Why We Adventure

Adventure means different things to different people. So we asked our staff what the term 'adventure' means to them and, more specifically, why they adventure. Here is a sampling of what they said …

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Michael Bennett
A Life Transformed in Southeast Asia

I stood at the window on the top floor of the skyscraper in the heart of Bangkok looking out at the chaos on the streets below. It was hot and smoggy, and it had taken us about two hours to travel just a few miles to get here. I loved it.

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Michael Bennett
Notes from a Traveler’s Journal

We love to hear from our travelers out in the world. Our friend Tim sent this note recently while on his Explorer X trip in New Zealand. We think it is worth sharing...

"I’m driving through the north island in New Zealand and things are new again. It’s been 33 years since I’ve traveled alone internationally.

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kelsey bumsted
An Ode to Overwhelm

My heart runs into a brick wall and falls with a thud to the floor of my chest. And then it gasps and springs alive, sprinting now to apologize. Before my mind can see it, my body knows it. These waves of overwhelm. These oceans of fear …

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Michael Bennett
A Traveler's Definition of 'Home'

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to host a discussion about the transformational power of travel at the REI store in Santa Monica, California. As with most of the discussions I facilitate, this one took on a life of its own from the start …

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Michael Bennett
Disconnect to Reconnect

Ask most people why they travel and you'll get a handful of typical responses: For work or for school; to visit family and friends around the world; to escape, relax, get away, and/or rejuvenate; and for some, to find themselves once again …

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Michael Bennett