A Beginner’s Guide to Living a Life of Adventure and Travel

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To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” -The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

I remember the first time I played The Legend of Zelda for Nintendo.

Your character is just a little kid, dropped in a big scary world, with no instruction. You see a cave, and an old man says, “It’s dangerous to go alone. Take this.” You are handed a sword, and thus begins your adventure. You go on to climb mountains, cross seas, explore caves, conquer dungeons, and save the world.

Link taught us that the world is out there to explore. Yes, it’s dangerous, and nobody’s going to hold your hand the entire time…but epic adventure awaits.

And isn’t that what our parents taught us as well?  We’re encouraged to go anywhere and do anything we set our minds to.  We dream of seeing far off lands, going on amazing adventures, and becoming something like an astronaut.

And then we grow up.

We set this idea of adventure aside until “things get less busy,” “when I can afford it,” or “when the timing is right.”  We quietly brush aside this desire for our adventure, watch movies that take place in exotic locations, and get lost in books about heroic characters that save the day.

Well children, today you are planning your adventure. Whether on the far side of the globe or the far side of your town – the world awaits.

My not so secret life

Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Last week, I watched “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

This movie sends Walter (played by Ben Stiller), a risk-averse desk jockey who daydreams of being adventurous, on a worldwide adventure that had me smiling and laughing throughout.

Walter Mitty

Please watch this movie this week: rent it on Amazon, download it on iTunes, get it out of Redbox,or pirate it. I don’t care, just watch it.

Had I watched this movie six years ago, I would have spent the next few hours daydreaming of life like Walter, longboarding through Iceland, climbing the Himalayas, and jumping into shark infested waters….and then have gone back to a normal life.

And I think that’s the reaction a lot of people experience these days: “What a great piece of fiction! Must be nice…now back to my regularly scheduled programming.”

However, since making a concerted effort since taking Nerd Fitness full time 3.5 years back, I I try to take a different attitude when encountering books, movies, and games full of adventure.   

Instead of living vicariously through the character in the movie, I try to see if there’s a an equivalent real world adventure to be had:

  • After spending my years watching James Bond flicks, I decided instead to become him, and lived a weekend in Monaco like James Bond.
  • After spending my youth watching Top Gun, I found out I could actually fly a stunt plane. So I did.
  • Playing games like Uncharted or Assassin’s Creed made me want to explore ancient ruins and cities. So I did, exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru and Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

I’m not telling you these things to impress you or show off, but rather to impress upon you what happens when a risk-averse, picky-eating nerd decides to take works of fiction and dedicate his life to making them a reality!

So, when I watched The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, watching Ben Stiller longboarding through the stunning Icelandic landscape, I immediately thought: “What are the next steps I can take to make this a reality?”

Four years ago, I actually rearranged my entire life around these adventures, asked you to help me put it together, and then set off on a worldwide journey to kick things off.

I called it my Epic Quest of Awesome.  And it allowed me to exercise around the world:

Exercising Around the World:

Over the past handful of months, you’ll notice that I haven’t crossed anything new off my list, and I haven’t leveled up.  It certainly wasn’t intentional – it just kind of “happened.”

Like those few pounds that add up every year unexpectedly…

Like those dreams and goals we had that got shelved then forgotten…

Sound familiar?  Sure, I’ve been traveling throughout the states to attend conferences, but I haven’t been focusing on the adventure part of Nerd Fitness – the reason I started Nerd Fitness to begin with!

Watching this movie jolted me back to life.

I realized I was spending all of my time and energy sitting at my desk focusing on the unimportant, not having the balance to my life that I discuss here on the site. I had to remind myself that I can’t expect the readers of Nerd Fitness to find balance and make healthy living and adventure a priority if I don’t do the same.

Get inspired, take action

Sunrise Adeventure

Like you and me, Walter Mitty has a problem. He day dreams, getting lost in his brain dreaming thinking of all the things he WANTS to do, never actually doing anything.  He uses these mini-escapes to satisfy his desire to HAVE adventure, without actually having to take the step of doing so.

I want to ask you: what do you day-dream of doing but never get closer to accomplishing?

  • Is there a place you’ve always wanted to go?
  • An activity you’ve always wanted to complete?
  • An event you’ve always wanted to attend?

Think back to the last great movie you saw, or the last great book you read.  Where did it take place?  Regardless of whether it’s fiction or not fiction, I bet there’s an adventure within that story that made you say “I want to go to there.”

