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5 places to live your next adventure in Norway

When talking about Norway, most people think of Oslo, the great beer houses, the fjords, and the majestic mountains. Ah – let’s not forget the extreme cold! What they don’t know is that it is a country full of different and unique places to visit, from the south to the north. In Norway, you’ll find a true natural paradise; the high, rugged mountains create a beautiful juxtaposition with the turquoise colored flat sea will make you feel alive again and at one with nature! And let’s not forget that Norway is a true paradise of all kind of activities!

The high, rugged mountains create a beautiful juxtaposition with the turquoise colored flat sea will make you feel alive again and at one with nature

 

Sunnmore Alps

If you’re a big fan of powdery snow, then this is the place for you. Of course, you can find snow pretty much anywhere in Norway, however, this is one of the few places you can go skiing while exposed the magnificent views of the fantastic fjords. The Sunnmore region is full of mountains with peaks that reach 1.700 m. Are you a hiking lover, or maybe you’re passionate about skiing, well then Sunnmore is the right place for you. Here you can go freeriding in one of the world’s most awe-inspiring places!

Sunnmore Alps

Recent years have seen night ski touring  gain massive popularity, rest assured that this is a real adrenaline pumping activity! Most people think that it’s more difficult than skiing during the day, but that’s just a big myth. Thanks to the strong light of your headlamp, your route will be lit brighter than during the day. If luck is on your side, you may even see the spectacular Northern Lights – this is by far one of the most popular reasons to why night ski touring has become one of the most coveted activities in Norway!

Sunnmore Night Skiing

Sunnmore Night Skiing

Saltstraumen

Water sports lovers can explore the Strait of Saltstraumen! The sumptuous landscape will leave you breathless and the sea currents are one of the strongest in the world! The whirlpools of the water can attain up to 10 meters, creating a fascinating natural phenomenon. When the current turns, the level of water lowers, making the strait navigable, where else could be more ideal for adventure lovers to swim and snorkel around. Would you dare snorkeling in this currents?

Actually, it’s not very dangerous. All snorkeling outings are conducted under the watchful eye of an expert instructor who makes it his top priority to take care of you. The number of fish to observe is immense! Schools of cods rose fish and the famous coal fish cross the current in great numbers, giving you the chance to observe them closely while snorkeling!

Saltstraumen Diving

Saltstraumen Diving

Svalbard

A real natural fairytale awaits you in Svalbard and Lonyearbyen. It’s one of the world’s few untouched places where nature still prevails. Here you’ll find exquisite backdrops that provoke your admiration instinctively. The endless glaciers embrace the dark blue waters of the ocean in a peaceful environment. The wild and remote Svalbard is covered in darkness during winter months, allowing you to experience something very special … the Aurora Borealis of the High Arctic! Watch stunned as the sky turns into a colourful palette as you’re enveloped into silence… This is the precise moment when you realize that Svalbard is one of Mother Nature’s finest masterpieces.

Svalbard

Svalbard

Adventure seekers will love the mushing excursion in Svalbard, it’s a great compromise for nature and animal fans. Ride a sled and let the guides take you on a Northern Lights outing over the dramatic glaciers. Under the brilliantly lit night sky, you’ll see the glowing white tops of mountains. End your polar excursion with some hot wine in relaxed arctic scenery. An outing not enough? Go for the 8-day mushing expedition in the wildlife of Svalbard! Thrilling, isn’t it?

Dog Sledding in Svalbard

Dog Sledding in Svalbard

Tromso

In the north of Norway, you’ll find a modern city that embraces nature in an exceptional way. Tromso is one of the most popular places to observe the Northern Lights. From September to March, thousands of people come to enjoy this exciting phenomenon. What’s even better is that you can start a mushing excursion in the frozen forests around Tromso and finish your day with a traditional meal with fresh fish from the Arctic. Other activities like hiking, dog sledding, kayaking, are also available to book in Tromso via Adrenaline-Hunter.com.

