Things He Learned On His Journey Around The World

Felix Starck had what he calls a “perfect life.” As a recent college grad, he had a degree, a job lined up and a girlfriend and family, all comfortably situated in his German hometown.

He also had a serious case of wanderlust.

The 24-year-old began a mission to bike around the world for 365 days. In one year, he pedaled to 22 countries, on four continents, over about 11,184 miles. The ride wasn’t without downfalls: His travel partner quit on him. He was overcome with pneumonia and robbed. His grandfather died while he was gone.

Yet Felix says he wouldn’t change a thing. Here’s what he learned, as told to Huffington Post Travel. (Starck’s correspondence has been edited and condensed for clarity.)

It’s better to have a few intense experiences than many superficial ones.

It wasn’t easy to accept, but this is one of the most important things I learned on my journey around the world. Clearly, there is a tremendous amount to see on our beautiful planet, but you just cannot visit all of it -– especially not on a bicycle. If there was a lovely waterfall 200 kilometers north of my route, it meant almost a week’s detour. Therefore, I focused on the places I came across and just enjoyed them more intensely.

Traveling solo doesn’t mean you’re lonely.

This trip was planned as a team and turned out as a solo project, which was actually for the best. Although I was traveling “solo,” I spent only a handful of days alone because it is so easy to meet new people. Whether they were other travelers or locals, it didn’t really matter. It is definitely easier to get in touch with people while traveling solo, because you have to. If you don’t, your trip won’t be fun at all.

Don’t ask — eat!

I cannot believe how picky I was in the beginning when it came to food: no cheese and no tomatoes (except on pizza), and no olives… the list was endless! In some countries, English is not spoken at all, and if you just point to a dish in the menu, it can sometimes turn out wrong. But there is also a chance the opposite will happen, and it will become your new favorite meal!

A sense of direction can be learned.

It’s incredible how fast you get around in cities without a map. There’s a book which says to explore the city like this: walk alternating left and right until you can’t go further. I’ve tried it, and I explored half a city. The sun also serves as a navigation device when you’re on a lonely dirt road.

Life begins outside your comfort zone.

The days after I left home were probably the toughest of my life. I never thought this would be so difficult for me. I left behind my perfect life, and the feeling was incredibly debilitating during those first days. Thoughts of quitting were ubiquitous. My brother, who accompanied me at the beginning of the trip, encouraged me to persevere. Together we came up with motivational games: How long can I ride on the side strip of the road? Can I make it over the bridge before the song ends? It helped immensely. I’m so happy that I kept going, because this trip made me stronger.

When you’re tired, you can sleep anywhere.

At first it was a huge adventure to camp in a meadow. I could be caught, and then what? But you lose this aversion after a few days, and it almost doesn’t matter anymore where you spend the night. When I reached a certain point of fatigue, I just took my mat and sleeping bag and camped in a park. Reasonable? Probably not, but I haven’t had any bad experiences at all. Of course I still prefer a hostel or even a campground, but any port works in a storm!

Let the virtual world go!

What probably held me back in the beginning was the fact that I was in constant contact with Germany on social media. Friends at home are online, and you can be online as well thanks to your phone — almost 24/7! Your old familiar life feels so close, and yet you know you’ll be missing it for a long time. After a while I realized I had to stop checking my friends statuses — I was living the dream, so I had better start enjoying it. That helped me to let go.

Meet new people.

After my travel partner left, I gathered all my courage and went on alone. The result? I met countless people whom I will definitely stay in touch with. When you travel alone, it’s easier to meet people.

It’s possible to decrease your standard of living.

At home in Germany, I never worried when I got a cappuccino at my favorite café or bought some new Nikes — it was totally natural. So in the beginning of my trip, it was difficult for me to give up my usual standard of living. At first, I’d go to a café early in the morning and have lunch and dinner in a restaurant. This completely changed after a while, and I survived with minimal costs, but whenever I allowed myself a cappuccino in a fancy café I appreciated it much more!

Appreciate the little things.

Very small moments: an amazing trail, making friends with a street dog, a good coffee! I had times where I was waiting for such a moment for days, and when one came, it was the best day of my life. One day I cycled in the north of Cambodia — it was 110 degrees Fahrenheit in the shade. I was running out of water, and the next city was miles away. Suddenly a truck passed me and stopped. A man got out of the car, gave me a fresh watermelon and some water, smiled and left. These were the moments that kept me going.