I’ve been refocusing my efforts on the Epic Quest list, and plotting the next adventure.  For starters:

  • I went Skeet shooting last week for the first time, and even hit a few targets!
  • Soon I’ll begin Krav Maga lessons, getting me one step closer to becoming a real life Jason Bourne.
  • I’m close to nailing five consecutive strict muscle ups, and less than a month from 60 second handstand balancing.
  • I’ve been playing WAY more music lately; my friend Adam Moore and I had our second official “band” practice the other night, and I’m on the hunt for a violin instructor to start lessons.
  • This summer I’m off to a foreign land: either Croatia for The Yacht Week or something equally epic.

There are no words that can describe that feeling that results from how ALIVE you feel when you get to experience these once-in-a-lifetime (or first-in-a-lifetime) moments.

I have no doubt that these moments improve us in all facets, from our personal lives to our professional lives.

Richard Branson, one of my heroes, built one of the largest, most popular and successful companies in the world while prioritizing personal adventures and challenges throughout.

Why do it at all?

Why do it

I have to expect some people are reading this and saying “why do it at all? I’m content where I am doing what I am doing.”  And that’s awesome. Though, for those in the other camp…those who feel a desire to do something new.

To feel curious. To explore.  To be reminded that the world in which we live is absolutely amazing.  For those people, Mark Twain said it best:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

For far too many of us though, we can satisfy that curiosity from the comfort of our couch or with the character in a story, movie or game.

And I get it:

  • “Steve, I have a real job. I can’t go galavanting around the globe.”
  • “Steve I have a family, I have to prioritize them first.”
  • “Steve, I just want to lose weight and I’m happy with my games, books, and movies.

We all have obligations, things that are important to us, and things that need to be done.  And I don’t expect everybody to quit their jobs, shirk all responsibilities and become nomads.

However, I do want to challenge you to think differently.  After all, one of the Rules of the Nerd Fitness Rebellion is to “question everything,” including how you spend your hours each day and what’s REALLY important to you.

I want you to question everything:

  • Is that bigger house, or new car going to bring you happiness? Is more money? Studies say no.
  • Is there any reason you can’t save a bit longer and take your family/spouse on your trip with you?
  • Do you really not have the time, or are you prioritizing the unimportant?
  • Is working more and more the answer?  According to the top 5 regrets of the dying, nope.

I’m doing everything in my power to make sure this life is a life worth living.  I know I could get hit by a bus tomorrow, or I could live to be 115 years old.

Either way, each day is an opportunity to enjoy the gift I’ve been given – a beating heart, a healthy body, and an active brain – or the chance to take it for granted.

The challenge

Temple

Today I am going to challenge you.

I want you to dust off that bucket list you’ve had for years, but never actually done anything with.  It’s time to cross something off.  Specifically, something that brings you happiness, a sense of awe, or causes you to lose track of time.

Think carefully about this adventure.

It doesn’t need to be a crazy trip to a foreign country (though that’s okay too), but it does need to be something that challenges and excites you.  It doesn’t need to be a place, but something that reminds you today is a great day to be alive.

If you find yourself stuck in a rut, or that you feel like you’re drifting through life instead of truly enjoying it, maybe shaking things up and going on an adventure is exactly what you need. Pushing your limits doesn’t feel natural for most of us. And once we start, it takes dedication to avoid getting “comfortable” – it happened to me!

As a bookworm and nerd myself, I wanted to share with you my favorite resources for inspiring me to get off my ass and get out there and explore.  I watch these things to remind me of two things:

  • The world is full of places that are so beautiful, they are beyond words.
  • The world is full of amazing people who do amazing things and can help you do the same.

A Story for Tomorrow (I watch this at least once a week):

Where the Hell is Matt (the video that inspired me to travel):

My TEDx Talk on how I turned my life into a game:

Along with these quick hits of inspiration, these are my favorite books that will encourage you to have an adventure:

The 4-Hour Workweek The book that started it all for me – I read this book, and bought NerdFitness.com two days later.  Even if you have no desire to start your own business or travel, the first section of this book is worth the price alone.  I equate it to Neo waking up in the real world for the first time in the Matrix.

The Alchemist – I didn’t actually read this book until half-through my round-the-world adventure, but it made me feel like I was on the right path.

How to Travel the World for $50 a DayIf you’re somebody that DOES want to travel, check out this resource from my buddy Nomadic Matt, simplifying travel for even the most daunting of trips.

