9. Climbing down and up colca canyon in Peru and meeting wonderful people. It was a challenge, walking down, along, and back up the canyon walls. Thankfully we had good company and great views. It was a hot 3 days of hiking with lots of very dry trails but as always it was completely worth … Continue reading 9 Days
10. Descending on the smoky mountain of Machu Picchu. It was dawn. We woke at 3 and started hiking at 5. As the sun shone through, we curled around the trail leading up to the sun gate. It was cloudy and we couldn’t see the famed ruin. So we climbed down the final stretch of … Continue reading 10 Days
11. Snorkeling with dolphins in the Galapagos. Im focusing on some of the best memories of the trip now, and those dolphins were incredible. A pod of 150 of them were surrounding our boat, bouncing in and out of the waves with playful abandon. A few of the self absorbed ones were leaping out of … Continue reading 11 Days.
12. Keep your intensity on life. With steady pressure, even the dullest of knives can make a sharp cut. You can do many things but keeping an intensity on one or a few of them will get you more results.
13. Amazing things happen every day. You just need to keep your eyes open and be unafraid to look. Countless times in this trip, I’ve slowed down (usually by force) on long bus rides or other places. In those slower moments you can appreciate things more and notice incredible things. Maybe someone giving some food … Continue reading 13 Days
So for this post, I’d like to focus on about 2 weeks of time. These two weeks were one of my most highly anticipated ones, right next to spending time in Colombia for what I think to be obvious reasons. But was the time I’d be spending in and around Torres del Paine national park. … Continue reading Hiking with New Friends
14. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. And definitely don’t be afraid of fixing mistakes. The only thing worse than not making a decision for fear of consequence is ignoring a consequence. I always regretted not going on a semester abroad in college. But that doesn’t mean I couldn’t take my own semester abroad. My … Continue reading 14 Days
15. Be hungry. Don’t be satisfied and don’t accept the status quo just because. The world is because someone said so. It can be if you say otherwise. Taking time off has been a great way to renew that hunger for me personally. Taking a vacation or just a weekend trip to decompress can be … Continue reading 15 Days
Let me tell you, there is nothing quite like traveling alone. It will bring you up against some of your strongest fears, force you to confront difficulties, and create confidence. There are also no competing itineraries as anything you want to do can be done. But it also creates so much time to yourself, which can be frightening. … Continue reading Going Solo through Patagonia
16. Steer clear of judgment. People are beautiful if only observed under the proper light. Enjoy all the colors they may shine. It’s so easy to judge because it’s a natural thing to do. We’ve needed to judge our surroundings for survival and many other reasons in human history but it can also be toxic … Continue reading 16 Days