Travel is the best university.

I learned more during my trip than in my 14 years of school. Traveling the world and getting to know new cultures and people taught me things that are impossible to learn in school. During my trip I had to use things like economy, sociology, geography and more. Travel isn’t a recognized institution like a university, but it will teach you much more.

Use less planning and more flexibility.

At first I wanted to be on the road for two years, but after a few days I realized planning a trip like that is absolute nonsense. Strangely, you feel much more relaxed if you don’t know where you will be in the coming days! Of course you need a direction in which to go, but I just went where I felt like it, and if I liked it, I stayed for a while. The journey is the reward.

Felix is turning footage from his journey into a documentary titled “Pedal the World.”

Check out the film’s trailer below.

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How To Stay Focused When Working From Home

Pro artists share their top tips for avoiding distractions and remaining in ‘the zone’.

Jessica Tung Lee advises music to focus your mind, catering to your specific mood

With so much going on in your head, sometimes it’s hard to keep 100 per cent concentration while working on an artistic project. Maybe you come across some cool how to draw or Illustrator tutorials, inspiration strikes for future commisions, or perhaps you get engrossed in something else while attempting to finish that client project.

We spoke to top illustrators to see how they keep their project fresh and remain in the zone while working on it – and some of their tips you’d assume were more distracting that focus-fueling! This might seem strange, but background noise can really help you focus, especially when it’s something familiar.

01. Listen to music

Music is a common trick to focus the mind, and many artists swear by it, but it’s hard to tell what kind of melody will help you personally.

“Music keeps me in the zone, but also plays a part in my inspiration and the mood of a painting. If I’m working on a darker piece of art, the music darkens a little too,” explains illustrator, Amanda Makepeace.

“When I’m painting, music is essential for my focus. I pop in my earbuds, tap play on my phone and I’m pulled into the zone. No distractions! I find movie scores and mostly instrumental music the best for my creativity.”

Tawny Fritz also finds music helps, “I have a couple of methods to stay focused. One is to put on some classic rock music and tune the rest of the world out.”

Jessica Tung Lee fits the music to her mood: “If my mind and body are unsettled for some reason, then I will put on music. If I feel I need to be motivated, I listen to rap or rock (like Imagine Dragons, Fort Minor,, etc).

“Sometimes I love pop music like Katy Perry and Beyonce too. If I need to cool down, I listen to soft rock or indie musics (bands and artists like This Will Destroy You, Daughter, Ed Sheeran, God Is An Astronaut, Desert Zhang, Alexi Murdoch, Bon Iver, etc).”

One important trick is to make a playlist – this will stop any distractions, like a track cropping up that you find irritating or having to press the skip button or search for something new.

Heather Ryerson needs a completely different vibe when it comes to playing background sounds: “I’ve got a playlist of my heaviest, awesomest metal. I have a specific mix that I’ve always used during crunch time, so it helps give me a boost when I start flagging on a piece. It’s like ‘RAWR, WE’RE GONNA KICK THIS PAINTING’S ASS, YEAH!’ m/ m/ I can headbang and paint at the same time

02. Netflix can aid, not distract

Iris Compiet always doodles in front of the box, “It depends on my mood and what I’m working on. I usually have Netflix on or a DVD like Storyteller… truth be told Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings are my favorites to work with. I tend to put on films that inspire me.

“Neverending Story, Dark Crystal, Labyrinth… films I’ve seen countless times. From a very young age I drew/painted whilst ‘watching’ tv, I don’t actually watch, I listen!”

Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings are my favorites to work with

Jessica Douglas agrees: “I put on shows that I know by heart, so I don’t get the urge to look up constantly to follow what’s going on. I’d not recommend putting on a new show you’re interested in while you’re working, it will pull from your attention to your work.”

She adds that having a movie on can actually be beneficial for a project: “When I’m working on something that is based on an audiobook or a movie? I put that on while I work on that project.”

Jessica recommends musicals, “I put on Sweeney Todd a lot. And superhero movies, like Guardians of the Galaxy, or Pacific Rim.”