Common excuses, demolished

excuses

“Steve, I can’t go on a grand worldwide adventure! I can’t spend time away from my job/city/apartment.”

That’s okay, you can ABSOLUTELY still have adventures while living a normal and having a normal job  – it just means you need to plan out your adventures further in advance.  And who says adventures have to take you outside of your home town?  Remember The Goonies? They found adventure right in their own back yard, and so can you.

“I’m not rich and can’t afford a trip.”  Who said adventures have to be expensive?

But let’s first make sure you’re not just using this as excuse.  Do you have cable TV? Do you rack up giant bar tabs each weekend?  Every time we spend a dollar, we are voting on what our priorities are.  Once you get past basic “food, clothing, and shelter,”

I have a friend that’s has a moderate salary as a teacher, but goes on fantastic adventures that she’ll be telling her grandkids about some day.  How does she do it? She doesn’t own a TV, she has a 6-year old laptop, and a very basic wardrobe. She’s voted that adventure is important to her, so that’s where her disposable income goes.

You get to choose where your money goes – spend wisely and adventure awaits!  

“I have a wife/husband and kids and a regular job.”  Fantastic. Include them!  This might push back how soon you can go on your adventure, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have adventures.  I know tons of families that have chosen to buck the trend and have adventure – there are some amazing examples in the documentary “I’m Fine Thanks,” which is well worth the $5.

“I’m afraid; I can’t travel alone or I don’t feel safe.”  This is a concern I had as well; after all, all we hear about on the news here in the States is how every place in the world is dangerous.

And yes, I realize that there are more things that females to worry about with solo travel (please read my friend Jodi’s amazing article about this subject).

I can only speak from my personal experiences, but I’ll tell you that I’ve been to six continents and a few dozen countries and only felt truly unsafe twice: biking down a mountain in Peru, and climbing a mountain in Alaska – neither situation involved danger from other humans, just danger from my own stupidity 🙂

You can get hit by a bus tomorrow, or a piano could fall on your head.   We can’t control when we die, but we can control how much of an adventure we’ve had before the credits roll.

But…” Before you send another “but Steve” in my direction, I really want you to think about them.  Are they REAL excuses? Or are they merely things you continue to tell yourself to make you feel better about not having an adventure?

I’ve found that with most of my excuses, they were a scapegoat for me to avoid taking action.

Go forth. Explore.

Borobudur Adventure

Hopefully at this point you are inspired to remind yourself that you are alive today. That you’re getting healthy with the help of the Nerd Fitness community, 

I want you to have a grand adventure.  I want you to feel that moment of “I can’t believe this is happening now” and “how did I get here?”

  • If it’s a place you want to visit, set a date for when you are going to go, and set aside your first dollar.
  • If it’s an event you want to attend, spend 10 minutes today researching what it will take to get you there.
  • Maybe it’s a new instrument or art class – spend 10 minutes today putting the firs step in place to make it happen.
  • If it’s an adventure within your own country/state/town, take the first step.

Curiosity is amazing and part of what makes us human.  ACTING on that curiosity is what makes us Nerd Fitness Rebels.

Remember, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. However, hope without action leaves us locked up.

I want to hear from you:

  • What is ONE adventure you are NOW actively working towards, and the FIRST step you’re taking TODAY to bring it to reality? (Or a barrier and how you are going to overcome it.)
  • If you are somebody that’s not interested in adventure, I’d love to hear from you too: what’s another way that you plan on challenging yourself, and what are you doing TODAY about it?

I’m going to bribe you, too.  Leave a comment, and answer the question above.  We’ll pick a winner at random and give them a free NF shirt.  Why is leaving a comment important? Because it makes your goals active and public. It puts them out there in the world.

Get started.

-Steve

PS: If you are interested in learning more about actually planning out the details of a trip, I highly recommend you check out another resource I wrote over a year ago called “How to Finally Accomplish that Big Item on your Bucket List,” which goes into tactical detail on how to make it a reality.

THIS WEEK’S REBEL HERO: Julia H in the Grand Canyon:

Julia H

From Julia: “Hi there!  “I figured a precarious out-crop of rocks at the Grand Canyon would be a great place for a NF shirt photo, I hope you guys like it!”

