How to Meet Local People While Traveling

Temple Bar

When I was in Morocco last year, my wife and I met an old Moroccan woman on a train. We quickly became friends and she asked us to come stay with her for a few days. If we hadn’t been on a tight schedule to get to the Sahara, we would have gone. Some of […]

Insights from My Camel Trek Into the Sahara Desert

Sahara Desert Camels

I’ve had a long fascination with the Sahara desert.  When I was a little kid, I watched TV shows depicting the desert as teeming with bandits, nomadic tribes, oases and high adventure. So when I heard you could actually trek out into the Sahara and spend the night in a nomadic Tuareg camp, I jumped […]

How to Risk More, Fear Less and Gain Everything

Last week I read a news story about a pharmaceutical company called Valeant.  They had just announced the acquisition of an eye health company called Bausch and Lomb. The cost of the deal: $8.7 billion dollars. By anyone’s measure, the deal is a risk.  When you plan to spend billions of dollars to buy a […]

How I Saved Up $10,000 to Fund My Travels

When I reached my early 20s, I saw something I thought I’d never see.  My bank account rolled over into five digits as I passed the $10,000 mark for the first time. I rarely tell people this because I don’t want to come off as boastful. I’m saying this now because a lack of money […]

Developing an Adventurous Mindset: Loving Fear and Uncertainty

A few years ago, when I was preparing to travel to Belize, a friend of mine asked me what my plans for the trip were.  Specifically she wanted to know if I had a place to stay arranged before I arrived. When I told her no, she was aghast.  What would I do if I […]

How to Negotiate a Month of Travel from Work

A few months ago I got back from Morocco where I had been living and traveling for two months.  Rather than quitting my job, I took a leave of absence so I could go back to my position when I returned. This is the fourth time I’ve had an employer let me take time off […]

The Difference Between You and People Doing Awesome Things

I read a fascinating story in National Geographic a few months ago about a guy who hiked the perimeter of Alaska.  All he carried with him was a backpack full of gear, a kayak and tent.  He’d trek to various state parks every day and set up his tent at night before heading out again […]