Kristina Carroll says, “I used to think watching shows while I worked kept me at the easel but when did some serious self-analysis realised that most of the time they make me work slower and prevent me staying focused.

“I will only occasionally put on a show when I know I have a lot of time and might just be working on details of a piece. The occasional visual distraction sometimes helps from noodling on one spot too long.”

Kristina believes comfort helps her to keep concentrating: “I have discovered standing keeps me energised and focused better. When sitting I alternate between a ball and chair to keep my back as happy as possible but only do it when I’m really tired. I try to keep my computer and cellphone distant when working if I can as well.”

03. Podcasts can help (and radio)

“Podcasts, audiobooks and Phillip Glass. Phillip Glass is my go to work music,” reveals Christina Wald.

“It depends where I am. Rarely one for silence, I’m usually listening to a podcast like 99% Invisible, Adventures in Design or Make It Then Tell Everybody which tends to help with inspiration when I’m out and about. Then I find a coffee shop and sketch, make notes, whatever feels right,” explains Jamie Roberts.

Iris Compiet enjoys a good Podcast, “I listen to One Fantastic Week (best in town), Creative Trek, Creative Pep Talk, Escape from Illustration Island, Your Dreams My Nightmares and so on. I also listen to Real Ghost Stories podcast, suggested by my friend Patricia. And I am always looking for more ghost stories to listen to!”

Melisa Des Rosiers says that when she’s drawing, particularly inking, podcasts and audio books are the way to go. She’s tried various other methods, like timers – but these tend to distract her as she is constantly thinking about the timer ticking away.

“The story keeps me focused on working because I don’t want to get distracted from what I’m listening to, at the earlier stages in my workflow it’s very easy for me to listen to stories and draw.

“Lately I’ve been catching up on Welcome to Night Vale since I’m super late to the game. Others I listen to are: This American Life, Coast to Coast AM, Serial, Anything Ghost.”

The story keeps me focused on working because I don’t want to get distracted from what I’m listening to

Jessica Tung Lee contrastingly adds, “Podcasts surprisingly do more distraction for me often of time because I can’t help but want to pay attention to the content.”

Louisa Gallie agrees, “Personally I can’t do podcasts,” she admits, “and definitely can’t listen to new shows as I zone out and don’t hear a word. But I do like putting on old favourites sometimes, like Labyrinth, Star Wars or Jurassic Park, that I’ve seen a hundred times and can just listen to.”

04. Background noise helps concentration

“I use distraction to keep me focused!” reveals illustrator and author Jo Blakely, “I work best at a coffee shop. I like the ambient noise, the sense of not being alone or isolated, and a ready supply of good coffee. I find I can’t listen to music or anything else when I work – even at the coffee shop, I put on headphones just to help block out their music.”

I use distraction to keep me focused!

Concept artist, Louisa Gallie likes a background sound, “A Soft Mumur is my favourite for creating non-distracting background noise. I usually listen to music but it’s very mood-dependant and I get bored/fussy easily (though I recently jumped on the Spotify train and I love being able to find random playlists for concentration, focus, or getting pumped up & energetic). But sometimes I just need quiet and a fake crackling fire in the background!

Jessica Tung Lee also recommends sounds rather than melody, citing Simply Rain as a great resource.

However, Rhonda Libbey says, “Classical radio is good because I dont have to pick the play list and theres minimal talking. I’m pretty sure ambient sounds wouldn’t work for me though, nothing to keep me in the chair I think.”

05. Enjoy the silence (sometimes)

Jessica Tung Lee says that sometimes she likes to work in silence. “Sometimes when I have this great energy flow, I actually want the surrounding as silent as possible. I will put on my earbuds WITHOUT any music playing.

“I simply want to create an illusion of being blocked from the rest of the world – it helps me so dramatically and nobody really understands why! As long as I have my earbuds on, I feel I am in this secure art bubble and I can do things my way. This usually works especially well after a good referencing or researching exercise.

“However, weirdly enough, I don’t want the surrounding to be actually silent either. This method works best when there are people actually talking in the background. I guess that the real trick is the contrast created between the awareness of the earbuds and the background noises.”

