The road less travelled

Article printed in inonit magazine

Sample Edition March 2012

There are many different ways to travel.  There’s package holidays, backpacking, road tripping, family holidays to name a few.  The type of travel that seems to appeal to more and more people though is extreme or gypsy travelling.  This notion of travelling through places, cities and countries with only a basic plan that doesn’t extend past the next 24 hours.  Leaving it up to the universe to lead you on a wild adventure and help you discover the heart and soul of each place you find yourself in.

There are a few prerequisites to travelling off the well-worn track.  A copy of a reputable travel guide is an essential plus travel insurance, basic first aid supplies and a decent amount of courage and wit all come in handy along the way.  The most important factor and the hardest to sometimes come by, is an open mind.  An open mind to the countries customs, culture, people and food; an open mind to try new experiences; and the trickiest one, an open mind to let your self go and live in each moment as it happens.

When you completely give in to the experience though, the rewards are breathtaking.  From meeting locals and learning more about the language or how to cook traditional dishes, to overcoming fears crawling through a dark, bat filled cave in the middle of a jungle.  Every day becomes an adventure as you decide which direction you want to travel in, hoist your pack and set off.  This moment is yours and the adventure will start when you take the first step.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

~ Mark Twain

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