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We are going to Win

7 Sep

TOURIST: Wael Ghonim

Wael Ghonim - Arab Spring

“We are going to win because we don’t understand politics. We are going to win because we don’t play their dirty games. We are going to win because we don’t have a party political agenda. We are going to win because the tears that come from our eyes actually come from our hearts. We are going to win because we have dreams, and we’re willing to stand up for those dreams.”

10 Lecciones de mi Padre para ser Feliz

1 Aug

TOURIST: Mario Chamorro

10 Lecciones de mi Padre para ser feliz

Hoy quiero hacer un homenaje especial a una persona que sin duda alguna a tenido un gran impacto en mi vida y gracias a quien soy lo que soy el día de hoy. Esta persona es mi padre a quien admiro y quiero con todo mi corazón. Hoy, mi lindo viejito esta cumpliendo 74 años de edad y para festejar su día me gustaría compartir con ustedes Diez Lecciones que he aprendido de este gran hombre que me han traído una gran felicidad.

1. Abraza a la gente de manera sincera y llámalos hermanos aunque no lo sean.

2. Trata de silbar cuando camines hacia tu trabajo en las mañanas.

3. Agradécele a Dios todos los días.

4. Si quieres que la gente te escuche, habla con tu corazón.

5. Cuida a la naturaleza porque ella cuida de nosotros.

6. La siesta es importante y necesaria para estar de buen genio todo el día.

7. Quiere, cuida y respeta a tu mama porque es nuestro mas valioso pequeño/gran tesoro. (mi Madre mide como 1.50)

8. No te fijes en las personas por su manera de vestir. De hecho, trata de no gastar tu dinero en ropa costosa. Mejor viaja o comete algo sabroso.

9. Has amigos en las cocinas. Ellos te darán una porción adicional y de pronto un postresito al final.

10. Procura tener buen humor y no te olvides de ser cariñoso con las personas. Esto te abrirá muchas puertas. Mas de las que te imaginas…

Espero que mi padre me acompañe por muchos años mas para seguir compartiendo este regalo tan bonito que me dio la vida al tener a este loco como papa.

Ditching School to Whistle

14 Jan

TOURIST: Mario Chamorro

Whistling has always been a sound of pure joy for my dad. In fact, when I was a kid, he used to tell me that if I was able to whistle every day while I walked to work, my life would be much happier. Few weeks ago in Atlanta I had the opportunity to meet an awesome new tourist named: Ien Chi. He not only helped me with my happiness initiatives without even knowing me, but also surprised me and my team with his fantastic attitude towards life. In order to follow his passion, Ien dropped school for one year and challenged himself to enter an international whistling competition and make a short documentary film about it. (See below)

Ien is clearly a full-time tourist that reminded me not only to keep dreaming, but acting upon our dreams as well.

Tourist Tip: try unconventional paths to follow your passion, but most importantly, take actions like Ien did!


26 Dec

TOURIST: Mario Chamorro

Wise words by a full-time tourist that triggered a movement on the 50s who celebrated non-conformity and spontaneous creativity called: the Beat Generation.

Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!” -Jack Kerouac

Tourist Tip: read or watch “On the Road.”

Jump Around

23 Dec

TOURIST: Mario Chamorro

Have you bounce on a pogo stick? when I was a kid I tried to do it for a couple of months until I started ruining the floor of my parent’s patio in Pasto. Although my dad wasn’t very happy, I had great memories about the great sensation that I felt when I was bouncing around with a pogo stick.

A few months ago I had the opportunity to became friends with Nick McClintock and Nick Ryan who started a very cool company called Xpogo that is making the world jump around this concept. They had the opportunity to convert their passion into a way of life by developing platforms to empower others with the same love for extreme pogo.

Check out their latest video in NYC. It’s pretty rad!

TOURIST TIP: get on a pogo stick, bounce for 15 minutes and write down how you felt.

10 Deeds before turning 32

4 Oct

Few weeks ago, I decided to run a little experiment by asking friends and strangers to give me 10 challenges to be accomplished in the 10 days leading up to birthday number 32. The response was surprising, as was the support during the entire dare. In 10 days, I finished 9 challenges, and finally today I was able to finish the last one by preparing a delicious meal for a friend.

During the 10 days of the experiment I learned to play chess, to cook, to recite my very first poem in English, to forgive, to give a talk in public in Mexico City, among others. I was also able to play a song in ukulele on the Subway in NYC, to help a friend in need, to see the pyramids in Teotihuacan, to go pear picking in the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, and to have lunch with a fantastic person in need living on the street. All those things in only 10 days!

