Travelling unconventionally isn’t always easy, but it is highly rewarding.
Unconventional Peeps – Part III: Different Ways to See the World
1. Daniel Baylis
On the day he turned 30, Daniel announced that he’d be leaving his job, apartment and city to make his dreams a reality. With one month left, Daniel has spent the last eleven months of 2011 in eleven different country around the globe. In each destination he partnered with a person or community organization and offered his time and labour in exchange for room and board. Right now, he’s in his last country: Australia.
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2. Alastair Humphreys
This man is one hell of an adventurer. He has cycled around the world, sailed across the Atlantic, canoed the length of a river, ran several marathons and loooots more. He’s the expedition man. And he’s pretty cool too.
Inspiring post: Adventure Will Change Your Life
3. Jodi Ettenberg
I met Jodi a couple of years ago in a hostel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I only had a tiny idea then what an amazing traveller and blogger she was and would be. She is a former lawyer from Montreal, who has been travelling since 2008 and is currently eating her way around the world, one country at a time. Check out her talk at the World Domination Summit “On Taking Risks, Long-Term Travel And Finding Your Path in Life”.
Inspiring Post: Jodi’s Amazing Travel Ressource Page
4. Colin Wright
If you’ve been following A Life of Blue for a bit, you might have come across the interview I recently did with Colin. In any case, he belongs to this list like the R in Rad. Colin moves to a new country every four months based on the votes of his readers, and has thus far lived in Argentina, Iceland, New Zealand, Thailand and India.
Inspiring Post: My Exile Lifestyle – Excerpt from Argentina
5. Caz & Craig
These guys have been travelling and living abroad since 1997 (!) – First solo, then as a couple, and now with their two young girls. So far they have visited over 35 countries and lived in 5: Australia, USA, England, Ireland, and Thailand. They really have made their life one big journey, and have no plans to stop.
Inspiring Post: Is it Safe to Travel the World?
6. Dervla Murphy
My heroine. Dervla is an Irish touring cyclist and author of adventure travel books for over 40 years. She wrote a book ‘Full Tilt’, which is about her overland cycling trip through Europe, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. She followed this by volunteering with Tibetan refugees in India and Nepal, and trekking with a mule through Ethiopia. Now in her late-70s, she continues to travel around the world and remains passionate about politics, conservation, bicycling and beer.
Website: Dervla Murphy / Sorry, no social media for Dervla
7. Dave Cornthwaite
Do you know this guy? Well, you really should. Dave is an English adventurer, writer and filmmaker. He is best known for his Expedition1000 project, a unique and ambitious plan to undertake 25 separate journeys of 1000 miles or more, each using a different form of non-motorised transport. To date he has completed three journeys from the project. He set a Guinness World Record for travelling the furthest distance by longboard after he skated 5823km (3618 miles) from Perth to Brisbane in Australia in 2006. Yeah, that’s Dave.
Inspiring: Philosophy of Adventure
8. Aukje van Gerven
Not too long ago, Aukje van Gerven jumped feet first into a giant washing machine. Before she jumped she was a legal professional and after the cycle had finished the end result was an author, adventurer and edutainer. She now creates captivating stories and short films from her experiences, to inspire others to seek new challenges and adventures within their personal lives.
9. Kate McCulley
Kate is the solo travel girl. For her, life’s too short to have regrets, which is why she likes to live the most interesting life possible by traveling the world and saying yes to just about anything. On her blog, she encourages women to take the plunge and travel solo as well.
Inspiring Post: Dear Ladies – This Can Be Your Life Too
10. Hugh Thomson
Hugh Thomson is a traveller, writer and film-maker who believes strongly that the world is not as explored as we like to suppose. He has produced several books and documentaries about his explorations and you can even join him on his trips.
Blog: The White Rock / He doesn’t do social media.
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Do you you know any other unconventional traveller or adventurer? What’s your travel dream adventure?
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[After compiling this list and doing the research, I’ve got a million and one travel ants in the pants. I’m super excited to be getting back on the road in a few months. One year in one place is quite a challenge for a life-long nomad like me!]
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