Jamie Roberts reveals his at home routine: “I alternate between music (often the band or artist I’m working with) and films I’ve seen before, so I don’t get tempted to stop and watch. Anything by Tarantino or John Carpenter is a perfect background movie for those long shifts just getting the mechanical stuff done!”

Though the best feeling, he admits, “is when the movie or playlist ends, and you don’t even realise you’re working in silence because you’re just 100 per cent about the work at that point.”

06. Keep like-minded company

Another trick, according to illustrator Tawny Fritz, is to have some low-maintenance company in the form of online pals: “I call upon some other freelance artist friends to get in a Google Hangouts and chat while we work. A lot of people can’t stay focused that way, but it keeps me from wandering off!”

“Sometimes I just don’t like being alone,” admits Jessica Douglas, “so I sit in a skype call with my friend who likes to play games that I am too jumpy and jittery to play.

Getting out of the house and interacting with live people really helps my focus

“He screen shares and basically keeps up a running dialogue of what the plot is and what’s going on while I work. I generally don’t look up because scary things are scary, but I like hearing my friend babble without requiring me to give intelligent responses.”

Jessica adds, “Sometimes what I’m working on also has a section that I can do a quick lesson on, so I’ll have a student over practicing the technique I’m using to keep me motivated.”

“I’ve been planning outings with other fellow local artists – meet/draw over coffee or, like tomorrow, meet/draw at the Farmers Market,” reveals Patricia Smith. “Plus, I host a Drink and Draw once a month. Getting me out of the house and interacting with live people has really helped my focus.”

07. Keep upping your game with an audience

Jessica Douglas uses livestreaming to stay in the zone, “I put on my favorite music on autoplay so that doesn’t distract me (for people who play youtube videos, just make a playlist so you aren’t constantly stopping to pick your next music).

“I don’t respond a whole lot, but if my viewers are chit chatty then I’ll turn on the mic so I can answer while I paint. The interested viewrs keep me on task (since they lose interest and leave if I am not painting), and seeing my own work up on the screen while I’m working on it, gives me a different perspective to consider lighting and composition etc.”

08. Plan your distractions

“It helps me to actually plan time for distractions,” says Winona Nelson. “I use a break timer called WorkRave, and when my break alarm goes off I go one or two things that would be distractions – chores, errands, snacks/meals, replying to texts, whatever – I assign a task that will take 10 minutes usually, or take an hour for meals.

“Then when the task is done I go back to work knowing I will have another break in 45 minutes. The short time frame allows me to focus, be it on my task during my break, or on my work during my work stretch.

I contact a friend with similar focus challenges, and we do a 15 minute blitz and then report progress to each other

“On days I really don’t want to work, I contact a friend with similar focus challenges, and we do a 15 minute blitz and then report progress to each other. Usually one or two of those is enough to get back to my normal routine of work then break.

“I can be extremely focused and get a full day’s work done in 4-6 hours this way, then switch mediums and do traditional work if I’ve been doing digital, or vice verse. So I get a good amount of personal work time in as well!”

Angela Sasser uses the same technique, “I usually use those 10 minute breaks to do some yoga, use the mini cycle I bought, get the mail, or go clean up around the apartment a bit.”

09. And if all else fails, there’s an app for that

“The stayfocusd add-on for Chrome has been a life saver. You can tell it to block specific websites during certain times of days OR tell it to block you after you’ve spent a certain amount of time on specific sites. It keeps me from getting caught in the social media trap!” offers Angela Sasser.

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Showing My New Sewing Room

I am so glad you are here and I hope you enjoy my little tour of my new sewing room. To see the before pictures, you can visit here:

The most important spot in my room is this chair. It’s a place for my friends and family to comfortably sit when they come for a visit. The arms of the chair are looking very worn. I need to make something to cover them up and make them look pretty.

My scraps, sorted by color, are in the bins with the blue lids. The other bins hold my fat quarters and half yards. I keep my yardage folded and stacked using this method by Happy Zombie.

On the other side of the wire shelf, I have a small peg board (that needs painted, but I was in a hurry to get things set up) that holds my most used tools and smaller rulers. I simply zip tied it to the shelf. I love zip ties! ‘S’ hooks are for my purchased patterns.