Tromso Restaurant

Tromso Restaurant

Unstad

Have you ever thought of surfing near the Arctic circle? Sounds crazy, right? Unstad Bay is the most northern spot on Earth where you can go surfing… and probably the coldest as well. However, kitted up in a good drysuit, you’ll be able to ride some of the best waves of the Arctic. It’s guaranteed to be a surfing experience like no other! Check also this article to see what it feels like!  Why not camp out in the bay during summer. This is an absolute must do for board sports fans looking for a new escapade!

Unstad

Unstad

You can find all the thrilling activities in Norway and book them through Adrenaline-Hunter.com! Adrenaline Hunter is the first online booking platform for extreme sports all around the world! Simply book and live your next adventure!

Unstad Surfing

Unstad Surfing

Havana, Cuba - Local traditional dance and music groups performing at annual street carnival night (photo by: Peeter Viisimaa, iStock)
Adventure ramble, Cuba

Why Should Cuba Be On Your Travel List?

I’m sure I’ll never be able to write a master piece such as “For Whom the Bell Tolls” as Hemingway is one and the inimitable. But, what I can do is travel to Cuba and visit some of his favourite places for relaxation with a glass of mojito or daiquiri in El Floridita and La Bodeguita del Medio.

If a genius like Hemingway recognized Cuba as a magical place, who are we to question that magic?

Pearl of the Antilles, Cuba, consists of one large and several small islands in the Caribbean Sea south of Florida, which already paints a picture of warm sunsets, doesn’t it?

Photo of an old Havana

Photo by: Julian Peters (iStock)

If you think that Cuba has beautiful beaches, revolutionary spirit, old-timers, colourful buildings, beautiful nature, and more beautiful women; you are right of course.

Let’s start our imaginary (for now) journey through the most beautiful places and landscapes of Cuba.

Before we “fly”, I have to draw your attention to something.

After 50 years, the USA and Cuba reached an agreement of direct flight and now there are 110 daily flights from the US to Cuba. What you might find peculiar, especially if you are a beer lover, is that there is a possibility that you will not get the expected cold beer in a café. Why? Americans drained out a lot of Cuba’s beer supplies and the brewery Bucanero is planning to build a new factory to meet the needs of tourists for beer.

If you think that Cuba has beautiful beaches, revolutionary spirit, old-timers, colourful buildings, beautiful nature, and more beautiful women; you are right of course

Old Havana (Havana Vieja)

OK, the first stop is of course Havana. It took me long time to decide what to write when it comes to Havana. There are so many things that could not fit into ten blog posts, so I decided to tell you about “Old Havana” or “Havana Vieja” which is also a UNESCO world heritage site.

The “Old Havana” depicts the life of Cuba exactly how it was more than a century ago. Again, we are back to Hemingway and the well known place where he enjoyed spending time, La Bodeguita del Medio.

If you lost your friends, or need to meet them somewhere in the “Old Havana”, the meeting spot will certainly be the most famous squarePlaza Vieja.

For those who love stories about pirates, battles, castles, and fortresses, there is a 16th-century fortress Castillo de la Real Fuerza. Why I am mentioning pirates you ask? The main role of this fortress was the defence against pirates, but since the attack never came it served as a storehouse for values and military residence.

If you lost your friends, or need to meet them somewhere in the “Old Havana”, the meeting spot will certainly be the most famous square Plaza Vieja.

Plaza Vieja

Plaza Vieja (iStock)

Originally built in the 16th century, it was a popular market place turned into an underground parking lot in the modern times and then at the initiative of Havana citizens restored.

Ernest Hemingway also had a house at the popular Cuba-wide (Calle Obispo). It is near the Cuban Central Park, rich in history and architecture, full of old hotels, museums, restaurants and there is even a herbal pharmacy museum where, needless to mention, you can buy herbal medicine.

That is not all you can see in “Havana Vieja” but it will get you started.

You will enjoy in naturally rounded limestone mountains, lush and mesmerizing vegetation that rest the eyes

For lovers of what only nature can create there is one of the most beautiful provinces, Pinar del Río. You will enjoy in naturally rounded limestone mountains, lush and mesmerizing vegetation that rest the eyes. Some of the notable people born here are painter Mario Bencomo, singer and songwriter Willy Chirino, boxer Yunieski Gonzalez, composer Rudy Pérez, and perhaps the most known today considering the popularity of Cypress Hill,  Sen Dog.

