”I see a vision of a great rucksack revolution thousands or even millions of young Americans wandering around with rucksacks, going up to mountains to pray, making children laugh and old men glad, making young girls happy and old girls happier, all of ’em Zen Lunatics who go about writing poems that happen to appear in their heads for no reason and also by being kind and also by strange unexpected acts keep giving visions of eternal freedom to everybody and to all living creatures …” -Jack Kerouac from The Dharma Bums
Hi. My name is Matt and I’m a Rucksack Revolutionary. When I read The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac for the first time, I decided that was what I want to be. I want to climb mountains. I want to write and pray. I want to make all the people in my life happier. I want to be kind and perform, “…strange unexpected acts…” that, “…keep giving visions of eternal freedom to everybody and to all living creatures…”
That passage sent me on a quest to see the world, and my place in it, differently. I’ve always loved hiking. A few hours in the woods has always done wonders for my soul. I’m also a total pack addict—my collection is quite large. But what spoke to me most was considering minimalism and experience as a gateway to greater understanding and community.
About My Worldview
We live in a very disconnected “connected” world. The rise of cell phones and social media has brought about tremendous opportunity for connection with any tribe we ascribe to, but I don’t feel it’s a stretch to say that most of us feel less connected to those around us than ever before. We have allowed our powers of conversation to stagnate. We have sacrificed personal connection for digital connection. The loss is dramatic.
Before I say anything more, I should clarify that this website is NOT about revolting from digital conversations. I mean, come on, you’re reading this on a device right now. Rather, I hope it sparks an interest in taking those digital relationships—as well as relationships with those around you—offline and to a much deeper place.
I believe that travel is an important part of anyone’s journey and that whether you take a trip across town or across the globe, travel can change people for the better. It is important for me to also inform you that travel will never serve that need unless it is approached from a place of gratitude, foolishness, exploration, and discomfort. By that I mean, travel can only change a person who is looking to change. Travel is not an end, but a means. In other words, the journey outweighs the destination.
About This Blog
My goal, through this blog and it’s Social Media Accounts, products, books, and other content, is to make your travels both more rewarding and fulfilling, while serving to make, “…children laugh and old men glad, making young girls happy and old girls happier…”
We will discuss gear, travel planning (or lack thereof), trips, philosophy, spirituality, and hard learned life lessons from the journey. More than anything else, I want this website to be a conversation hub. Your comments mean the world to me and I do the best to answer them all. A well-worn path is rarely trod alone. Won’t you come along with me as we climb mountains and backpack across Europe, learning along the way that all humanity shares a desire for real face-to-face connection and community?