The tool chest holds my needles, bobbins and other various small sewing supplies. I purchased it at Harbor Freight.

One of my very favorite things is my cutting table. It was once a very ugly desk that I found at the Salvation Army for $1. You can see pictures of its transformation here and here.

Under the desk has great storage. I keep my Viking sewing machine there so it’s handy for those times when I need her. My former sewing room had a closet to store things, so finding a new place to put those things was a challenge. These plastic bins are an example. They hold my “special fabric” and used to live on a shelf in the closet. They found their new home under the desk so I can still access them easily.

New shelves! I lost a tall wire shelf in the move and I needed a place for my books, my buttons and some pretties. As I adjust to my new place, somethings may get shifted around, but for now, this works.

I love the step stool I found at Goodwill. It gets used a lot so I can reach things on the tall shelves.

The tall cupboard we originally purchased to add more cupboard space in the kitchen is a great fit in my room and holds my precuts perfectly.

The ironing board is my extra table I use when quilting a larger quilt. I set it up on the left side of my table to hold the extra weight of the quilt while I am working on it.

Ohhh…This is another one of my very favorite things. My pink kitchen cabinet pressing station. I begged the owner to sell it to me. It’s true…You can read about it here, here and here.

I found the area rug at Menard’s for $17. I found fatigue mats on clearance that I placed under the rug. They make a world of difference when standing for long periods of time.

More shelving. I think I have enough room to store stuff now. 😉

My first baby doll. My mom always said I loved the hair right off of her. She has a very silly name. Ready? Santa Claus Doll. Why? Because Santa gave her to me. It made sense to a me when I was 3 years old. =)

Moving on, the sewing table and my beloved Juki. Love this machine!

My office area. My one goal for this room was for me to have my sewing table so I could see outside and have my computer placed where I could watch Netflix while I worked. I am so glad we were able to get it worked out to be able to do that.

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Camper’s RV Hacks

1. Shoe Rack Bed Storage
Beds are a great place for added storage. Basically take a shoe holder, cut it as shown, and wire it with heavy cord. It is sturdy enough to hold all of your shoes around your bed frame.

2. Shoe Rack Shower Storage
RVs have the tendency to be low on extra space, shoe racks are always great ways to create instant organized storage. Hang one over your shower curtain rod for extra bath storage.

3. DIY Travel Cup
It never fails, something gets spilled. An easy way to minimize the disaster area is Press’n Seal Wrap. It works with most cups and saves many headaches.

4. PVC Pipe Hammock
Who doesn’t love a hammock! After you’re parked be sure to put together a hammock for kids and big kids to enjoy. It can even double as an extra bed! It required 2 inch PVC Pipe for the main span and 1.5 in for the cross pieces. Sleeves were sewn in the fabric and the PVC was slipped through and connected together. Then ran rope through the long pieces and through a hole in 1.5 in pieces that are used to prevent the rope from slipping back through the door closure. You can store it in the pop top gap up top when not in use.

5. Command Hook Curtains
Need a temporary curtain to create separation in your RV, don’t want to drill holes into the frame, or simply want a super easy way to hang curtains. Use command hooks to hold up your curtain rod!

6. DIY Tank Cleaner
Toilets are always dreaded to clean, especially RV ones. An easy fix is a cup of Borax detergent and 1/2 cup of Calgone Water Softener. The Borax helps control odor and the water softener prevents waste from sticking to the walls of the waste tank. Be nice to your RV bathroom and keep your tank clean.

7. Dry Erase Board Use
Dry erase boards come in handy for many uses but they can help with safety concerns as well. Keep one in the RV to write down the name of the campground, address, spot number, phone number of the campground, and any other useful information about the site you may want to be nearby in case of an accident or emergency.

8. Getting Better Wi-Fi Signal
Wi-Fi is a given at most campsites now, but sometimes it can be hard to get a good signal. The easiest way to boost the signal is a simple $20 fix, a Wi-Fi Reception Booster.

9. Collapsible Garbage Can
RV’s are low on storage, a large trashcan is difficult to travel with. However, using a collapsible laundry basket makes a perfect impromptu trash can that stores away easily.

10. Space Saving Containers
Square containers use space more efficiently than the round containers many items come in, they piece together better, and don’t move around as easily while in transit!

