There is no return to normalcy after that.

This sentence sums up my life since that day 6 years ago – has it been that long? – when I quit my job to move to Europe and study for 2 years as a scholar of the European Commission. I wanted to chase and live my dreams.

Many dreams have happened between then and now and it has been a hella fun and scary rollercoaster ride.

There really is no return to normalcy after that. Goodbye corporate cubicle. Goodbye home for the last 2 decades. See you sometime family and friends. See you never officemates.

Hello new life. Hello new country. Hello new adventures. Hello European boys. Hello dreams unfolding right before my eyes.



There is no return to mediocrity after that. Everyday is a learning experience. The world is truly your classroom. Everyday is an uncomfortable confrontation with your true self, slowly coming out and taking shape. It will be difficult. It could break you. Cry. It’s okay. But once you survive it, you will be strong and confident and you can take over the world. Everyday is a discovery of surprising slices of your self you pick up on the way. Embrace them.


There is no return to familiar after that
. Nothing will ever be. You will be a different man. And you will realize your problems are so petty, your insecurities are so inane, and your dreams are so beautiful you have to make them all happen.



Because what is normal anyway? Because who wants to return to those anyway when you can have the most exciting and most fabulous life you have ever dreamed of?

See you on the road my friends.


DJ Yabis is the poster boy of Dream Euro Trip and a modern day renaissance man. Originally from the Philippines, he loves throwing dinner parties and stalking rock stars in music festivals. Subscribe or follow his adventures LIVE on Facebook or Instagram. Learn how to plan your own eurotrip.

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  1. Alexis July 27, 2015 at 10:43 AM #

    Beautiful photos!!

  2. JB & Renee July 24, 2015 at 9:13 PM #

    I’ve read that traveling the world in your 20s will “ruin” you for life. I’m guessing you agree? 🙂

    Congratulations on living your dream DJ. My wife and I are in our 40s and we’re on the cusp of living ours. I guess life really does begin at 40. 🙂

    • DJ Yabis July 24, 2015 at 9:21 PM #

      I don’t agree haha. I think 20’s is the best time to travel the world to give you perspective in life and a deeper understanding of how the world works.

      I also think that life begins when you begin to live it fully regardless of how old you are. Good luck living yours! It’s never too late 😀

      • JB & Renee July 24, 2015 at 9:32 PM #

        Hahaha that’s why I put “ruin” in quotation marks. I think the writer meant the same as you. After living your dreams and being exposed to so much of the world so early, how can you possibly return to a normal 9-to-5 life? You can’t. Which is just fine. 🙂

        Hope to meet you on the road someday DJ! We’re fans. 🙂

        • DJ Yabis July 24, 2015 at 9:39 PM #

          Just teasing 😀 Aww thanks. Let me know if you ever see me near you on social media. Always happy to meet for food 😀

  3. ToGusDS July 24, 2015 at 8:39 AM #

    Do you wants us to hate you? hahaha It’s just amazing dude!!!

    • DJ Yabis July 24, 2015 at 8:40 AM #

      No. I want you to love me! 😀 Yes, life is amazing!

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