Um, yes. We love it. Julia, thanks for reppin’ the Rebellion and being such a badass, and actively seeking out adventure.  I shall do 100 push ups in your honor 🙂

Wanna be the next Rebel Hero?  Take a picture of you doing something epic in your Nerd Fitness gear and email us at Contact@NerdFitness.com – we’ll be posting these at the ends of articles and on our new Nerd Fitness Instagram account (@Nerd_Fitness).

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photo source: David Pickett: Lego Movie, Trey Ratcliff: Temple, Beat Kung: Amazon, Trey Ratcliff: Borobudur, Trey Ratcliff: Sunrise

 

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193 thoughts on “A Beginner’s Guide to Living a Life of Adventure and Travel

  1. Thanks for this, Steve, it was really the kick in the pants I needed, as your posts always seem to be. You’ve inspired me to do my first solo camping/hiking trip this summer, in one of the beautiful state parks in TN.

  2. One day, I’m going to watch the sun set from a rooftop in Florence. One day.

  3. Making an “Adventure” category in my budget as soon as I get home. Slashing several other categories to immediately funnel money into this category. Adventure awaits!

  4. Very well said CzechIt.
    I really enjoy common adventures of bucket lists. But there is no doubt the biggest adventures are inside us, not outside!

  5. After reading this post and the “How to Finally Accomplish…” one, I’m finally planning a trip I’ve been wanting to take for years: I’m taking the first week of September of this year off from work and riding my motorcycle from New Hampshire to Arkansas and back by myself. Thank you, thank you, for writing this…I needed to hear it. I’m so excited. I’ll send you pictures from the trip!

  6. Thanks for the great boost. I’ve been wanting to start my own business but haven’t had the guts to take the next steps. Instead of complaining about needing a second income I need to make the second income.

  7. Today I laid down for a nap, on my phone I started reading this article before sleeping. Once I got to the “A Story for Tomorrow” video, I dropped my phone, hopped out of bed, and did two things from my bucket-list. BOOM.

    Those two things are: mountain biking and learning the mysterious art of bookbinding!

    Here’s me going 100 MPH and getting 76 quadrillion feet of air on a dirt ramp: http://tinypic.com/r/24lknfb/8

    Here’s the book I made with my own two hands: http://i57.tinypic.com/6fo510.jpg

    I did all this on two hours of sleep, too! Man, was that video inspiring!

    My body came crashing down into the earth about 5 times while biking but I avoided any serious injury! Then the bookbinding workshop took place in a brewery so we all got free beer. And I STILL managed to thread a needle… TWICE! It was a blast.

    (Disrelated side note: all the bookbinding workshop attendees other than myself were freelance beekeepers. Strangest coincidence ever.)

    Thanks, Kamb! Going to bed, now.

    -Daniel

  8. This is awesome.

    Glad you didn’t hurt yourself on the biking, and that book looks freaking SWEET! Very well done…and congrats on taking immediate action. +2 for you 🙂

    -Steve

  9. Next month I’ve got 2 big adventure s planned. Buying my first home in a new town with my girlfriend and next weekend I’m doing the biggest obstacle course in the world! 20 miles and 200 obstacles! Roped a few friends into it as well! All the best from Blighty!

  10. Denver is my favorite city on Earth. More than Paris, New York, LA, Madrid and Bettendorf, IA. You’ll love it. Tons of breweries, tons of coffee-shops. It is super clean and well-kept (especially in downtown). And then you have a crescent of mountains to bordering the metropolitan area to the west. It’s just beautiful. I was just there! I stayed with my aunt who has a house in a little town right by Denver called Golden. In golden there are these three enormous hilly/mohntainy rock formations called the Mesas. They’re hiker-friendly and really tall and overlook the entire Denver area and two of the mesas are flat on top (which is bizarre and epic at the same time) and i just can’t say enough about how much I love the denver area! There is a very old bar/cigar lounge in a very historic building in downtown that is my favorite place on Earth. If you’re into a chillaxed place like that I’ll tell you all about it!!

  11. I do not know what i wud do, but i would surely shake up my system, get out of the routine, and prove to my mind beyond doubt that i’m better than i think i am. Very inspiring. Great going Steve!

  12. Also, I must say another thing about Denver–specifically the large downtown area:
    For me, It is the most comfortable to be in. When I’m just standing on the sidewalk there I am at ease. I feel a dramatic decrease in “general human anxiety”. It’s like my mind is relaxing in a jaccuzi. I feel so noticeably more composed there than anywhere else. Can’t recommend it enough.