11. Tissue Box Container
Tissue Boxes get tossed around, sat on, and wet until they become unusable. A simple Tupperware container can help to fix these problems. Cut a slot into the container and place the tissue box in it and it becomes a water proof box you won’t easily squish.

12. Black Out Curtain Trick
Black out curtains are one of the best investments for RVing. After a long drive sometimes you just need to go to bed and the sun doesn’t always cooperate with when you would like to sleep. A great trick is to Velcro the blackout curtains to some nice curtains you like, so you get the best of both worlds without the hassle of putting up more curtain rods.

13. Prevent Heat Loss
These Vent Cushions help to keep your RV insulated, they are inexpensive, and work great with deeper vents. Click Here to buy one.

14. DIY Awning Track Hanger
Make your own awning with a paracord! Each one you make will need 10 inches of paracord (ends melted), 1 inch of 1/4 inch rigid aluminum tubing, one M10 washer. Get directions here.

15. Mount Electrical Adapters
Be sure you have all of your cords, adapters, and wires mounted and organized. It makes life easier when you are able to find your cords as you roll into your campsite late at night and need something.

16. Pinesol Keeps Away Flies
Dilute it with water to create a 50/50 solution and wipe down your counters, tables, and awnings with it. Read more about this magical solution here.

17. String Light Hangers
Use these badge holder clips or paper clips to hang lights or decorations on your awning.

18. Bubble Wrap Insulation
For those chilly winter months a campfire is great but inside your RV is a different story! An easy temporary solution is Bubble Wrap insulation. Get easy directions here.

19. Syringe to Fix Wood Veneer
Warped and peeling veneer wood is an all too common problem, click here to get more information on how to use the syringe to fix your RV’s veneer imperfections.

20. Easy Scrambled Eggs
Eggs are a staple breakfast that everyone loves. To create this easy meal while camping the easiest thing to do it break them into a bottle with a lid (i.e. a water bottle, creamer bottle, etc). Add a little milk (optional) and shake it before pouring it into the pan to cook. It’ll save a bowl, wisp, and it recycles a bottle!

21. DIY Floor Update on a Budget
Everyone wants hardwood in their homes now, it’s no different with a motor home. These vinyl tiles aren’t your grandmothers laminate. They are inexpensive, easy to cut, pre-glued, water resistant, and look amazing installed!

22. Line the Shelves with Non-Slip Liner
Be sure to line all of your shelves with non-slip liner. It will keep your cabinets from becoming a dishware graveyard on those bumpy road trips.

23. Add Glow in the Dark Tape to Walk Ways
We all have the family member that WILL fall over something. At least try to help them when it is dark. Try to highlight steps, split levels, or anything in your RV someone could trip over with glow in the dark, or neon colored tape.

24. Save the Condiments
Free condiments are amazing! Keep them in a small container to save coveted real estate in the refrigerator. It not only saves money but it saves space!

25. Wasp Repellent
No one wants to mess with a wasp nest but they are attracted to the smell and taste of propane. A simple solution is to use a dog flea collar. Cut up a few and place them in the different compartments of your RV that may attract these pesky insects.

26. Place a Foam Noodle Over Awning Brace
An inexpensive easy solution for no more bumped heads as you walk around the RV.

27. Food Container Wastebasket
The RV is filled with nooks and crannies that a large trash cant fit into easily. Those dry food containers are the perfect size to place around the RV to help keep it clean!

28. Drying Clothes
Washing and drying clothes can be hard, and it gets expensive when traveling in an RV. A simple solution is to put a rack in the bathtub to at least cut down on drying costs. Just be sure your rod is secure in case you’re still drying while driving.

29. Anti-Fatigue Floor Mats Increase Comfort and Insulation
These squares a perfect RV hack for functionality and cost. You can buy 6 for around $20.

30. Spray Paint Dingy Parts
Spray paint is an inexpensive, quick, and easy update for anything on your RV. Help it look 10 years younger with this fix.

31. Wine Bottle Sleeves
These plastic sleeves are a great solution for when your glass bottles are knocking around in the cabinets. They are a great way to keep those expensive bottles from breaking on the road. You can get them here.

