Elsewhere 44 / Travel More, Buy Less

Travel More & Buy Less (Video)
We live in a world of consumption. Before you buy your next item for your "man cave" or "she shed," think again. Adventure and exploration is the best way to learn and expand your horizons. The idea here is simple and enlightening, that one should have a passport full of stamps rather than a house full of stuff. Travel more. Buy less.

The Rise of Outdoor Influencers Means More Awareness of Environmental Concerns —But Also More Issues
When Katie Boué heard Sen. Mike Lee was introducing legislation to block the protection of public land in Utah, she knew exactly what she needed to do. “Utah’s @senmikelee is being awfully un-American this week,” she wrote on Instagram. “[He] wants to abolish the Antiquities Act and claims that western land should look more like ‘Illinois or Missouri’ — no offense to those states...but they’re not exactly known for their pristine landscapes.” She posted the message alongside a photo of a “protect public lands” sign that looks like it was taken in a climbing store. It got almost 3,000 likes.

A Case Against Optimizing Your Life
Many people I know are on a quest to optimize their lives — some of my favorite people in the world will spend days trying to perfect a productivity system, get things automated, or find the perfect software for anything they’re doing. They are on a continual search for the perfect diet, the perfect work routine, the perfect travel setup.

Number 2, Optimizing is a trap of dissatisfaction, resonated with me.

Orcas in the Mist
The Pacific Northwest’s Southern Resident killer whales are dying. And it's our fault.

This is the suicide story you're not hearing
For every person who goes through with it, there are 280 who decide not to. Listening to them could be life-saving.