Anyone who has attended my lectures knows that I am a strong advocate for getting out and seeing the world. If you ever need any inspiration to do just that, I recommend picking up a copy of Once While Traveling. It is the story of the adventurous minds behind the indisputable masters of the guidebook, Lonely Planet. It’s at once a global adventure as well as a wild ride along the ups and downs of building a business with the most unlikely of entrepreneurs. Good reading. I highly recommend it.
I spent a season long ago as a botanist on the Carrizo Plain, one of the coolest landscapes I have ever encountered, so I was a bit dismayed this week that it’s National Monument status might be up for revision by the new presidential administration. Then I read that Patagonia (yes, the retailer) was standing up to the attack on monuments (read about it here). It brought to mind one of the most significant and impacting films I have seen about adventure and the environment, 180° South.
One that I wish I had known about and pursued when I was a student: whitewater guide. The major rafting companies offer guide programs programs every year. I recommend OARS. Check them out here.
Travel on the cheap by connecting with local organic farmers and putting in a little work in exchange for room and board. It’s called WWOOFing. It happens all over the world. Check it out here.