My good friend Gregorio Uribe always tells me that we have to do things that scare us. By doing these challenges I realize once again that there is a humongous world of experiences and people in front of us waiting to be explored. Being out of the comfort zone was definitely a great experience that I want to continue doing it for a while. In fact, if you think in any cool challenge please email it to me at

Finally, if you decide to take on this dare yourself, here’s a little guidance that will help you along your own journey.

1/. Establish a deadline to collect and execute your own challenges.
2/. Be accountable to a group of friends (could be your Facebook contacts)
3/. Document challenges with pictures, drawings or whatever is easy and fun for you.
4/. Encourage people to participate by giving you challenges or following you.
5/. Be fearless by using your Tourist Attitude!

I really encourage you to try this challenge. There is nothing to lose and a lot of things to see out there.

Happy daring!


3rd Challenge – Hug a homeless and have lunch with him

1 Sep

TOURIST: Mario Chamorro

This challenge was proposed by Juan Pablo Ramirez whom I met at Universidad del Rosario during a talk that I gave about Happiness and Social Entrepreneurship. (video)

#10deedsbefore32 - Robert

I had the fortune of meeting Robert who kindly accepted my invitation and we had lunch on the street. Robert was born in New Jersey in 1947 and has been in NYC for over 40 years. His favorite decade was the 60′s and he loves chocolates. In fact, if you are walking around 25th st and 6 ave, say hi to Robert and share a coffee with him. He’s definitely a fantastic person!

Tourist Tip: do Juan Pablo’s challenge. I’m sure you would learn a lot from people that you see every day on your way to work and never had the opportunity to stop and ask them about how are they.

2nd Challenge – Sing a Song on the Subway

28 Aug

TOURIST: Mario Chamorro

This time the challenge was proposed by: Catalina Jimenez, Gregorio Uribe, and Lulu Angulo.

#10Deedsbefore32 - Singing on the Subway

I have to confess that at the beginning I was a bit skeptic about going through this challenge, but at the end I decided to use my One Minute of Courage, and immediately jumped into the Subway. It was definitely a great experience, and I really hope to do it again with a little bit more preparation. I took the Subway 3 different times, and in only one I had good reception from the “audience.” Perseverance and no ego are key factors to do this!

Although my voice wasn’t the best, the challenge was successfully accomplished and can be watched on bellow’s video.

Special thanks to Camila Gutiérrez for helping with the video.

TOURIST TIP: learn a song, take public transportation and kindly sing or play one of your favorite songs.

1st Challenge – Visit a unknown beautiful place in the city

27 Aug

TOURIST: Mario Chamorro

Lara Crawshaw and Stephanie Felix came up with the fist challenge for the #10deedsbefore32 initiative. Their idea was to visit a beautiful place in the city that I haven’t being before. After a little brainstorm with Lara, we decided to visit the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

For those who live in NYC and haven’t visited the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, I really encourage you to go! It’s very easy to get there by public transportation, and the main entrance is just $5 if you have a student ID.

Also, after seeing so many names of plants, roses and benches, we decided to name an awesome “unknown” cactus: Maya Tulia from Mauritius (which was Lara’s second challenge of the day.) Finally, we had a blast with this dragonfly who posed for us for a long time, saw a fantastic fish jumping at the lake, and took a delicious nap at the grass. Definitely a good day.

Challenge accomplished!

TOURIST TIP: find the nearest botanical garden and simply go there!

10 Challenges before 32

26 Aug

TOURIST: Mario Chamorro

I recently posted the following comment on my Facebook page: “In 10 days I will be turning 32 years old. Therefore, I’m looking for 10 little challenges to do in 10 days (#10deedsbefore32) Starting today with my first one by Lara about visiting a magical place in the city that I’ve not being before. Any ideas/ challenges or suggestions? Gracias!”

A few minutes later and thanks to the great support of some creative friends this is the list of challenges that I got:


Now, my compromise before I turn 32, is to do my best to accomplish at least 10 of the suggested ideas over the upcoming 10 days. I will be reporting on a daily basis and will be sharing the results with the Tourist Attitude community.

You can also follow the story on Twitter @marioachamorro and #10deedsbefore32

Tourist Tip: ask your friends to give you 10 challenges to execute in 10 days and share the results with your network. Get out of your comfort zone!