1 Second Everyday: A Year with Tim

9 countries. 30 cities. 1 trip around the world.

Now playing: My yearlong adventure as told by 1 Second Everyday. Last year, Tim and I embarked on the adventure of a lifetime, visiting 7 different countries in Asia (and making a pitstop to our respective homes in the USA) after teaching abroad in Korea. It was a bucket list moment that I ticked off and with the man of my dreams by my side. We saw Thailand, Malaysia, Nepal, India, The UAE, the East and West Coast of the USA, Canada, and The Philippines together before concluding our wayfaring in Vietnam. Currently, we are now living together and working in Saigon. A very special takeaway from the trip that I’ve been waiting for 365 days to come to completion since I began it last Sept. 5th, 2015aka the first day of our time together – is our 1 Second Everyday project. Each day on the road, we recorded a bit of our time. Today, I got to stitch it together and in chronological order, it clocks in at 6 minutes! This compilation is especially important to me since I lost the hard drive containing ALL my photos from the backpacking trip on a Boltbus to NYC while we were rushing back to Asia from the States. Most of what I have in this video are all that remain of certain places I visited on this trip. 😭💔

Bangla Road Phuket

The first picture we took on Sept. 5, 2015 somewhere on Bangla Road in Patong, Phuket, Thailand

Have you ever heard of 1 Second Everyday?

For someone who has a bad habit of abandoning journals, I’ve resorted to more fast-paced methods of recording my travels. I love to scrapbook tangible bits of my trips (eg. ticket stubs, brochures, stickers, etc.) and while backpacking trip around Asia, I wrote a haiku a day for 131 days (shout out to my sister Mira for the inspiration!) The only downside of my quick way of recording is that it leaves out all those intimate details. I usually forget WHEN things happened, which becomes a problem. But what it boils down to is that for someone on the go, daily journaling feels like too much of a commitment. So when I found the 1 Second Everyday application, I couldn’t have been more thrilled!

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A preview of what the app looks like in real-time // Credit: Canvas Pop

What is 1 Second Everyday?

Imagine a movie that includes every day of the rest of your life…

1 Second Everyday is an application that stores a second of your day via a video clip or a photograph and that weaves it all together, whenever and wherever. I was first introduced to the concept (not the app) through this viral vid where a husband documents each day of his wife’s pregnancy and I was like, “Wow, this would be a great way to capture some long-term travel.” It seemed as if the universe was listening because then I discovered this app that conveniently replicated this gentlemen’s work minus all the manual labor of eiting. I was instantly hooked!

The application is fairly easy to use. All you have to do is record a few video clips throughout the day (or even just one). Then, on the calendar, tap on the date and you’ll see the videos you took that day appear on the screen. You then have the choice of choosing the “1 second” you’d like to feature. Simple as that! This is probably the most unconventional method of journaling I’ve encountered but it was the fastest and most reliable way to make sure each day was chronicled. And it’s so easy to share your journey. All you have to do is press play to summarize your experience. The app is available both on the App Store and Google Play for $4.99. (SO WORTH IT!)

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A more in depth look at the steps // Credit: Tidy Mom

Disclaimer! This is NOT a sponsored post. I am in no way, shape, or form affiliated with the 1 Second Everyday organization.

Do you have any cool apps that are great for traveling? Or do you have a preferred way of journaling? I’d love to share the knowledge! Please comment below 🙂 xoxo Izzy

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Izzy Pulido is a Bostonian by way of the Philippines who loves to vagabond. At twenty-seven, she's traded in gallivanting around Europe for the 9-to-5 grind... but don't count out the vagabonding! With a new long distance relationship, she's bringing American travel to the forefront. She lives for good times, good food, and good peeps.

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  1. Anne

    7 September

    I love the idea of this app but would love it even more it it was three seconds. Think it would feel more joined up but such a great concept

    • Izzy Pulido

      11 September

      Oh man, 3 seconds would be like an 18 minute video!! 😛

  2. This is a great idea! It is such a shame that you lost your hard drive but this is a great way to remember some of those important moments from your trip. We are planning on filming a wedding video a bit like this because we are still travelling so I will have to check this out!!

    • Izzy Pulido

      11 September

      You should absolutely invest in something like this for your wedding especially! I wish there was an app for seconds in one day?? And yes this is the only day-to-day cataloging I did while I was on the road so it’s something It treasure greatly!

