Articles About Personal Growth Through Travel

8 Ways Empathy Can Improve Your Travels…And Your Life

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On your next trip, don’t forget to pack your empathy.Whether on stage or on the page, I often assert that, "travel can not only improve each of our lives, but it can also make the world a better place.” I suggest this instinctively, but then I have to step back and ask myself, “Well, how exactly does travel do that? … [Read more...]

An Adventure Manifesto: Adventure Is a State of Mind

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Think of this as an "Adventure Manifesto" in progress. A way to think about adventure so we might infuse it more happily into our everyday lives.Who would accuse Helen Keller of not leading an adventurous life even though she never went skydiving, bungee jumping or mountain climbing?While I was recently free climbing sandstone walls in Northern Ethiopia en … [Read more...]

How Travel Is The Classroom

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I recently came across an article about experiential learning that featured a list entitled 12 Things You Might Not Have Learned in the Classroom. The principles were adapted from a book entitled Weapons of Mass Instruction by John Taylor Gatto. The list was preceded by the phrase “Really educated people...”“Wow, that’s a pretty presumptuous lead,” I thought. … [Read more...]

10 Ways Travel Helps You Let Go

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Travel. It places us in situations we couldn’t otherwise imagine. It often spurs us to do things we thought we couldn’t do. It provides perspective on our lives and our place in the world.Amidst all this, travel also offers freedom. Among those freedoms, the greatest freedom of all: the freedom to let go.Sounds about right, doesn't it? But what does “let … [Read more...]

9 Steps from Doubt to Doing

Sebastian sprints across the fields in front of Pik Lenin in southern Kyrgyzstan.Read more about our adventures in the Pamirs.

Have you ever told yourself that you weren’t able to do something? Then one day you just got up and did it?To kick off the new year, a few thoughts on the power of doing, committing, expectations, and motivating oneself to do better – through my own personal -- and admittedly tortured -- relationship with running. If you don’t care about running, imagine in its … [Read more...]

The Danger Map of the World: Fear vs. Awareness

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This is about fear and awareness and how recognizing a distinction between the two can improve your travels…and your life.At the extremes, we have two choices in life: a) sit back and be afraid of absolutely everything and never leave the couch, or b) proceed recklessly and lean blindly into situations that will likely harm us.Or, there’s a third way. … [Read more...]