Category: Travel

I Haven’t Seen It Yet

Sometimes I think about which adventure goals would be worthwhile. To prepare for an adventure is a wonderful motivator and clarifier and compass for all work and learning. But it can be discouraging to realize how much has already been done in the world. There are few places unseen or untraveled by man. All the […]

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If You Want To See More, Do More

Most of us love seeing more of the world, more of our countries, and even more of our own towns. But “tourism” isn’t generally a sustainable activity: most of us lack the time, money, and inclination to just drive and walk around until we find something new. Besides, tourism often takes us to the pretty […]

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Language As a Form of Travel

Late last year I traveled to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico for the first time. The people were friendly, the rainforest and beaches were beautiful, and the city of San Juan was filled with interesting history and architecture. I do have one (small) regret: not using more Spanish. One of my more interesting interactions […]

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If You Lack Courage, Leave Home Farther Behind

There’s something ironic about courage: it often comes when we’re furthest from home. I am never so outgoing, bold, and adventurous as when I am hundreds or thousands of miles away from the familiar world of my day to day life. One of my earliest discoveries of this came for me when I split off […]

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Impressions of Wyoming, from Prairie to Mountains

I trekked to the great lands of the American West as summer drew to a close. The basecamp: Laramie, WY. The guide: childhood friend Carson. The activities: epic. Highway 187 (Colorado + Wyoming) My adventure started on Highway 187 north from Denver to Laramie, so I’ll start here. The sunlight is different and beautiful out here. […]

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Use Flight Time To Gain Perspective

People often talk about how important it is to gain a “30,000 foot view” of life goals. People usually only mean “30,000 foot” metaphorically. I take things a bit more literally. When I fly now, I often find myself gaining new levels of clarity, perspective, passion, and purpose about my life. Key ingredients? The mix […]

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First Impressions of New York City

I’m in New York City for the first time and am finally testing for myself all of my assumptions and hopes about this magical place. Here are a few of my quick observations: 1. The people are friendlier than expected. People here seem to be outgoing in their own way, so if I engage in a […]

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I Don’t Want To Make the World Feel Smaller

Should we really want travel make our world feel “smaller”? Last week I took a flight on Delta Airlines, and their pre-flight advertisement followed this theme of a smaller, more accessible world as it showed beautiful images of people frolicking in tropical water paradises. etc. I don’t blame the good marketers of Delta for pursuing this theme: it’s […]

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The Shared Lyft Ride Should Replace Public Transportation

There are many people who feel the future of transportation is public transportation. I shudder at the thought. Sure, I’d like to reduce negative human impacts on the environment, too. But I’m also not a big fan of drab, boring, bureaucrat-administered travel experiences – not to mention the non-consensual funding, political manipulation, and supply/quality problems […]

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Why Thrillseekers Should Be Driving for Uber and Lyft

If you want a thrilling Saturday night adventure, start driving for Uber on the weekend the Super Bowl happens in your city. Even though this technology is years old (and I’ve been using it as a consumer), you can still got a hefty dose of adrenaline from trying it out for the first time as a […]

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Free Business Idea: Gamify Travel (And All the Things)

Wish your average plane flight, cruise, or hotel stay could be more than just checking in and consuming? I think we all want more of an element of play and adventure in our lives. There’s a great opportunity emerging in the world we live in to gamify real-life experiences in ways that excite wonder and […]

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How To Transport Yourself 3,826 Miles In One Morning

First, you wake up before the sun. Darkness still covers everything, and everyone is still asleep. You drive quietly down dark roads, past fallow winter fields. You step out into the cold, and open a gate into fields of cool, wet wind that hits you as you walk. You sling your rifle over your shoulder. […]

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A Running List of Mini-Habits for Travel Training

Want to travel? Have time to train? Here are a few habits I’ve tried practicing at home (from time to time) that I’m hoping will come in handy when I travel abroad: Sleep uncomfortably. Try sleeping with less privacy, or on more uncomfortable surfaces (sofas, etc). Especially if you plan to stay in more affordable hostels, etc. this […]

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Forget Books – Let Music Take You Places: Spotify Finds for World Wanderers

“Reading can take you places!”  You’ve seen this cheesy-but-true marketing slogan splashed on the walls of many a library. But while I love books, I’d argue that music can also be pretty damn effective at carrying you across time and space as well. As more and more of the world’s music gets recorded and digitized, we’re gaining […]

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5 Ways To Treat Your European Coworkers to an American Experience

This week several of my company’s European (Dutch and Slovakian) employees came to our US office in Alpharetta, Georgia for a few days. I and a couple of my fellow Americans took it upon ourselves to make sure that they really lived it up and got the best possible experience of this wonderful country. Maybe you want […]

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7 Non-Obvious Tips for Vacationing Better

Traveling should be a great experience. But “needing a vacation” after finishing a vacation happens too much. I think this is because people don’t practice good personal care while out of town. Most people burn the candle at both ends, neglecting that their bodies are limited. You want to go eyes wide open into your travel experience, […]

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A Running List of My Favorite Roads to Drive

There are few greater pleasures in life than rolling down your windows, picking up speed, turning on good music, and driving down a road with a beautiful view. Here are some of my current favorite drives, from small backroads to interstate routes: GA-400 North, Atlanta, GA: Between Buckhead and Alpharetta, I get a big open sky, some […]

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In Praise of Rural Backroad Travel

Travel should have an element of adventure, even if it is routine. Sadly, interstates are boring and sterile. Drive them once and you’ve driven them a dozen times – there’s not all that much to see or observe in the press of traffic and the shadows of billboards. This morning my planned trek back from […]

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A Running List of All My Favorite Places in Atlanta

I grew up in the country, and I imagined I would hate city life. That was before I moved to Atlanta. Cities have a lot going for them. I’ve been here for three years, and I’ve only scratched the surface of the adventures and opportunities available in Atlanta. Here are just a few of my favorite […]

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11 Tips for Productive Remote Work from Podcaster and Yoga Teacher Amanda Kingsmith

Early last month I joined about 80 other participants, alumni, and staff from the Praxis startup apprenticeship program for an intense weekend of skill sharing, collaboration, and fun. Breakout sessions at conferences are usually pretty “meh,” but these were the best of the best. I came away with pages and pages of notes, some of […]

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Life In Atlanta – Interview on World Wanderers Podcast

I had the chance to appear briefly on one of my favorite podcasts last month. The World Wanderers – my good friends Ryan Ferguson and Amanda Kingsmith – talked to several locals from Atlanta on what makes our city great before they left for their current adventure through the United States and Canada. You can tell […]

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