„Insane in the brain“ – for real.

Vinales Valley

Vinales Valley (iStock)

Our next stop may not include hedonism, however it doesn’t lack in historical significance.

Museum at Playa Girón depicts scenes of the Bay of Pigs invasion where you’ll see tanks, and soldiers’ personal items, while Museo de la Ciudad exhibits items from the time of the revolution.

Moving on to the incredible diving sights.

Diving in Cuba

The perfect place for diving is the Treasure Island. Varadero alone has 30 diving sites, while Isla de la Juventud (the island of youth) will literally make you feel younger while exploring the reefs around it. The island is not crowded (yet) and the ample marine life is something you want to see.  Another reef, which is also one of the world’s biggest reefs, is Cayo Coco, just find María la Gorda diving centre.

Diving in Cuba (Rostislav Ageev - iStock)

Diving in Cuba (photo by: Rostislav Ageev – iStock)

Back to the lands of Cuba

Once you reach the land again, another UNESCO world heritage site and one of the favourite tourist cities to head to is Trinidad. Once a city of slave trade, and from the 17th century to the present day a city of diverse architecture, squares (like Plaza Mayor), churches (Church of the Holy Trinity and Church and Monastery of Saint Franci), galleries, and museums (Museum of Colonial Architecture).

If you are wondering where to next, consider visiting Baracoa, the city in Guantanamo province. Now, why is this city worth mentioning?

First of all, it was founded by the first governor of Cuba, Spanish conquistador Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar. Then, it is the oldest Spanish settlement in Cuba and the first capital. Colombo landed here on his first voyage. Due to the secluded location, the mass tourism here is at a low level, so if you want to enjoy and avoid other tourists and their cameras; this is the place for you.

Baracoa - Local people in front of a clothing store in the main street (photo by: Flavio Vallenari, iStock)

Baracoa – Local people in front of a clothing store in the main street (photo by: Flavio Vallenari, iStock)

A perfect round up for the first trip to Cuba must include food and a night out.

What to the in Cuba at night

The uniqueness of Cuban food lies in its diversity and the blend of different cuisines. One cannot eat Cuban dishes without knowing a little bit of history. The prevailing influence is definitely Spanish, blended with African, French and Caribbean culinary traditions. If you have a lot of money to spend and want to eat in restaurants, it will not be difficult to find such; however, eating on budget and eating like a native Cuban will make you enter some oddly and shabby looking food houses, but there’s the true charm!  (just be careful, I heard that the food is not always something).

The prevailing influence is definitely Spanish, blended with African, French and Caribbean culinary traditions.

After having a nice meal, we should search for the genuine Cuban night life. Although, salsa, mambo and cha-cha-cha are known as one of the trademarks of Cuban evenings, today, young Cubans do not enjoy them so much. Luckily, tourist can still experience the atmosphere by taking dance lessons or looking for clubs such as the Jazz Cafe (at Galerías de Paseo) where the night brings live jazz and occasional salsa dancing.

Havana, Cuba - Local traditional dance and music groups performing at annual street carnival night (photo by: Peeter Viisimaa, iStock)

Havana, Cuba – Local traditional dance and music groups performing at annual street carnival night (photo by: Peeter Viisimaa, iStock)

I hope you got as interested, inspired and convinced as I am that Cuba is the right destination to take and it should be visited before its charm is taken away by the foreigners who will rush now to indulge all of their senses in this still rather authentic place.

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Adventure ramble

Adventure calling – How to start your first journey

When I think about adventure travelling, or when simply someone asks me for my opinion, I’d say that I have not always been into this kind of travelling. It got into my blood after some time. I wouldn’t dare saying that ordinary travels have become repetitive and tedious; it’s just that adventures give you more opportunities, richer experiences, tastier tastes and freer freedom.

I wouldn’t dare saying that ordinary travels have become repetitive and tedious; it’s just that adventures give you more opportunities, richer experiences, tastier tastes and freer freedom.

This is me talking, it’s my point of view and I accept when others think differently, but I would also urge them to consider breaking free from their usual pattern and checking out what’s out there.

So, this text is for those who think like me and for those who lack courage to make their first step into an adventurous journey.

Imagine your adventure!

Imagine your adventure!