  13. Good to hear because I hate Paris! The Mesas sound amazing, I’ll definitely have to check them out when I get some free time. I would love to hear about the bar/cigar lounge! I love historic buildings and bars. Sounds like Denver has definitely impressed you. I can’t wait to have my mind feel like it’s relaxing in a jaccuzi 🙂

  14. My biggest challenge for the short term is giving birth to my first child (ANY day now). While I’m excited, I recognize an even greater challenge begins after the babe enters the world. I don’t want to wait for my new life to begin, instead I want to build the life that I want– a challenge of sorts when you’re adjusting to so much. Three months after the baby is born my husband and I are moving to East Timor to live and work. Some say that’s going to be a huge challenge but for us, it’s all a part of our master plan to live life on our terms.

  15. Instead of just telling myself I am going to lose weight and get in shape. I have set a goal to climb Mount Baker. That won’t be until next year around August or September. It is going to take a lot of physical and mental gains, but all of those gains will lead me up that mountain. Also I have lots to learn, like how to camp, just to name the first. All of it will be a grand adventure. To kick off my training I have started walking down and then back up the stairs at my office (11th floor). Next week it will be time to add one more floor.

  16. I’m going for a motorcycle ride, one I’ve been putting off for a while, tonight after work!

  17. Awesome!
    Ok so it’s located in the “Brown Palace Hotel”. You go in, notice the beautiful lobby with the ornate ceiling, and go forward and a bit to the left. It is called Churchill Bar and is right next to the Palace Arms restaurant. They share a door. Walk into the door and the Churchill bar is to the right. Go in and enjoy. You can sit on a comfy leather chair or a comfy leather bar stool or a comfy leather couch! You can also pretend like your a filthy rich lawyer or banker, if you like. Whatever you do, you get +10 Classiness just for being there!
    If you want me to talk about Denver some more just say the word!
    -Daniel

  18. I really want to go kayaking.
    Had fun going canoing with my friends for 3 hours. Gotta lose some weight so I can fit in a kayak first

  19. I want to get my scuba diving advance certification. I’ve been very hesitant about spending the extra money on it. But just yesterday after reading another article I called the shop to find out exactly how much money I have to spend. They have a class coming up next week and the next one will be in July. After reading this I’ve decided I’m going tomorrow to sign up for next week’s class.

  20. My husband and I were both in the military and spent quite a few years over seas, traveling, working and getting to do many things others don’t. We waited to have children and now that we are older, in our 40’s, and settled in with children we have become grudgingly content with the average day to day rut. We’ve talked numerous times about getting out and doing something, anything, and this post is a great reminder of what we really need to be doing. We homeschool and part of what we want our children to learn is to break away from the norm and think outside the box. The kids and I watched Walter Mitty last night, great movie, and it reinforced what needs to be done. We don’t need to travel far to do something exciting. It’s easy to forget just how much can be done right at home so with a list of local events, especially hiking, in hand the family and I are going to find at least one local thing to do each month if not more often.

  21. Awesome 😀 I’ve also planned on moving to New Zealand but in november. Can’t believe that someone else also had that in mind. You are doing a great job! Keep up the good work!

  22. Totes magotes!
    I also give travel tips for Clearwater, FL Missoula, MT Davenport, IA and Salamanca, Spain. Daniel the very selective travel agent, ever at your service.

  23. Ok, just did another thing from my bucketlist!
    I never thought this one would ever happen:
    Work at a classic american diner.
    I just got a job at one from the 1950s!

  24. New Zealand seems like the popular place to go these days. I really love it over there. 🙂

  25. What!!??
    No way. That’s some freaky coincidence right there! Wow, okay. I grew up in Clearwater I also lived in Belleair (a little town offshooting from Clearwater to the south. It’s where rich old people go to die, play golf and insist that nothing change.) Clearwater’s main asset is its beaches and sunsets. Clearwater Beach is 10 minutes West of downtown. Lots to do there. 15 minutes North is downtown Dunedin where there’s cool eateries. 45 minutes east (and across a causeway with a beautiful view, and laying across the enormous bay) is downtown Tampa. 40 minutes south is St. Petersburg. Those distances are with downtown Clearwater as a reference point, btw. Now you might find my tips boring because I like walking in spacious places to look at things a LOT. But it’s up to you. Do what you like!

