The Dance of the Unseen
Why We Adventure
We are deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon, staying with the Cofan people in their village by the river.
Before we go out to the jungle camp where we are going to stay for three nights, I ask Randy, the Cofan chief, for his advice on listening to trees. His first piece of advice is: “Appreciate the immensity of the forest. Feel the number of trees. Like you feel the amount of earth in a mountain.”
10 Transformative Insights for Family Adventures
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 …
A Life Transformed in Southeast Asia
Travel is a powerful tool for teaching children how to approach new and different concepts. Co-Founder Jake Haupert expands on ten important insights to maximize your family’s learning experiences on your next adventure.
Notes from a Traveler’s Journal
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.
An Ode to Overwhelm
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.
A Traveler's Definition of 'Home'
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 …
A Life Transformed in Switzerland
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 …
A Love Letter to Myself
It’s August 2013. I am in Switzerland. In the Jungfrau Region and the Lauterbrunnen Valley, to be specific. And it is here that I find myself quite literally and figuratively at a crossroads …
Disconnect to Reconnect
I wrote this letter to myself this morning sort of spur of the moment as a reminder of how important I am -- how important we ALL are -- and how much of a difference I am (we are) really making in the world. I hope …
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 …