What Was Your “Aha” Moment to A Simpler, Less Materialistic Life?

I can confidently say that the vast majority of travelers don’t buy into the materialistic mindset that dominates western culture. For each and every one of you, there was an “aha”moment where you kicked the mindset to the curb for good.

For one such example, watch this video – it’s a 50 minute interview with the Founder of Charity Water that details his entire transformation from club promoter in New York to a life of giving.

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What was your “aha” moment where you realized there is more to life than the materialistic lifestyles the majority of us in the Western world live?

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Drew Meyers

Drew Meyers is the co-founder of Horizon & Oh Hey World. He worked for Zillow.com from September of 2005 to January of 2010 on the marketing team managing Zillow’s API program and various online partnerships. Founder of Geek Estate Blog, a multi-author blog focused on real estate technology for real estate professionals, and myKRO.org, a blog devoted to exploring the world of microfinance. As passionate as you get about travel.

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  • Brad

    I love this story.

    Differentiating between ‘want’ and ‘necessity’ can be an extremely hard distinction to make, especially living in the United States. I am not saying that it cannot be done, but travel, more specifically backpacking allows for this realization to come quicker. My “aha” moment was really an accumulation of moments as I realized, that I could live for an extended period of time, out of a 70 liter backpack. Simplicity is bliss!