    Clearwater:

    Wednesday morning there’s a little farmer’s market in downtown Clearwater.
    Check out the Clearwater beach bridge which offshoots from downtown Clearwater, goes across a couple miles of “inter-coastal” waters to Clearwater beach proper. The bridge curves in the air and is quite beautiful. You can park underneath it and walk around it–highly recommend. Also, be sure to drive over the bridge within an hour of sunset–it’s quite a view.
    Go to the beach. If you have time, I recommend going to Clearwater beach and walking North for a few hours. Depending on the tides you may be able to make it all the way to Caladesi Island–a nature park island. It’s a beautiful walk since it’s on the beach. They tell the tourists “you can only access Caladesi by ferry!” But I walked there once so that’s a lie!
    Go to Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill at 7 Rockaway St
    Clearwater Beach, FL 33767-1739. Get something with grouper in it because in Clearwater you must try the grouper! Don’t confuse it for the 1 million other Frenchy’s eating establishments nearby. This one’s on the beach. (You could literally fall of your chair and land on the beach.) Don’t feed the seagulls! They’ll flock and poop on your face.

    Belleair:

    Go to the wildflower cafe! They’ve been around for longer than I can remember and the locals dig it so much. Try a mimosa! Try their brunch! 1465 S Fort Harrison Ave
    Clearwater, FL 33756-2505.
    Go to this humble little park in Belleair: (preferably within an hour of sunset) Address: Bay Front Park
    400 (ish) Bayview Dr
    Clearwater, FL 33756
    It has low hanging trees and dogs and some nice houses and a great view of the inter-coastal waters and the “Sand Key” islands with their neat skyline of condominiums. It’s a good place to stretch the eyes! It’s a skinny strip of land just for you to walk along. And it’s in a well-to-do neighborhood!

    Indian Rocks Beach/Sand Key:

    Try out the humble Cafe Paris restaurant at 2300 Gulf Blvd
    Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785-3000. I recommend a breakfast crepe. You can leave your car parked there and walk along the Sand Key beach!
    Go here to park your car (it’s public parking and some public tennis courts):
    1545 (ish) Gulf Blvd
    Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
    And then cross the street and walk along the sidewalk till you find one of the pathways going between the huge condo complexes and walk down it to get to to the beach. Now walk north (towards the many tall condos) and walk for an hour or two until you reach the end of the Sand Key island and walk back. It’s one of my favorite walks (especially on the return journey) because you have monumental condocomplexes, the clouds, the stars, the ocean and the beach all to look at. Look at them one after the other as it pleases you. But you’re not aloud to think too much on this walk. Mostly looking! It can be done at any time of the day or night. At night there are much les people (often none) and it becomes the most peaceful place away from everything!

    Dunedin:

    People like downtown dunedin for it’s quaint restaurants. Here’s a random location in downtown Dunedin: 310 Main St
    Dunedin, FL 34698-5732. Pick a restaurant any restaurant! Be sure to drive there via Edgewater Dr (aks “19”) as its on the edge of the water and looks great. It’s also a really old road!

    St. Pete:

    If you don’t mind the commute, then visit downtoen St. Petersburg. It’s the most happenin’ area in Tampa. Check out the pier: The Pier
    800 2nd Ave NE
    Saint Petersburg, FL 33701-3521
    Then walk aling the nice parks which are right by the pier. Play around in the giant banyan trees at the parks!
    Then visit that fancy looking museum building with the pillars and what not. It’s full of ancient, classic and modern art. A really impressive collection–including some Monets.
    If you’re into his weirdness then visit the Salvador Dali museum. It’s a unique, beautiful building and the greatest monument to Dali’s legacy (other than his personal museum in Spain). It’s here: 1 Dali Blvd.
    Saint Petersburg, FL 33701-3920. I’m a fan of him when he’s not being too weird!
    Most importantly, go to the Cassis American Brasserie just for the Bagels With Lox Eggs Benedict. It’s eggs benedict on top of bagels with lox. But it’s more than that–it’s a spiritual experience for your mouth! Address: 170 Beach Dr NE
    Saint Petersburg, FL 33701

    Tampa:

