It’s all about the adventure…

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It’s all about the adventure and not just the major tourist sites…

“Maybe I need to include more draw card tourist sites,” I thought to myself.

Last week, when I was designing a tour to India that I’m running at the end of October this year I caught myself wondering if I had included enough draw card tourist places.  Did I need to include more popular places?  And then I remembered something.  That’s not what it’s about.

 

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

― Eleanor Roosevelt

 

And that sums it up perfectly.  It’s not just about the major tourist sites, it’s about seeking out those little things along the way that make the trip a richer experience.  From drinking chai with the locals to devouring the most authentic curries, haggling with a stall holder at a local market to holding a conversation with a rickshaw driver.

My memories of travel are not so much of what we saw but more of what we experienced and who we met along the way.  Over time, I’ve realised something, not only about traveling, but also life in general that changed me forever – major tourist place or not:  Every place has a history, every person has a story and every moment holds the opportunity for adventure, fun and wonder.  It is this essence that I aim to bring to my tours.

And while the focus of the tour in October will be on the experiences, we will be definitely visiting some of the major tourist sites!

What’s your favourite travel experience?  Share in a comment below.

Adventure Redefined

Adventure ?

 

“I loved what you asked us to do but it was not adventure,” a client recently said on a three hour walking tour as part of the some feedback he was giving me. Not long ago, I would have agreed wholeheartedly with him. Adventure to me was something I did once or twice a year, heading overseas for my holidays to an exotic location.

Somewhere along the line, I think we’ve been conditioned to think that adventure always has to be a great feat like crossing the sahara solo with only a bottle of water or rowing across the pacific in a homemade canoe. While both these are undoubtedly examples of adventure, I now define adventure more broadly, as anything that takes us into the unknown.

“Adventure is anything that takes you into the unknown.”

– Nick Condon.

When we use this as the definition of adventure, we don’t have to wait for our holidays – we can have an adventure anywhere! Going to work a alternative way, ordering food at a restaurant you’ve never eaten before or visiting a new coffee shop to get your morning kick start. Even small steps can transform life from being a mundane, routine existence into an experience of constant awe and adventure!

What does adventure mean to you? Share your thoughts below in the comments.

 

Over-thinking, adventure and Harry the hermit crab

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Making a decision quickly avoids over-thinking and allows the adventure to continue, while still achieving the desired outcome…

I often suffer from chronic over-thinking – especially when I need to make a decision and I’ve got to say, it gives me the shits! There are times when I have to decide something and I get so caught up in my thinking, continually asking myself “is it right? Is it right?” which totally stresses me out and I end up not moving forward at all, feeling really pissed off in the process. There are times when I have gone for days without sleeping because of this tendency to over-think but thankfully those days are now a rarity.

The more you overthink the less you will understand.


- Habeeb Akande

That’s for sure. In fact, the only thing the over-thinking gives me is unnecessary stress! Not only that, the first thought I had about a decision is normally the one I end up going with, making the over-thinking even more useless! Fortunately, I’ve gotten better at not over-thinking it and I’ve got Harry the hermit crab to thank.

Last year, while on holidays, I was sitting on a large piece of driftwood, that was semi buried in the sand. I leaped up in fright as there was something next to me moving. It turned out to be Harry – a well-camouflaged hermit crab crawling across it on his way to the other side. I was immediately fascinated, so I kept very still and watched him walk across the wood.

After each step he took, Harry would reach out in front of himself with his front legs like he was feeling for something before realising there was nothing there and taking another step forward. There was no stopping to think about which direction to go – simply just taking another seemingly random step forward. This went on for several minutes until finally he reached out, felt the sand in front of him and moved onto the beach.

In those moments, Harry had taught me it was possible to achieve an outcome by quickly making one decision at a time and taking action on it. Even though he made some decisions that could be construed as ‘random’ or ‘wrong’, he still ended up where he wanted to go. By approaching things this way, he avoided the stress caused by over-thinking and had an adventure!

Is over-thinking something you can relate to? Is decision making difficult for you? Leave a comment and share your thoughts and strategies.

One Year of Adventure, One Constant Fear

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Being express kidnapped in Bolivia? Running out of money halfway through the trip? Having my passport stolen in Amsterdam? No, not even close.

I spent all year worrying about it. It was constantly at the back of my mind niggling away. It ate my soul like an acid, stealing away some of those breath taking moments that only adventure can provide. It was the fear of going back to work.

“Nearly half of those surveyed said they worry about becoming unemployed…”

– Associated Press-GfK poll

Not me. I’d taken 17 months leave from my job and was spending the first 12 of those months travelling the world before going back to Australia to try living life a different way and if it worked out, I’d make the change permanent. At the back of my mind was the fear that things would not work out and that I would have to go back to work. Back to my old job. Back to my old life. And within six months, I’d be back in the same dreary routine with my time off feeling like some distant dream.

It wasn’t that I hated my job. It was just that I had decided I wanted to do something else. I’d actually decided that a while ago but for one reason or another, I had stayed where I was – 10 years with the same company. I’d been unknowingly living my life inside a comfort bubble – living almost entirely by a fixed routine that I knew backwards and it had been slowly sucking the life out of me. I knew ‘how it went’ with my job and my life but there was always an intense longing for something more. Something I could never fully define, which created a degree of uncertainty. And it was my uneasiness with that uncertainty that meant I stayed in my comfort bubble.

 …adventure had reignited a fire deep within my soul…

In my time off, I had discovered through adventure a new zest for life, an indescribable excitement and a level of freedom I can’t ever recall experiencing. My adventure had reignited a fire deep within my soul and made me feel alive again – something that the comfort bubble had slowly but surely drained from me over the years. Without even realising it, I had popped my comfort bubble and followed that calling for change with all the uncertainty that went with it. And I was loving it. But this was a holiday – albeit a long one. I wondered constantly, when it came to the crunch, when the 17 months was up, would I go back to my comfort bubble or would I choose adventure?

In the end, after 12 months traveling overseas and a 3 month road trip down the east coast of Australia, I chose to overcome my fear and quit my job. And while my year of adventure had finished, my life of adventure was only just beginning.

 Is there an adventure you have been putting off?  Please leave a comment and share.