What might you learn if you were to travel without a home to go back to?
Travel, for many of us, is a means of looking within and reconnecting with our most authentic self.
Travel brings a new environment and often new perceptions. Travel can be a foil and a reflection of ourselves.
There are many types of travel. Some trips have a destination. Some not. Travel can range from first class to campsites. And sometimes travel is a means of reframing our lives.
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
Mark Philpott is a well traveled corporate exec, adventurer and philanthropist. The twists and turns of his travels start off in Singapore where Mark had it all. He was the consummate businessman, traveling the world, enjoying the high life of great hotels, restaurants and events. Until one day, he realized that his world lacked compassion. And that insight led him on a profound quest that challenged his values and his very way of life.
Mark spent two years traveling without a home, without possessions, sometimes sleeping on a park bench. He visited friends. He experienced the world from a very different perspective. And what emerged was a very different man. His travels started off being external: places, people, events. But in time his travels caused him to turn within.
From mental health to physical health, Mark’s life is a quest. His courage in facing change and moving fearlessly into it, is a lesson for all of us.
Reflecting about his life and travels to date from his sailboat in Australia where he now lives, Mark shares his story and adventures. May his stories provide you with some food for thought and perhaps a few adventures of your own as well.
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