Articles About Personal Growth Through Travel

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...]

The Evolution of a Nomad (or, Why Berlin?)

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This is a story about life shaping…and a thank you to the people who have helped make it possible.A few days ago we returned to Berlin from a month in New Zealand. Something was different. Really different. Traveling for a month is not particularly unusual for us, but the fact that we had keys to an apartment, one where our names were on the buzzer, certainly … [Read more...]

Pursue the Precious: A Maori Blessing

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Whāia te iti kahurangi, ki te tuohu koutou me he maunga teitei.Pursue that which is most precious. If you should bow down, let it only be to a lofty mountain -- Maori blessingSometimes in life, we find ourselves fortunate enough to be surrounded by so much beauty that we can feel a bit like we are drowning. … [Read more...]