32. Easy Reupholstering Method
It’s as easy as wrapping a present, get full directions here.

33. Suction Cup Kid’s Caddies
Kids make messes, it is a way of life. However, we can attempt to organize them with these caddies that suction to the car windows. It provides them a good place to put the toys, markers, and hair things when they clean up.

34. Towel Rod Product Holder
Bath products never stay in one place while driving, use this simple hack to create a holder for all of your sink necessities!

35. Easy Washing Station
Create an easy washing station, all you need is a bar of soap placed in a leg of panty hose and tied around a water spigot. It will make cleaning up more convenient and your RV much cleaner.

36. Mice Repellent
Irish Spring is actually a mice repellent. Not convinced read this testimonial.

37. Ikea Light Hack
Lighting can be scarce and outdated in some RVs, get a sleek look with lights from Ikea.

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He’s Not Sitting For A Whole Month

Note: We actually did allow Dan Kois to sit down when driving. Do not attempt this maneuver yourself.

Are you sitting down?

Nice knowin’ ya! If you sit down more than 11 hours a day, one study suggests, you’re 40 percent more likely to die in the next three years than I am. I’m standing up. I’ve been standing up all day. I’ll be standing up all month, in fact, without a break. I expect at the end of that month I’ll be sore but triumphant, glowing with smug enlightenment.

Reading the research, I’ve become convinced that sitting around all day is the worst thing I do to my body—that, like smoking, plopping down on our collective ass makes us profoundly likelier to die earlier. The effects have nothing to do with regular exercise; indeed, it seems that being sedentary when you’re not exercising eliminates many of its benefits. Sitting all day lowers your good cholesterol and raises your risk of diabetes. Sitting down, you burn a single measly calorie each minute.

And so a growing cadre of lean, mean, self-satisfied office workers are exploring standing or even walking on a treadmill at work. They’re trying to maximize their vigor, and also the tiny muscle movements that standing fosters—weight-shifting, stretching, walking around. Sitters, meanwhile, are basically already corpses: Their “muscles go as silent as those of a dead horse,” a researcher memorably told The New York Times Magazine.

If sitting at work is terrible for me, shouldn’t I stop? And if I do, shouldn’t I stop sitting everywhere? I decided to spend a month on my feet: 30 days never being a couch potato, an office slug, a sitting duck. The exceptions, agreed upon with my editor: I would sit to drive (but would strive to take the train); I would sit when nature called. I would also sit to put my shoes on, I decided this morning after falling over trying to put on my shoes. I would lie down to sleep, although I surely wouldn’t need sleep, given that I’d be so healthy.

I ordered insoles and an anti-fatigue mat and doohickeys to transform my office and home desks into standing workstations. I strapped on a fitness tracker to measure my activity. And I woke up this first morning ready to stand in the place where I live, and stand in the place where I work. My feet are going to be on the ground—ah, shit, do my feet ever hurt.

The Tally of Woe:

Total miles walked.

Average number of steps per day. (Before the month of standing: 3,284.)

Total steps taken in April.


My Standing Diary

April 1

9:00 My standing desk hasn’t arrived, so I’ve set my laptop on the kitchen counter atop Gary Larson’s four-inch-thick collection, The Complete Far Side 1980–1994.

9:13 Confident! My wife walks past and says, “You seem impressive.” I feel impressive! These new cross-trainers I’m wearing definitely give me better arch support than most of my shoes.

10:02 I’m already shifting from foot to foot to ease pressure on my back. I bend way over and my vertebrae crackle ominously. Perhaps a stool, upon which the heroic stander may rest one foot while the other bears the load, is in order?

11:24 Time for a short walk. My calves ache, as if standing for three hours is more exercise than I get in one typically slovenly, indolent day. After my walk, I check my fitness stats—I’ve already taken almost as many steps as I did on a typical day last week, and I’ve been up for only three and a half hours.

12:45 Lunch at the counter. Spill mayonnaise on my shirt.

2:41 Definitely having trouble getting work done. The idea of opening up a new document to edit feels crushing, as though each task I take on carries with it the additional burden of standing the whole time. But hey, it’s the first day! I’ll get used to this.

4:02 Made it! Walking to bus stop. Walking feels way better than just standing.

