My name is Igor Lopasovsky, I was born in 1984 in Slovakia and I am generation Y. I studied, then studied, then worked, then studied again and worked again and then suddenly burned out. Yes, it’s simple as that. 20 years in 4 different schools and 9 years in professional IT business haven’t brought too much good. Yes, my CV looks pretty great but as I have finally learned during the past year, education and job are not as important as they seem. I had to live 30 years, had to be in serious relationship for 7 years and had to have 2 serious jobs to find out that this is not the life I want to live. And so I decided to change everything. I quit my study at UAS Technikum Wien, asked for 6 months of unpaid leave at work and in March 2015 left for Panama City. One way. Alone.
And so I started thinking differently. One day in the shower before my first big trip I even came up with another very exciting project. I wanted to travel without spending all my vacation days in one month and preferably cheaply. How can I travel on regular basis without spending a fortune (especially when I was saving for my upcoming trip)? I always believed that every traveller should know his/her home country the best which was definitely not my case. And so I created a project called Travel My Homeland and decided to visit every single village and city in Slovakia. There are 2930 of them (you can find more information here).
I started travelling around Slovakia and I immediately knew this is the right thing to do. Yes, it will take couple of years to finish but who cares. There are no deadlines and I feel so good while doing it. Couple of people have asked me why I do this? Do I run away from something? I don’t think so. I love travelling, hate status quo and routine which is expected from me by society (9×5 job, mortgage, family, etc.). I love constant change and experiencing of new things. I am in a process of learning how to slow down, enjoy every moment of my life and appreciate all things I already have. I also want to proof to myself (and everyone) that travelling doesn’t have to be expensive.
For someone it’s just another travelling blog but for me it’s much more. My story is not extraordinary, many people do the same thing. In fact, they inspired me to pursue my dreams. Nevertheless, we are still minority. Do I have any goal? Sort of. I would be happy if someone gets motivated by reading my posts and decides to follow his/her dream, too. My blog is written in English because it’s the most universal language out there and many of my friends can’t speak Slovak. So haters, go hate somewhere else. And sorry for typos and not always right grammar.
It may sound like cliche but quit making excuses and follow your dreams. Right now. There won’t be a better time. Hate your job? Quit it or ask for unpaid leave until you figure out what to do. Hate your relationship? Break up with your life love. Hate your current life situation? Change it. I am not saying it’s easy but believe me, it’s much easier than you think. You don’t have to spend the most productive time of each day in open office with 80 other people just to earn some money so you can pay your mortgage, buy new designer clothes, new iPhone and other bullshit. None of this is important. Try to think simple, stay in present, live every day to the fullest and never give up. The only thing that matters is you and your happines. Only then you can share it and make other people happy, too.
If you have any questions, suggestions or anything else you can catch me on my email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Everybody is very welcome.