Updated Mission

In the past I have contributed to a popular but watered-down version of adventure that dilutes the power, specificity, and intensity of the word. After some deliberation, I have decided to abandon this hollow definition of adventure. Adventure is not a mindset or an attitude; it’s an experience, an action, something you do, and it has two requirements: the unknown and risk. “The unknown” is essential to adventure because it often requires stepping out of our comfort zones and provides an opportunity for learning. Curiosity Continue Reading →

Anyone’s Alternative Destinations – Bratislava

Europe is a MUST DO for most travelers from all corners of the Earth. There are so many different cultures mashed right next to each other, creating a unique opportunity to experience several cultures in a relatively small geographic space. I’ve personally always been obsessed with this continent, so getting to actually SEE the real deal behind all the maps and books was a life changing experience. When you hear “Europe,” you might think of drinking wine in Florence or taking a walking tour along Continue Reading →

Denali, a Park Like No Other

I can’t fully describe the excitement I felt when the plane began descending, and through the clouds I could make out the distant mountains surrounding Anchorage. I’m getting chills and a sudden craving to return—a powerful magnet drawing me back—just from writing this. We landed sometime around midnight, but the sun was still out, settled just on the horizon line like a tiny, far-off ball crossing a tight rope, refusing to fall and allow darkness to take over. Five-ish restless hours of attempted airport-bench sleep Continue Reading →

Portland and Seattle – Two Nights, Two Cities – Part 2

To review, Daniel, Peyton, and I had just left Portland after visiting my friend Richard and getting a taste for some local food. Our next stop: Seattle. We only had one night in the city and nothing planned. Thirty minutes of scouting google maps resulted in a stop at Swan Creek Park for some spontaneous mountain biking. These trails were the best built on the trip—flowy, fast, and downhill. It was bound to happen to one of us, but I never expected to look up Continue Reading →

Have an Experience: Travel Solo

“Things fell through and I can’t go…” “I couldn’t get time off work…” “Things are looking a little dangerous there, and I’m having second thoughts…” Excuses. Everyone has them and we’ve heard every one in the book.  I’ve heard countless times about how a traveler’s plans have been delayed or terminated because of another person involved in the trip. Look, life happens and I completely understand that. The lifestyle of a traveler is not always easy to plan, but it has to be held together Continue Reading →