    Then if your willing to go to Tampa, there’s the Oxford Exchange. It’s at 420 W Kennedy Blvd
    Tampa, FL 33606-1413. Not sure what it is but pretty sure they do food. It has a stellar reputation for being awesome. Never been but can’t wait to go someday!
    Then while in Tampa walk along the river in downtown here to look at things and relax for 20 minutes or so: 100 N Ashley Dr
    Tampa, FL 33602-5304.
    There’s some big malls in Tampa you can visit.
    You must try a cuban sandwich in Tampa! They were invented there. If you feeling adventurous then go to Bajareke’s Cuban Sandwich shack! It’s literally a questionable shack with a parking lot. It’s super cheap and not at all the best quality. Weirdest eatery ever! Get a cuban sandwich “with everything” on it and a mango juice and a guava pastry. Gotta have that guava pastry. They will definitely speak spanish and possibly not english! I recommend taking it out and eating it at that place I just mentioned you can walk along the river–they are near eachother. Only go here if you have a good sense of humor because it’s a funny choice. 🙂
    Other than that, while your in Tampa go to Busch Gardens if you don’t mind paying for a. Awesome theme park with epic rollercoasters (among other things).

    That’s all I can think of off the top of my head right now. Have fun!

  26. Holy crap!! You weren’t kidding. Now I wish I was staying here for longer so I could do every single thing you mentioned. I’m actually staying on Clearwater Beach so I will definitely be doing everything you mentioned.

    I’m especially partial to walking around and looking at cool things/nature so your suggestions are great. Plus I had no idea there was a Dali museum nearby, totally going to that.

    I wasn’t planning on going to Tampa except for the airport but now I’m thinking I’m going to have to try one of those cuban sandwiches. I love questionable eateries.

    Thank you times a million. Who knew I would find the perfect travel advisor on this blog!

  27. Wow great post! All I can say is this was the push I needed. I am back going full speed ahead at my big goals. Yesterday I grabbed a big cup of coffee and planned out my whole week with the apollo planner (http://www.apolloplanner.com/) and it’s filled with ACTION steps to get me closer to my goals. Thanks again for the kick!

  28. Hell yeah Kelly! Love it…scuba is one of the coolest things ever – it’s like you’re exploring another planet 🙂

  29. Wow. I’ve spent the last 20 minutes reading this inspiring blog post that has made me feel that moment of “I have the ability to have an adventure”. Traveling all around the world has always been in my bucket list, but not until today it became my #1 task to check off.
    I love having adventures, it’s just sometimes the people around me give me this look of ‘what in the world are you going to do?’ Especially my parents. They’re always saying to me ‘don’t do this’ or ‘your not using your head.’ Yes at some times I don’t exactly think before I do but I believe it’s up to me to make my own decision. All I want them to here from me is ‘yes I can do this and yes I want to’. If I have the braveness and the perseverance of wanting to accomplish something, you’ll see me doing it.
    I watched the video of “A Story for Tomorrow”. It’s incredible. Do you know exactly where that couple had traveled? Because the scenery looked beautiful. That video made me feel the same way you did when you first saw it. So now, I feel empowered to do what I really want to do.
    One of those amazing adventures I’m dying to accomplish is… traveling to every country in Europe. I want to hike, bike, try new foods, learn about important cities+towns, visit people, and most importantly having an adventure of a life time. Steve, you are so right. Adventure is what makes your life complete. It’s what makes you happy. And I’m going to work hard in order to reward myself for those upcoming adventures.
    What’s your favorite adventure that you took?

  30. Well, of I tried. He declined my invite, but I didn’t stop there. An offer of my phone number was given. He too declined this, because he is getting married this Summer. Irony at it’s best. At least I challenged myself and completed what I set out to do. On to the next!

  31. This is just fantastic!!
    I’m so excited for you.
    I’m thrilled to be able to give someone my strange advice and for them to actually receive it well!!
    I know I threw in a lot, lol. Whatever you do do, let me know how it goes so I can have a vicarious vacation back home!
    And how brave you are for going to bajareke’s sandwich shack!
    You’re the coolest, Alysia Craingi!
    -Daniel

  32. Omg. I am pretty sure this was written for me. Or at least I think so. I am turning 50 this summer and have such an urgency to live the life worth living. I have already done and seen much but sort of put it all of to raise kids. My husband and I have taken to doing desert adventures-going to the Maze this month and I want to get a dirt bike. I don’t know how to ride one but I am going to learn.

  33. I know what you mean. I do much rather have a friend on a trip. But we should be perfetly fine to be alone, even on a long jorney! This is part of knowing our inner selves and be happy with us!

  34. I know this thread is 9 months old, but I’m thrilled to see so much love for Denver! I’ve lived here my whole life and loved it my whole life.
    Hope your stay in the past 9 months has been nothing short of spectacular!

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