6:00 Lie down in bed for just a second to rest my eyes and fall instantly asleep even though both my kids are shouting at the tops of their lungs in the next room.

7:30 Dinner. The family eats at the table; I eat at the counter. My younger daughter, H., cannot believe what I am doing. She takes my hand and leads me to a chair, as if perhaps I have forgotten we own it. “But why are you not allowed to sit down?” she asks. “Because it’s healthier,” I say. “And a man at a magazine is paying me money.”

8:50 Tennis with a friend. Usually we are very competitive; today I barely avoid getting bageled. Driving to and from the court is a real treat, though.

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The Wurf Board

It seems like you can’t enter an office without seeing at least one or two standing desks around.

Research shows that for people who work in offices, switching between sitting and standing during the day has health benefits. But as anyone who has used a standing desk knows, motionless standing can also cause stiffness in one’s feet, lower back and neck.

Enter Wurf Board, an adjustable air-spring surface for standing desks. The flat surface of the board shifts under your weight to provide a cushion under you and prevent soreness. At the time of writing, its Kickstarter page — which has a goal of raising $100,000 by Jan. 4 — had almost $9,000 pledged.

Mark Publicover, Wurf Board’s creator, told Mashable that the product aims to keep people moving by engaging their body throughout the day — or at least, while they’re standing on it.

Publicover, CEO of the trampoline company JumpSport,developed the idea for the Wurf Board shortly after the company purchased standing desks for his the office.

“[People] complained they could not stand long on the hard floor, so we offered anti-fatigue mats,” Publicover said. “As I began thinking about these problems, I noticed my heels were sinking into the mat, causing my knees to lock, which quickly made my legs feel stiffer and negatively impacted my posture. […] It dawned on me that anti-fatigue mats are always used where people are consistently moving around and not standing still, like we do now at standing desks.”

Publicover first wanted to make a trampoline-like surface, but reworked his plan to reflect the curved, flexible edges of surfboards, which would allow the person on it to manipulate the board with his or her feet.

Fourteen prototypes later, Wurf Board was born — an adjustable platform that can be firm and supportive or soft and springy.

The lightweight board, which rises two inches off the ground, is made from drop-stitch PVC, the same material used to construct inflatable standup paddle boards. It can be moved around by your feet, but grips the floor so users won’t slip around, Publicover says.

“We had to reengineer the material in order to improve its strength and durability for the many years of use and abuse we expect it will receive as a standing mat in an office setting and as an at-desk exercise platform,” Publicover says. “In fact, the material and fabrication process is more than four times the cost of a high end pair of running shoes. Road runners burn through shoes in six months, but our boards need to hold up for years.”

Publicover wanted the Wurf Board to function as a treadmill desk alternative, so his team also developed at-desk exercises and stretches for mini workouts throughout the day, which can help bolster energy and alertness.

The board’s design is similar to that of The Level, a $269 device that was designed to make standing at a desk easier. While both products are designed like surfboards, The Level requires a constant shift of one’s weight to keep balanced.

The Wurf Board is available in three different sizes: small, medium and large. The boards will retail for $190, $230 and $280 respectively. They’ll start shipping in the U.S. in January and internationally in February. Of course, this is added to the already rather high cost of investing in standing desks, which can run for $400 to $500 each.

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The Standing Desk Of Ernest Hemingway

The internet is going through a bit of a thing with standing desks right now, fueled by yesterday’s The Wirecutter article about them. One of the most famous standing desk enthusiasts was Ernest Hemingway.

Hemingway Standing Desk

The introduction of this 1958 Paris Review interview with Hemingway briefly describes Papa’s upright working setup:

A working habit he has had from the beginning, Hemingway stands when he writes. He stands in a pair of his oversized loafers on the worn skin of a lesser kudu — the typewriter and the reading board chest-high opposite him.

Most articles I’ve seen on standing desks recommend anti-fatigue mats to help with foot pain, but of course Hemingway would go with the hide of an African antelope that he likely killed himself.

Other famous users of standing desks included Winston Churchill, Lewis Carroll, Donald Rumsfeld, Charles Dickens, Otto von Bismarck, Henry Clay, Thomas Jefferson, John Dos Passos, and Virginia Woolf.

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