When was the last time you were so excited you [almost] weed yourself?
You know, a journey of unplanned, unexpected, unfathomable epicness…
Yes take some precautions, make sure you have water and toilet paper.
Remember to breathe.
And then, once you’ve successfully tricked yourself into believing you’re ready, run out the door.
Most of the stuff you think is important, you won’t even need.
Trust me [I’m a gypsy]!
|I started my last cycle tour without a bicycle.
I started walking, and I let it find me on the way.
|Can you spot the subtle differences between the other cycle tourists I met along the way and my set up?|
Take a tent. Find a haystack. Sleep under bridges
Couch Surf, Squat, use Tinder
Beaches, caves, trees, fields, barns, stranger’s homes and gardens…
There will always be somewhere for you to rest your weary head.
|A Lekeberg lake, Sweden|
|A fragrant field of manure, Sweden|
|A friendly farm. Germany|
|A forest lake, Sweden|
|In a field of flowers, Sweden|
|Living it up on a pile of hay, Northern Germany|
|In a field of wind turbines, Germany|
|On some vacant lawn of a wealthy upper-class suburb, Sweden|
You will dry.
When you head out on adventure there may be times you feel completely lost and alone.
You will often wish that you had someone to talk to, to share experiences and challenges with.
But throwing yourself out of your comfort zone and into the mercy of the world will lead you to some of the most fantastic humans you can[t] imagine.
|These legends at iRecycle (Stockholm) gave me laughs, kitted me out with a bicycle, and coated me with hope for the adventure that lay ahead.|
|My first flat tyre led me to meet my new Iranian friend and a BBQ and a trance party and pizza.|
|There will be other adventurers of the road too!|
|And you never know when it might be a friendly refugee or an elderly person [or both] that will take you in for fika (Swedish tea time)|
|You might run into old friends along the way|
|Or you may be accosted on the side of the highway and be forced to party and laugh and sing with strangers.|
|A friendly stranger may see you struggling and simply pick up your 50+ kg bicycle and carry it up the stairs for you.|
This is when adventures are at their best!
You are often far away from where you ought to be, but you will find you are always exactly where you need to be.
Seriously, you really don’t need much to explore.
It’s up to you how comfortable you want your trip to be.
You can budget for hotels and fine dining restaurants.
But you can also free camp and cook your own [delicious] meals.
Travelling by bicycle or by thumb are basically free.
But you can also take cars, motorbikes, buses, trains and private planes…
You could spend millions.
But you can also survive seven weeks on $13.70 (tried and tested)
Don’t be ridiculous!
Everyone needs an adventure.
Everyone needs to be challenged.
Everyone needs to push themselves to realize what their bodies are capable of.
If you don’t ever leave your comfort zone, how will you grow?
Start your adventure NOW.
You will find what you need along the way.
If you’re still not convinced, watch this: