Here is the full transcript of Simon Dabbicco’s TEDx Talk: Travelling Without Spending Money at TEDxCrocettaSalon conference.
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Have you ever thought about the way we travel today? You know, today we can get to a cheap airline and in no time, we can visit exotic locations, monuments, historical buildings or we can just relax with our friends on a beautiful sand of beach, which is great. However, I’ve noticed that sometimes even when we are far away we choose to go to the same restaurants that we have at home. So we eat the same food, we have the same comfort, we follow the same habit and routine.
But how can I authentically live the beauty of a foreign place if I keep the same comfort and routine? How can I get new ideas and inspiration if I hang out with the same people from my own country? In the past, traveling was about discovery and adventure while today is about going to places that have been discovered already or created on purpose by businessmen for the consumption of the tourists.
So, I have been thinking a lot about the way I want to travel. And I have come to a conclusion: to explore the world in an authentic way, I need time. I need time to embrace the culture of a place. I need time to get to know the local people. I need time to learn a new language. I need time to live a different lifestyle. I need time to live adventure. I need time to breathe and time to think about my own life.
But how do we use our time today? Well, mostly we’re busy working in order to make money. Each month, we earn just enough money so that we can return to work. Sometimes we use it to buy expensive gadgets or we pay for services that are supposed to save time. By these I mean computers, mobile phones, tablets, fax machines, automobiles, airplanes, microwaves, ovens and fast food. But, ironically it seems that they don’t save our time. It seems that they make us more addicted to work. There is this idea that people possess objects. But in my humble opinion it is the other way around: objects have started to possess people.
So today, we are frantically trying to stay afloat. Keeping on top of bills, making payments on cars, homes. Material possessions that enslave our body and our mind. Keeping us in a permanent state of debt and disillusion. But this doesn’t mean I am against technology, I am a fan of technology but we take less time to think about our own life. We take less time to enjoy or to notice the beauty that is all around us.
And at the end of the day, I believe that most of us lack a meaningful life. At least, this is what happened to me in 2007 when I was a managing director. I ran a company with my brother. We were working for 12 to 16 hours a day to earn enough money for our company to survive. But we didn’t like the job, it was boring and repetitive. What we liked instead was playing music. Our office was a music room but we didn’t have time to play and practice.
However I’ve learned a few things about our economy. Perhaps you know these things already. For example, that in today’s society we don’t produce to satisfy human needs. Today industry mainly motivation is profit. People’s happiness is secondary to profit. All problems, social and health problems that come from unemployment, competition, inequality, inflation and recession, they are secondary or even irrelevant as a result of the way our economy works. And you know all these problems, they are a normal part of the business and economy cycle.