No Plans Just Life

In 2012, I left everything behind and embarked upon ‘a pointless journey’ hitchhiking through Europe. I had no plans, except life. When I shared my idea with others, I was told that I was crazy and at the very least, I would be robbed and abducted. I travelled nearly 23,000 km (over 14,000 miles) across 24 countries without getting abducted, molested, or robbed. Not even once.

The Boy Who Was Afraid of the World Front Cover

The video is essentially 1006 photos I took of my own face. Apologies for that. Bigger apologies to all the people I ever slated for taking pictures of themselves. I have outdone you in the worst possible way.

And yes, the French flag is the wrong way round. It was the only time I used a mirror to apply face paint and my plan back-fired.

I wrote a book about this adventure. It is called The Boy Who Was Afraid of the World. It is the true story of one individual (me) who chose to walk away from a childhood of crippling anxiety and a comfortable life in order to trust in the goodness of strangers by hitchhiking across Europe. It is not an epic adventure. It is not a story about defeating fear. It’s more of a roller-coaster. It is real life and sometimes real life is big and scary. If you would like to read it, please click here.

You might also want to read more about this journey here and if you want your own adventure, you should definitely download The Avant-Garde Life because it is absolutely free and is intended to give you some inspiration to start following your own dreams today.


  • Reply September 15, 2014


    whooaa very inspiring journey indeed!

  • Reply May 3, 2014

    midhun mylat

    LOVE that video Jamie..keep moving
    And do come to India :)

  • Reply May 1, 2014

    Joao Oliveira

    Hey. Inspiring movies :) Keep on the road and enjoy it !

    Can you tell us the name of the song you used for this movie?

    cheers and keep spreading your love

    • Reply May 7, 2014


      Glad you like them. The song in this video is “Requiem for a Fish” by The Freak Fandango Orchestra. You can download it for free and use it under a Creative Commons license from here.

  • Reply March 19, 2014

    Raul (@ilivetotravel)


  • Reply November 17, 2013

    Alessandra Bisi

    How long have you been travelling for Jamie? And how old are you? How much money did you have on you when you started? I’m sure your pretty and innocent face has helped you out in your means… :-P Alex

    • Reply November 19, 2013


      26. My childlike face definitely helps!

  • Reply August 4, 2013

    Phạm Xuân Dương

    A suprising and great video! I really love ur no – plans – just – life journey. Hope u will come to visit Vietnam and other Asian countries in the near future.

  • Reply July 25, 2013

    Eleonora Oliveira

    Learned about your blog and saw the video in Istanbul – now addicted to it! Are you visiting Brazil any time soon?

    • Reply July 25, 2013


      I would love to! But no plans for it just yet.

  • Reply July 16, 2013

    Tim Moon

    Dude, that is so cool! I would love to do something like that. Maybe after my year in Korea is up. I can’t wait to hear about your next big adventure.

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  • Reply June 28, 2013


    Hi Jamie. Drop by the Phlippines when you get the chance to visit Asia. Awesome life by the way.

    • Reply July 4, 2013


      Give me about eight months and I might be there.

  • Reply May 22, 2013


    Great video Jamie!

    Question, when you make a time lapse video like this what editing software do you use?


    • Reply May 22, 2013


      Thanks. I used Quick Time Pro. Cost about $25 and isn’t good for much other than compiling time lapses. You could also use something free like iMovie and then put the photos to appear for a fraction of a second. This gives you less control and requires a faster computer however.

      • Reply May 24, 2013


        Sweet! I’m interested in making something similar, however, I’ve yet to experiment. When you take the picture, assuming that you’re holding the camera, how do you keep you face positioned so steady, making it as though your face never moved but the background did? Also, did you manually push the capture or did you have it automatically set for a certain number of seconds? Thanks Jamie, I appreciate the advice!

        • Reply May 26, 2013


          Arms locked and hold the camera level with you eyes. Press the shutter yourself and then adjust with photoshop by aligning the pupils. The better you do the first two points, the less moving / resizing you will have to do!

        • Reply August 5, 2013

          Tim M

          Hey guys, if you have an iPhone (possibly Android too) there’s an app called Time Lapse that lets you create time lapse vids easily. Just be sure to use a tripod or set your phone somewhere stable.

          Or get a GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition (this is what I use), which has a time lapse function built in. It’s really easy to use and their free software lets you create the videos.

  • Reply May 15, 2013

    Halim Santoso

    Hey Jamie… I like your video so much. Awesome and so inspiring!
    Say hi from Indonesia :-)

    • Reply May 18, 2013


      Thanks. Indonesia… can’t wait to come there one day. Hopefully in a little sail boat.

  • Reply May 7, 2013

    Colleen Brynn

    Cool video! I’m sure I’m not alone when I say this… the dragonfly was my favourite part!

    • Reply May 7, 2013


      Thanks. I wonder if the passing drivers noticed the dragonfly on my face.

  • Reply May 6, 2013

    M. Cheung

    “I’m homeless and unemployed. But very happy.” COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!! LOVE IT!!!!! :-D my goodness, i could only do it for four months and i am finding out ‘how’ i can do it indefinitely.

    • Reply May 6, 2013


      Impossible is nothing. Good luck!

  • Reply May 6, 2013


    Love the video! You’re so serious even with your face painted! I don’t think I ever get tired of traveling around Europe. There is so much to see and so many cultural differences in a relatively compact area.

    • Reply May 6, 2013


      That’s very true. I don’t think anywhere else in the world has so much packed into such a small space.

  • Reply May 5, 2013


    Jamie Congratulations!!!!

    • Reply May 6, 2013


      Thanks Pawel. And thank-you more for being a great part of it.

  • Reply May 2, 2013

    Erin Bender

    That was really cool! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply March 23, 2013


    Hey Jamie,

    I watched your videos ! I love them ! You are getting really active on your website and on the media contents lately. You have my admiration ! I’m getting a little bit lazy those days about posting stories. Your video gave me some of your peps !
    Hugs to you both :)

  • Reply March 20, 2013


    Loved it man, I am in same kind of mood – in Asia now, but that turned out to be a bad memory, anyway let me when you done with your writing. all the best!!

    • Reply March 21, 2013


      Thanks. In Asia, I only tried hitchhiking once in Japan. Sorry for your bad memories, I hope they improve. The writing is in slow progress. It’ll get there soon (ish).

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