Articles About Personal Growth Through Travel

Adventure Is a State of Mind

Adventure

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 route to a 2000 foot-high cave church, a question occurred to me: “What constitutes adventure in practice? Where do we draw the line, and how do we … [Read more...]

How Travel Is The Classroom

Simien Mountains

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

travel

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

DangerMapScreenshot

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?)

Berlin street art

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...]