Travel Inspiration

Let’s say that the first step consists out of two parts and the first one is definitely inspiration.

Inspiration was never a problem for me, and if it is for you and you cannot think of where to go or are puzzled with options and everything seems equally luring and promising, then just grab the book closest to you at this moment, open it and choose the first country name that comes. It can be a travel guide, or if you are more a Kindle fan then choose a book that is still on your to-read list. Let the chance take you to a new place. It can be Google for that matter. Close your eyes, click a letter randomly and let the search engine guide you.

Open it and choose the first country name that comes

Here I am, alive and well, full of impressions, beautiful photos and impressive memories – so there’s no reason why you cannot do the same. You might not believe me, and for that reason I’ll prove you otherwise. If there are other thoughts that hinder your decision on setting out on an adventure, I hope you’ll be free of them by the time you reach the final sentence of this text.

Inspire yourself and find your own way of traveling!

Inspire yourself and find your own way of traveling!

Traveling on a budget

The second part of the first step is money.

You might say, “Yes, but you certainly have extra money.”I have some money of course, there’s no travel without it, but it’s far from the truth that you need a fortune for a memorable travel. A few hundreds of dollars can be saved if you study the ways in which one can arrive at a destination. For example, there are charter flights, last minute offers that are much cheaper so as to fill empty seats on the plane (my friend got a $2 return ticket Belgrade -Pairs last year, booked it one day before the flight). There is also the option of not taking the direct flight to a place you’ve imagined and taking a bus or a train the rest of the way. These are some money saving strategies that work like a charm. In addition to that, saving money this way will bring about invaluable experiences, unforgettable encounters, and irreplaceable images together with indispensable knowledge.

Travel locally if you are really low on money, but for god's sake - travel!

Travel locally if you are really low on money, but for god’s sake – travel!

Just one fact to mention, if traveling by your own transport, and if you are a bike enthusiast like me, then the sky is the limit. On the other hand, if you are a work and travel follower, there’s your free travel, just find a reputable agency.

Best food is local food

Now that we have reduced the transport costs, let’s talk about food. More than often taking food abroad gets to tangle up traveler’s plans and most definitely eating in restaurants ranges from cheap to boring. Don’t let that discourage you. Be spunky and you’ll see that you’ll eat well.

I enjoy discovering local taverns in less known places

I enjoy discovering local taverns in less known places. What I get by this is trying original local dishes at affordable prices and on the top of that I meet local people and customs (something that chain restaurants and hotels cannot offer).

Kerak telor - it was created in order to make glutinous rice more tasty and satisfying.

Kerak telor – it was created in order to make glutinous rice more tasty and satisfying.

Additionally, if you are at least a little bit skilled when it comes to food preparation, you can always find a place for a picnic or barbecue, at the same time enjoying the scenery, a beautiful view of the city, mountains, vast plains, sights that make up travel pleasure. With a little effort and a few conversations along the way, you will find such places.

Where to sleep while traveling?

Ok, now I agree that we need somewhere to sleep. The question is what should you choose?

If you are a tent person, the world is your oyster (no, no, no, scratch that, the world is your oyster anyway, the world is yours), and the possibilities are endless. You can always find a place where to spend the night and what is maybe the best, every night you can sleep elsewhere. Local residents, of the previously mentioned taverns, will know where the most suitable and allowed places to sleep under the stars are.

Some times you have to pay extra for a view like this and if you have that extra it is worth it!

Sometimes you have to pay extra for a view like this and if you have that extra, it is worth it!

If you are a tent person, the world is your oyster

If camping is not your thing, consult some of the numerous websites where you can find rooms and hostels. A simple walk around the city, town, local pubs, cafes and barbers is the best chance to find out everything you need. Again, you’ll probably find locals renting private accommodation for low amount of money. You cannot believe how many new acquaintances can be made in these places!

Don’t listen to the haters!

One of the problems when deciding to start a journey are the people around you.When they start talking you out of your plans, just don’t let them. You’ll probably hear that you’re crazy, or unhappy which is why you want to leave your surroundings, some might claim that you are not a grown up yet, that you are spending money unnecessarily, and of course the winner in my opinion “you can see all that in the pictures so why bother travelling”.

