Halfway up an erupting volcano, I remember I am afraid of heights. Thousands of feet up and hanging on, there is no time like this for thinking about ...
Yes, you still have the young Caucasian backpacker ready to take on the world, but you also have the young Asian backpacker, African-American backpacker, Latino backpacker and many other variations of what was once a single image.
During the last four decades I have been able to travel on many of the great oceans and iconic rivers on six continents. The ships have been both large and small, some accommodating up to 2,000 passengers.
Think about it: When was the last time you visited a foreign place and simply took it all in? Too often, we don't truly experience the never-before-seen places we visit.
There are sunsets... and then there are sunsets. This collection of adventurous destinations is the latter. We hope that you get a chance to go out and experience views like these for yourself.
We undulated the never-ending steep path while clumsily hurdling felled trees many feet in diameter and used limbs lain from bank to bank to cross rivers like a tightrope. Someone did occasionally end up in the drink.
Of all the things I imagined Thailand to be, I never expected it to make me feel so beautifully overwhelmed.
I have heard it all. Seriously, I have heard every single excuse people have for not traveling with their children. Well, I have a secret. Not one of these is a good reason to not to teach your children to become world citizens and travelers.
Every time I travel I am reminded of a sentence I wrote in my journal the first time I went to Africa. "Never underestimate the power of people who have nothing to teach you all you need to know about everything that matters." This empty classroom, full of lessons and hope powerfully whispered the same.
Recently I was ready to get out of my comfort zone and break out of my shell. Yet in the end, I found it rather lonely and paradoxically dependent on Wi-Fi.
At the tip of South America where the last sliver of Argentina meets the sea, lies the town of Ushuaia. Once small and rustic known primarily to backpackers visiting Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia has evolved.
Suffering from itchy feet? For adventurous runners, there are dozens of epic races and routes around the world to simultaneously treat the running bug and satisfy wanderlust...
The landscape is beautiful, especially on a sunny, clear day. On one side was the ocean; on the other, a snow-capped mountain range and Snæfellsjökull, the massive glacier-covered volcano at the tip of the peninsula.
Hikers typically work under the premise of leaving no trace, but I wanted to drop my metaphorical rubbish all over the mountain and let it float away in the wind. But maybe it wouldn't work that way. Maybe my weight would always be part of my story.
As an avid traveler most of my adult life and a Marine for nearly 7 years, I've been to some interesting places and experienced some unique things. However, I can say without a shadow of a doubt, that I've never done or seen anything like this before.
You've probably started a list already and spent countless hours behind your computer daydreaming...but here are a few of our favorites that you might want to take a look at.