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Guy Spends His 20s Battling Depression By Travelling Around the World for Three Years

Published 4 years ago

Depression is a very real mental illness that can trap people in a morass of despair. In an attempt to escape this morass, one guy – photographer Michael Loffler – spent three years traveling around the world. This, in addition to his normal medicine (which those suffering from depression take a lot of), helps him feel less glum.

What‘s his secret? Thriftiness. As he explains in his reddit post, the most expensive thing about traveling is plane tickets. That‘s why tries to do it mostly by land, and in inexpensive countries in South Asia or South America. Then it‘s down to couchsurfing, staying at friends’ places, spending as little as possible (his target is no more than $30 a day), and avoiding souvenirs and clubs.

Another thing working in his favor is that millions of people around the world are yearning for native speakers to teach them English. They are ready to offer compensation, which can always be transformed into a few more miles.

(h/t: imgur, Biggieholla)

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Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia.

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Two cambodian girls out fishing for snakes in their ‘boats.’ 

Ta Prohm, Cambodia

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Yuanyang, China

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Lijiang, China

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Machu Picchu, Peru

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Zhangjiajie, China

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Colca Canyon, Peru

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Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

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Sapa, Vietnam | Cocora Valley, Colombia

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The worlds tallest palm trees. The wax palm. My friend on the bottom right for scale. 

Yangshuo, China

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Maya Bay, Thailand

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Annapurna circuit, Nepal | Banos, Ecuador

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The swing at the edge of the world. It really was quite awesome. 

An ancient small town where they filmed part of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Hongcun, China.

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Proboscis monkey, Borneo

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He told me, “I made him feel safe, comfortable, sexy.”

Chiang Rai, Thailand

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Zhangjaijie, China

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Annapurna circuit, Nepal.

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I spent 2 weeks trekking around Nepal and was blessed with places like this.

Sapa, Vietnam

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Mount Kinabalu

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Martynas Klimas

Writes like a mad dervish, rolls to dodge responsibility, might have bitten the Moon once.

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Asian photography, backpacking, depression, full-post, Machu Picchu, Michael Loffler, nature photography, tourism in Asia, tourism in South America, Travel, travel photography
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