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What it means to Live a Life by Experience What it means to Live a Life by Experience
In my Travel book The Freedom Project I introduced the concept of Experience Value which I’ve used extensively in my travels. The reason I... What it means to Live a Life by Experience

In my Travel book The Freedom Project I introduced the concept of Experience Value which I’ve used extensively in my travels. The reason I travel is to undergo a certain experience, whether it’s just to smell or taste a different culture, to swim with dolphins or just sit on the beach for the day. Travel brings all sorts of interesting experiences I couldn’t have had when I stayed at home on the couch in front of my TV. I could have watched a documentary on dolphins, but I wouldn’t have been able to feel the sensation of one pulling me through Caribbean ocean water.

Experience value is something I take home with me as a mental souvenir from any trip I go on. Experience Value transcends financial value, and sometimes I’d rather spend a little more money if that allows me to undergo a certain experience. Flying a helicopter over Manhattan became a bit more complicated (and expensive) after 9/11, but was worth every penny. Experience Value also means I’d rather not do certain things while I’m traveling. The experience I might have when I’m staying at a very cheap hotel in a bad neighborhood is not one I’m particularly interested in anymore.

The right Experience Value almost direcly translates to a higher level of happiness. Working through the items on my bucket list gives me an experience of joy while doing what I love. When I can experience joy and happiness while travelling by focusing on maximizing my experience value, I wanted to find a way to accomplish that at home as well. What I’m after is to live every day of my life in a way that allows me to take the maximum Experience Value out that day. The lifestyle of living by experience goes beyond the popular “doing one thing a day that scares you”: I wanted to incorporate the principle of Experience Value into my life permanently, and on a much deeper level. It’s why I do the work I do, and why I made this blog. Because if I can do it, so can you. So the real question is: what are you going to do today that excites you and contributes to the goals in your life?

Bon voyage!

Learn how to fly for free in The Freedom Project

Wilko van de Kamp Author

WILKO VAN DE KAMP is the author of #1 international best seller The Freedom Project and several other books and e-books. He's also an award-winning photographic artist, and professional world traveler. His inspiration comes from traveling all over the world. He calls the Canadian Rocky Mountains his home, and the rest of the world his office. He has been capturing our wonderful planet, and it's beautiful inhabitants, for more than half his life. Wilko has spent his life traveling the world to capture awe-inspiring images for those who wouldn't see them otherwise, and to inspire others to embark on their journey of a lifetime. Through his art, writing and appearances as a keynote speaker he enjoys sharing his colorful experiences with the world.