Wednesday, September 21, 2011

let's find some beautiful place to get lost

lately i've been trying to find inspiration in everything around me; however, spending 8+ hours a day in a small office working makes it very challenging. i found this list of "50 things to do before you die" on the matador network site; lists like this one leave me with this huge desire to just leave work, our house, and our routine. all i need is j, townes, a backpack and a bit of funds. one day we will make this happen - we have to.

here are some of my favorite from the list of 50 things to do and i hope it brightens up your day and your spirit!

1. Set foot on each of the seven continents. Antarctica might seem like a tough one, but here’s how. Once you’ve reached all seven you can truly call yourself a world traveler.
2. Cross a country on a bicycle. A bicycle tour takes some planning, but it beats being separated from a country though a passenger-side window.
3. Ride something bigger than a horse. Trekking through the jungle on the back of a two story tall elephant will surely be something you remember forever.
4. Live like a local for a month. The experience of visiting native peoples will give you way more insight into another way of life than two years hopping from one backpacker ghetto to the next.
5. Travel India by train. With its extensive rail network, this mode of transport is the best way to see one of the world’s most colorful and diverse countries.
6. Climb one of the world’s Seven Summits. Climbing mountains is not for the faint-hearted, but everyone has had a dream of standing atop one.
7. Dance Tango in Argentina.
8. SCUBA in the Great Barrier Reef. The largest coral reef in the world is a must for dive enthusiasts. It is the world’s most unique aquatic environment.
9. Volunteer abroad for a month.
10. Visit the source of one of the world’s great rivers. Great rivers, like the Nile, have humble beginnings.
11. Climb an active volcano.
12. Buy a boat and learn to sail. Before the Brothers Wright, everyone traveled by wind power. It’s still the most sustainable way to travel there is.
13. Travel around the world. Sure, you could do this without ever setting foot outside of planes and airports, but few people ever truly traverse the entire globe. Round the world tickets are great for budget-minded wanderers.
14. Teach English in a foreign country. Sure, it’s a way to fund your travels, but also the experience of a lifetime.
15. Attend a music festival in another country.
16. Be in the stands when two rival South American club teams play each other in soccer. Soccer (sorry, football) is a passion for most of the world’s population.
17. Visit the birthplace or gravesite of a cultural icon. Could be Che Guevara or Picasso or Levi Strauss or the guy who invented widgets; anyone you think is important. .
18. Bike the Pacific Coast Highway.

"there is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.” - charles dudley warner

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