  3. Kerri

    8 September

    One of the guys I was with in Indonesia not so long ago used this and his video at the end was amazing. Some people are so clever developing apps like this.

    • Izzy Pulido

      11 September

      I know right? I owe so much to the developers of this app for allowing me to capture everything so beautifully!

  4. I saw your post about this in a Facebook group and thought it was a really cool idea. I would love to start making videos of our trip however the idea of spending a lot of time editing really puts me off. This sounds like a perfect way to get around that. Thanks for sharing.

    • Izzy Pulido

      11 September

      Yea, editing videos is the most time consuming thing in the world. I love making the videos but I legit lose days in my life putting them together. This was so low-commitment and way cooler than anything I’ve produced manually!

  5. Oh my gosh this video made me smile. SO CUTE! (Second hand dying for you on losing your hard drive though). I would love to explore the world, but I definitely want someone to do it with, you guys are so lucky to have each other. All these places sounds amazing, and I’m a little jealous you get to be in Saigon. It may have been a surprise favorite on my Vietnam trip!

    • Izzy Pulido

      11 September

      Awww thanks Sam 🙂 and legit tears on the heartbreak of losing the hard drive. I do feel lucky that I have someone who was willing to follow me around the world. Tim and I met in Korea and he has been by my side ever since. Even when I told him I’d be leaving after my year in Korea to go backpacking, he was like yups coming with you! Saigon has been great and I’m soo happy you actually liked it! Not many visitors do! 😀

  6. JM

    8 September

    Very interesting app. Searching it now in playstore and will download it for sure.

  7. Chris Boothman

    9 September

    I LOVE this idea and definitely something I could envision us doing over the next year or so! It’s so difficult to keep track of every single trip you take and all too often they blend together and you forget about some place iconic that you experienced. Thanks for sharing this and will definitely check it out.

    • Izzy Pulido

      11 September

      Yes exactly what yu just point out! I feel like that’s the whole purpose of blogging too; to make sure these trips don’t just bleed into one another. I’ve actually been able to resort to it to fact check my past whereabouts. It’s been so helpful!

  8. Christine

    9 September

    What a great concept! I need to try this out! Such a cool way to document your travels in a new way. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Izzy Pulido

      11 September

      Definitely! It’s such an investment! I hope you enjoy it 🙂

  9. Emre

    10 September

    Interesting concept. I think it’s a very good way to show your friends and family where you have been quickly, instead of showing them an hour long boring video. I’ll remember this app if I’m going to do some extensive traveling.

    • Izzy Pulido

      11 September

      Yea exactly, I feel like having a video full of pictures can be somewhat of a drag so at least this one has some more dynamism to it!

  10. Alla Ponomareva

    11 September

    When I watched your video: I know life is worth living, traveling is fantastic, friends are awesome, traveling with a significant other kicks ass, you two are so much fun I want to hang out! and thank you for sharing you travels, intimate moments, joys and memories that will last forever.

    • Izzy Pulido

      26 September

      This is honestly the best comment I’ve ever gotten, hands down. Wow thank you for making my day Alla! I wish I knew you in person too! I bet you would be so much fun! Shame our time in Daejeon didn’t overlap 🙁

  11. When I first went to watch your video I didn’t think 1 second was enough, but you really managed to capture and share a lot of great moments! I bet that year just flew by. I know my time in Asia sure has!

    • Izzy Pulido

      26 September

      Yea at first 1 second feels like nothing until its all stitched together and you have this amazing compilation that spans 6 minutes! My time in Asia has definitely flown by! I can’t believe I’ve been out of country for over 2 years now!

  12. Wendy

    12 September

    This is so sweet, Izzy! And kudos to the app developer. This should have been around when I was still into recording the every day of my babies.

    • Izzy Pulido

      26 September

      I cannot wait to have a family one day and catalog this! Definitely want to do this for my pregnancies! I think one day my kids would LOVE having this kind of record of their lives ;D

  13. Lindsay

    13 September

    Downloading the App now! Thanks for sharing this post ^^

  14. Don Macdonell

    13 September

    That’s really cool!
    The app is a beautiful way to look back on all your favourite memories. And a motivation to get out a do something interesting to record!

    • Izzy Pulido

      26 September

      Honestly, there were some days when I felt like I had nothing to record which is why you see a lot of food shots (because that’s the one interesting thing you can count on everyday!) 😛

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