%.... of the world is chill.

Some shots from a two year trip around the world, which included some backpacking in South East Asia, driving a Jeep from China to South Africa and we also flew over to Ghana for a wedding and to Dubai to see my sister. We didn't have an overarching theme for each clip, but I just picked a selection, that for me summed up the overall vibe of the trip, which was mostly just crazy / funny / happy. Just a reminder that the negative images of the world that dominate the news and media, while it makes sense that they be shown, do not represent the vast majority of the people and places out there.

Awesome that this video which we posted 4 years ago got a bunch of play in the last couple of days and thanks to all who shared it! Yes, this was all done before Syria went nuts and we wouldn't drive through there now. I hope we can again in a few years. We're not claiming to have calculated the exact percentage of chill people! The point is just that it is the vast majority. I've read through the comments and on Reddit too - we love reading the comments of people being touched by it, it's so epic, thanks for letting us know and we love you too : )

I do understand the (few) negative comments from people that are opposed to "white people going around taking pictures of smiling poor people". I think it's good to get out of what you know and see the world and learn more. This video is not meant to be a glossy version of the world, obviously it's edited, but that was how we experienced the majority of the trip.

We worked corporate jobs in China for 3 years and saved up to pay for the trip. We've never owned a house or had a mortgage. We don't earn a huge salary by any western standards. If you'd like to see more info on the cost breakdown or the route check out the links below.

After the trip we ended up moving to Kenya, Megan working for a solar company and me helping to build a factory to make and sell energy-efficient stoves in Nairobi on the open market. Those things definitely wouldn't have happened had we not come through Kenya on the trip so it's not necessarily just take a picture of a poor person and then go home and show your friends on Facebook. Equally, we could have ended up working in the US or Ireland.

We're all on the same team here which is to connect with our fellow humans and not destroy our home planet. We didn't have a specific point to the video - we're just lazy, wanted to take a long break from working, see other places and make some videos to have something to do and avoid becoming raging alcoholics. But I'm stoked this video's gotten the play that it did because people do appreciate being reminded that the world is not as war and violence-heavy as we inevitably feel when we watch the news., which leads to more fear-based decision making and less enjoyment of the world we live in.

We're all born into different circumstances, I consider myself blessed being born in Ireland to middle-class parents in the 80s. When we have to work we should strive to let our efforts be a net positive to the planet and the people around us, and, in my opinion, we should work very hard to try and not have to work... for a while anyway, and get some good slacking in.



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