Ever thought about going on an adventure? Read this and then go.
Alastair Humphreys blows my mind.
The day I discovered his blog this summer was the day I decided that my life without a proper adventure would be like chips without ketchup. Impossible! So I’m planning my first little micro-adventure: Walking the entire Berlin wall path (160+ km) in April 2012 (it will be my way of saying goodbye to my beloved temporary home).
This man has done some amazing and unconventional trips, including a bike trip around the world (two years!), a walk across India (the length of the holy river Kaveri), a yacht race across the Atlantic, a walk across Iceland… and man, lots and lots more. His achievements are jaw-dropping to say the least. Even his micro-adventures (such as walking the M25 in England) will leave you intimidated.
Here is a small selection of my favorite blogposts:
So despite his impressive and almost intimidating adventure history, I decided to give it a shot and ask him for an interview. And although Alastair is about to row the Atlantic and thus just a tiiiiny bit busy preparing for that, he took a bit of time to answer my questions.
So I hope you still enjoy this short, but nonetheless awesome interview!
Conni: Why do you go on adventures / expeditions, i.e. what do you gain from them?
Alastair: For fun, challenge, escape, simplicity, solitude, curisoity, learning, joy, struggle and freedom.
Read more on his reasons: Why? / Why – 2? / Why – 3? / Why – 4? / Why – 5? / What do you do all day? / Geographical boundaries or human limits? / A new beginning / One wish: the sun and a morning run / Standing out / More fun and games in the Lake District
Conni: How do you overcome your fears when you do something new and walk into the unknown?
Alastair: Over time I have learned that I am capable (we all are capable) of so much more than I imagined I was. I try to make myself fear regrets rather than fear failing. And I think how much I might regret it if I give up and go home.
Conni: What advice can you give others who would like to make their life more adventurous and unconventional?
Alatair: DO IT! Have an idea and begin! Start small – I took a photo every day, I’m eating in restaurants from loads of different countries, I’ve had microadventures. And that all changes your mindset to get you ready for something big.
Conni: From where or what did/do you draw inspiration for the life you life and the adventures you undertake?
Alastair: From books, originally, from heroes who did great things. I wanted to see if I could do anything similar. And – a secret – I realised that these heroes are not heroes. They are just normal people like all of us. The only difference is that that they committed to doing something and then went and did it.
Conni: And lastly, what were three lessons you learned on your four-year biketrip around the world?
- The world is a good place. 99% of people are nice.
- We are capable of more than we realise.
- The hardest part of any project is having the nerve to begin it and generate momentum.
Thanks again, Al, for the interview and the very best for your rowing adventure and all the others that will follow!
Here is Alastair giving one of his charming and humorous talks at the Do Lectures!
Now go and check out his blog riiiiight here!