I recently had the opportunity to watch this documentary film called Reveal the Path. The film chronicles the journey of a group of friends that travel around the world by bikepacking with mountain bikes. The adventurers do not actually ride around the world, but they ride, hop, bus, train, fly and just move.
The group travels through locations like Scotland
While the locations do provide some interesting scenery, challenging environments and unique cultural experiences, the film is not really about the destinations, but the journey that the group undertakes. Isn't that what travel is really about?
Check it out on Youtube, watch it on Netflix or download it from the website of Reveal the Path.
Do all of your travels end up being unremarkably similar? Do all of your vacations involve staying at a hotel, taking guided tours, eating with other tourists and coming back home with photos that look just like your neighbor's photos from their vacation the previous year?
Here are some of my contrarian travel tips which will hopefully add a little variety and adventure to your next trip.
1. Booking an all inclusive vacation? Instead, wing it. Book your flight, upon your arrival, locate a hotel or hostel near the city center and take local transportation (not taxis) to get around. Make it up as you go.
2. Taking an organized city tour? Instead, take a walk and wander. Try to ask locals about the places, things and people you encounter.
3. Just relaxing? Instead, schedule an activity that might push your limits. Go bicycling, horseback riding, canyoneering or just go for a walk and get lost.
4. Doing something? Instead, relax, spend the day in bed, read a book or just meditat…
I recently re-watched one of my favorite adventure films of all times... Indiana Jones - Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Indiana Jones has always been associated with his trademark look and style... the fedora hat, leather jacket, khaki clothing, whip and satchel. Inside his satchel he often carried a pencil, notebook, pocket knife, revolver pistol, canteen, flashlight, handkerchief, gloves and artifacts.
And so just for fun I was wondering, what would a modern Indiana Jones carry with him?
As you may have already deduced, I am a big fan of long distance overland travel. I enjoy overland travel by motorcycle, car, bus, train or just about any means possible. I have always found it to be very rewarding to my soul to see vast landscapes, changing scenery, small towns and having the flexibility to stop anywhere and anytime while traveling overland. One vehicle that I have never traveled in, but would consider traveling in, would be a recreational vehicle (RV), also known as a caravan.
Some friends recently invited me to join them for a camping trip to Big Bend National Park in West Texas. I have traveled to Big Bend various times and each time I visit I experience something quite unique... so I'm always up for a road trip. The journey from my home to Big Bend is about 8-9 hours of driving. Yep, Texas is a big state. We had six people in our group, so we needed to look at various options as to how we would travel. We thought about a few options: 1. taking our personal c…
What really sets high achievers apart is not that they do a lot, but that they don’t do a lot. The most successful people filter out thousands of opportunities every day, and focus on a very few important tasks.
Some keep a physical list of things not to do; but for most, the filtering process has become automatic. Here are the six things every high achiever has on his or her to-not-do list, whether the list is written down or ingrained in habit:
DON’T DO #1: Spend time thinking about anything beyond your control. If you can’t do anything about it, drop it. Don’t spend time agonizing over mistakes made in the past, or missed opportunities. Likewise, don’t spend time worrying about events in the future that you can’t do anything to influence.
DON’T DO #2: Waste a second trying to change somebody else. Ignore any illusions you may have that you can change another person. The best a trained psychoanalyst can do is help the other person change – a…
I recently saw this documentary on television called The Spice Trail. I thought that it was really interesting. I enjoy spices, food and spicy food so it was right up my alley. The documentary traces back the history of a specific spice (vanilla, saffron, nutmeg, cloves, pepper or cinnamon) and highlights how the spice and trade of the spice influenced world events. If you are a foodie I think that you might enjoy it too.
You can watch the documentary on YouTube or right here. (59 minutes)