Visiting those places is like living in the National Geographic magazine!

Visiting those places is like living in the National Geographic magazine!

Avoid engaging yourself in discussions of that sort, enough is to know that your courage and love for exploring are yours and yours only, while the wealth you pick up on the way is there to stay, it is for real with you forever.  And as far as the answers you can give to others are concerned,  they are “It’s crazy to live not knowing what this world is made of”, “I grew up just about enough, and a part of me will stay a child”, “the money is there to be spent”, ” there is no picture more beautiful than the one you’ve experienced”.

 

What travels bring, teach and show?

They enable you to try new things, have fun, release the break and relax. Each destination hides adventure that no agency can arrange or a guidebook describe.

While teetering on the train or bus listening to people chattering, or having a coffee in a comfy local café, browse the blogs where people talk about the destination you’re headed to. Surely some of them discovered or experienced something that should not be missed and inevitably it gives ideas and space for an exploration of your own.

Traveling will give you different perspective on life and you will become more open to different cultures!

Traveling will give you different perspective on life and you will become more open to different cultures!

I’d like to recommend some of the things you might read about and maybe even want yourself:

  • Robinson Crusoe style – rent a boat and go to a nearby island for a few days.
  • Paragliding
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Diving
  • Watch a sunset
  • Don’t miss a sunrise
  • Whatever brings excitement and fulfills you.
Besides meeting people you will meet amazing animals also!

Besides meeting people you will meet amazing animals also!

And here is another positive thing about adventure travel: it is what you become after the journey:

  • Resourceful – because trotting through unfamiliar places makes you alert and attentive
  • Smarter – because, travel contributes to your intellect as much as reading a book
  • Socially evolved – as you get in touch with many different people from different social backgrounds
  • Adaptable – because such travels carry many unforeseen circumstances to which you need to adapt.

So, what are you waiting for?

Let me know if you’ve made the first step in comment section below!

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Adventure ramble

How To Stay Safe While Travelling

“Travelling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things: air, sleep, dreams, sea, the sky…” Cesare Pavese

 

Plan your trips but don’t be afraid to wander of your plan

More than often, planning a trip gets us to a dimension of excitement, anticipating and researching. Even after an umpteenth time of making travel lists, every next travel is new, original, special and unique. Every undiscovered region, unseen place and unmet face calls you to set off and get to know another you at another site. For what’s more, sometimes going back to the same place just to see all the ways you have grown and changed. Nevertheless, all of this travel frenzy might make travellers neglect a very important notion – one’s safety when travelling.

We have all figured out that planning a trip is more than just about choosing the country and picking out the place to stay.  

Driving motorbikes is dangerous so don't make it even more dangerous with reckless driving

Driving motorbikes is dangerous so don’t make it even more dangerous with reckless driving

But what is actually safety and what does it mean when you are on an adventurous journey?

Firstly, it’s planning and secondly it’s responsibility. Carefree travel means responsible travel and you need to start by arranging it while at the same time having enough responsibility to see it through. Knowing where you are every step of the way removes stress and anxiety from the unforeseeable; it makes you feel in control.

You might say, “Oh, but that kills all the fun!” Or I could hear “You sound like my mom!” (and I really don’t want that here). Actually, I must admit, it might kill the fun the first time you travel but only for a while, while you think about it, once you start planning and preparing for it, and feel the moment when know you are ready and all set, the adventure starts.

Getting of the beaten track will get you to an amazing places

Getting of the beaten track will get you to an amazing places

Learn about the place you are about to visit

What I’ve also learned on my trips is that you want to know things. So the third thing is knowledge.  

You get educated by traveling.-  Solange Knowles

Whenever you take a new destination, you want to know as many things as you can about the place, the country and the people. History is an everyday thing; maybe you already heard and know so much.

But what do you know about the actual people? Is there something you are not supposed to say or do, and are there words that will make an awkward moment and send a wrong message? What are the cultural differences that can bring the satisfaction of hearing someone’s life story, seeing the different life they lead and in the long run make you appreciate yours even more? Now, if you fail to learn this, you are being careless, and it might ruin the joy of meeting new people.

