You are not cold. The flight is never too long. You could not care less about showers or clean clothes. And you have no idea how many countries you’ve been to. You are an ADVENTURE TRAVELER.
It takes a certain amount of rough-and-tumble in your personality to crawl around the globe and throw yourself out there. In the community of adventure travelers, this often manifests as a tougher-than-thou ethos where physical and emotional needs do not exist. If you’re an adventure traveler, you’ll probably recognize a few of these declarations. If you want to be an adventure traveler, then chop-chop: learn the lingo and make sure your clothes don’t look too clean. Continue reading
My brother and I set out on a six-day adventure to Colorado on a road trip via the hinterlands of West Texas to the majestic Rocky Mountains. Our mission: to visit three different houses full of family and friends, look at housing for rent in Boulder, revel in the mountains, and of course – drink beer.
Do you like to save travel mementos like ticket stubs, foreign coins and other little doo-dads?
Create a one-of-a-kind souvenir by designing a shadow box collage from your trip. Instead of shoving your travel mementos into a drawer or closet somewhere, why not display them in a framed work of art? Compiling your memories into a colorful shadow box is an excellent way to milk your trip and enjoy your travel experience even more.
Pinterest has made it easy to create digital collections of your favorite travel images and showcase them all in one place. You can organize them by destination, but you can also organize them by theme. Some themes are obvious and universal – like sunsets, waterfalls and beaches. But if you browse through your albums of travel photos, you should be able to discern themes that are particular to you.
What oddball scenes or subjects do you tend to take pictures of? Stray cats? Deserted streets? Waitresses? Scooters? You probably already have a few unique themes in the works – travel photo collections, if you will. Here are some ideas for more:
I squeeze my lips together, holding my mouth tightly shut as a bucket of water is dumped on top of me. My left cheek is pressed against the floor of a public bathhouse. I am lying on my side nearly naked, sprawled in a lukewarm slurry of soapsuds and sloughed-off skin from the women who went before me. A strange lady with enormous bosoms holds my right leg at a 90-degree angle, scrubbing my inner thigh with a sandpaper-like rag and the force of a fire hose. A room full of local children, women and grandmothers look on in mild amusement. On the other side, an awkward group of Western women sit in a row against the wall, trying to avoid eye contact at all costs as they wait for their turns in their underwear.
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Travel is important to you, so why not give it a physical place in your life with a dedicated dossier? Create a customized travel notebook to capture your dreams, collect trip information and record your adventures. It will help you plan journeys, turn them into reality and reflect upon the ones you’ve already taken.