My name is Chris ‘Tarzan’ Clemens, and no, that’s not my real name, I picked up ‘Tarzan’ while hiking the Appalachian Trail.
I’m just a small-town kid from Indiana who ended up in California as a promising young professional. After 6 years in the corporate world I gave it all up to hike the AT, got addicted to ultra-endurance challenges, donated most of my stuff to live in a van, and built up a freelance marketing income to hit the road.
Since 2015 I’ve been traveling full-time, chasing summer from the northern to southern hemispheres and in the tropics backpacking, bicycle touring, on motorbikes, and in campervans. I fund my itinerant lifestyle with freelance marketing services, including web design, SEO, social media management, and more.
Always be yourself. Strive for excellence, even while others around you are satisfied with mediocrity. Perfection is an unattainable, yet worthy endeavor. Accept challenges as opportunities, for without opportunities you have no room for growth. Be happy, it takes too much effort to be sad. An enemy is easy to make but true friends are hard find. Integrity is the highest virtue that one can hold. The second highest is being a gentleman. Formal education is merely a prep course for life, continue to learn and grow beyond school. Don’t be afraid to be alone, for solitude is a true statement of self. Only when you can be your own full self can you give your entire self to someone else. Visit home often. Believe in something, especially yourself. Embrace change. A simple smile can make someone’s day. Your own smile can make your own day. Do not be afraid of death, for if you have lived your life to the fullest you will be prepared for it. Your past is a solid foundation, build upon it in the present to reach your future. This is your only life, when you are done here leave the world a better place and take with you no regrets.
– Christopher J Clemens, 2006