Man Says Work is “Unnatural” and Goes on a Permanent “Vacation” instead 0 189

“I’m not ashamed that I don’t like to work,” a 35-year-old cyclist adventurer told Business Insider two years ago. “It’s just very unnatural.”

Not too unlike Alexander Supertramp, “Ultra Romance” has rejected the capitalist industrialist system he was born into and gone Into the Wild.

He “works” (or plays) as a fishing guide on his dad’s charter boat back home in Connecticut about six months a year and travels the world by bicycle for the rest, living on about $10 a day.

“Benedict” (another name he calls himself for “tax reasons”) is not sure how much money he makes (he refuses to count it), but says he can live comfortably on about $10,000 a year. He keeps most of his cash buried in plastic bags and keeps a bank account only so he can buy and sell bicycle parts on eBay

“I went to college and got the degree and was trying to … do the hustle right out of college,” Benedict told Business Insider. “Then it was like, I gotta get a house, I’m 24, I got all these student loans … Before you know it, things work out and you meet the right girl and you settle down and buy the house and have the mortgage payment and the cars.”

“But ultimately that was not going to be me.”


“I don’t like to work. I like to ride my bike and I like to camp … I’m not going to spend the best years of my life doing something completely meaningless.”

Instead Ultra Romance decided to model his life – in part – after hunter-gatherers, who he says took an average of 9 hours a week to procure everything they needed to live. “The rest was all leisure time,” he said. “This is what’s natural to us.”

“Paperwork and bills don’t work for me,” he said in the interview. “They were a big stressor in my life.”

So he eliminated them. He pieced together a bike and hit the road.

It took Benedict about six years to figure out the right work/play balance to support his ideal lifestyle. He’s not into budgeting, but says as long as there’s money in his bag he knows he “must be doing something right.”

“I don’t think too far into the future,” he says. “I think day by day.”

Benedict likes to “maximize relaxation” when he’s on the road (or trail). “I have no real goal. I just ride. It’s riding, setting up a hammock, taking a siesta, and chilling out.”

He prefers sleeping outside, sleeping indoors for only about two weeks per year.

As a mostly vegetarian nutrition major, Benedict has no problem feeding himself. He loves foraging for berries and “nutrient-dense weeds” and gets whatever he can’t find – including loads of yogurt and dark chocolate – at Whole Foods.

“If I’m near the coast I can get seaweed and crabs,” he said.

Without a mortgage, car payment or other bills, Benedict has been able to bike-tour beautiful landscapes all over the world, from Norway to New Zealand. Sometimes he rides alone, sometimes he rides with friends – old and new.

What inspired the name Ultra Romance remains a mystery. It could be the woman he almost settled down with before he broke free from civilization, the woman he currently wanders with, or his adventurous life in general (including all the women in between).

What is not a mystery is how much fun he is having. All you have to do is scroll through the breath-taking photos on one of his or his girlfriend’s Instagram accounts and look at their smiling faces:




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2 Year Old Travels the World, Inspires Everyone With Her Photos 0 912

Originally, this adventure started out as a bonding experience for little Esme with her mom and dad, a way for them to spend time together in those early months while exposing Esme to the wonders of the world.

Now, little Esme is 2 years old, and the adventure continues! What started out as Karen’s maternity leave has now turned into a lifestyle. Karen– under the name Travel Mad Mom– and Shaun– going by Travel Mad Dad– are still travelling the world with Esme. From Africa to Europe to Asia and more… This little family is covering some major ground, working from the road and sharing their adventures on Instagram. Their photos mostly capture Esme in some seriously gorgeous settings.

Check out their adventure below!

Porto Venere, Cinque Terre, Italy

Paradu Tuscany EcoResort, Italy


Venice, Italy

San Marino

Rome, Italy

Manarola Coast, Italy

London, England

Vinales, Cuba

Varadero, Cuba

Tuscany, Italy

Mayfields Lavender Fields (London)

Paris, France

Chapman’s Peak, South Africa

New Taipei City, Taiwan

Bangkok, Thailand

Siam Reap, Combodia

Via: inspiremore

20+ Great Gift Ideas for Travellers Besides Actual Plane Tickets 0 52829

1. Sticker World Map, Remove the Stickers From the Countries You’ve Been

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2. Scratch Off World Map

Keep track of your travels by scratching off countries you’ve been to with these awesome scratch maps. Available here 

3. Travel Quote Passport Covers

15+ Of The Best Traveler Gift Ideas Besides Actual Plane Tickets - Lord Of The Rings Quote Passport Cover

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4. A Worldwide Travel SIM Card

There is nothing worse than struggling to find a shitty wifi connection in a city you’ve never been before. Fit this international SIM card into your mobile phone and you can stay in touch in over 195 countries world wide.

5. Floating Tree Tent

15+ Of The Best Traveler Gift Ideas Besides Actual Plane Tickets - Floating Tree Tent

Suspended in the air by 3 cables, keeping you safe from wild animals and serial killers, camping doesn’t get much cooler and safer than this.

6. Custom Passport Stamp Phone Case



This custom passport phone case is especially interesting as most countries aren’t stamping passports anymore. Get yours here

7. 100 Places Scratch Off Poster

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8. Wanderlust Travel Watch

Featuring a spinning airplane as the second hand, this watch is a must for alll travel addicts. Available here

9. Travel Journal

Keep track of your travels with a beautiful retro journal available here.

10. Foreign Currency

This is great for travellers that are about to leave home, still in the planning stage. Nothing gets you more excited to travel than a big wad of foreign moola! If you feel like going the easy route, you can read about how to do it online here for free.

11. Word World Map Wall Sticker


Easily decorate your wall with this awesome world world wall sticker! Available here

12. Travel Inspired Tattoos

13. World Map Bed Sheet

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14. Blank Globe, Letting You Color The Countries You’ve Visted

Color in this globe as you travel the world! Available here

15. Adventure Awaits Money Jar

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16. Personalized Travel Milestone Marker

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17. Travel Inspired T-Shirts


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18. Cookies

Making me hungry and want to travel at the same time

19. Travel Patches

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20. Travel Quote Necklace Pendant

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21. Cork Globe

22. World Adapter

One of the main staples for any international travel. Get these here

23. Country Flag Pillow Cases

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24. Custom Stamp Passport Cover

Create a custom passport cover with your favourite stamps here

25. Pack This Checklist

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26. Airbnb Credit

You can find some free Airbnb credit when you (or a friend) signs up here.

27. Custom Airport Departure Board

What better way to keep track of your travels then have your own departure board in your bedroom? Available here

28. Color in Chalkboard Map

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