Learn the cultural differences so you would not insult anyone

Learn the cultural differences so you would not insult anyone

Any big, poisonous spiders around? Eeeek!

Then, it couldn’t hurt knowing about the creatures that can visit you at night, especially when rounding exotic countries. You do not want to scream like a lunatic in the middle of the night just because there is “something” in your room or tent.

A small thing like a spider or mosquito can change the way you see the world. It is the very thing that expands consciousness and denotes content in living through every moment.

Brush up on the bite symptoms common to the part of the world you have set out to experience.

Ask about the ingredients of the food you will succumb to eating especially if you have any kind of allergies. Yeah, it is a new experience people neglect to think they’ll have.  Know where the closest doctor is and how to reach it.

Sometimes you have to risk a bit but rewards are worth it

Sometimes you have to risk a bit but rewards are worth it

Fourthly, and undeniably, safety means freedom

Safety is something that happens between your ears, not something you hold in your hands. Jeff Cooper

The very thing that should happen between your ears, aside from evaluating where and what to eat, regards researching if there are any constraints to movement. Asking about the areas you want to wander off to will keep you out of trouble.

The moment you can relax and follow your itinerary, you know you have reached the stage of freedom. This can be freedom of movement, freedom of not thinking about the time of the day, freedom of being far away from the rut or just feeling the liberation and plunging into breathing in the world which is old for some and at the same time fresh and new for you.

Just remember one thing; not having a watch is for a holiday, for lying on the beach and not being worried about dinner. On the contrary to this, visiting remote areas means you need to mind the time of the day, firstly because of animals that you might encounter at a certain time, or in the modern concrete jungle – people.

You do not want to miss your last ride. Somehow, you get the picture that staying without a ride can ensure acquaintance with more freedom than you ever thought you’ll have (not necessarily a good thing again) or rob you from its preciousness. Resourcefulness is one thing, but developing adeptness in examining what your next step is leads to smart travel and an escapade of events.  

Staying safe in this kind of adventures is top priority

Staying safe in this kind of adventures is top priority

Let’s make money the final bullet point.

Of course, you will manage the budget you have for the travel and you will do it in a way suitable for you. Some like to plan the budget for every day and stick to it rigorously, while others risk staying with a few bucks in their pockets and make it an art of coming home (which is a topic for another time).

Whatever works for you, it’s OK, but you should have some “back up” money or “just in case” money in the amount of the ticket home. Prudently decide where that money should be as pickpockets target tourists, and it’s difficult not to look like one with a giant backpack.

A first aid kit, fresh batch of bandages and antiseptic are by now on the list of every traveller.

Making these things your routine by no means takes away the fun from travelling. On the contrary, they allow you to give yourself in completely to the new world you have decided to enter and have given yourself in to experience.

Climbing the viewpoint to Koh Lipe island.
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Experience Defines You – Experience More

We can see it on TV, in real life, commercials etc… Media have influenced us to think that owning more means more happiness. We measure our happiness by number of zeros in our bank accounts or the type of car we drive or which phone we own. Is it really like that? Don’t get me wrong, having more money will surely make your life easier, but do you really have to reach that superstar level to consider yourself happy?

Jim Carey once said: “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer”. Jim Carey is a smart man. He would not be where he is now if he wasn’t, so lets just trust him on that.

“No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.”
~Lewis Carrol

 

Is it material stuff or experience that make you happy?

We live in a society where material things are valued more because we can touch them instead of experience that you can not touch but, oh boy, you can feel. We idolize people we have never met wanting to be like them, doing what they do, owning what they own. Are we defining ourselves that way or just copying somebody else and living somebody else’s life?

So what defines us and what can make us happy? Experiences! Experience is something that will define you in your own way. Not everybody reacts the same to different types of experiences. You might go sky diving and it could be really fun for you, but somebody else might shit their pants after jumping out of the plane 3000 meters above the ground with the bunch of ropes and big piece of cloth strapped to their back. You will get to know yourself better by experiencing various amazing adventures, seeing your reaction in different types of situations and your change after it.

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
~Eleanor Roosevelt

 

What hurts more? Failing at something or breaking a material thing you own?

Let’s say you buy a next gen phone which is really fast, you can play games on it, surf the web and what not… But after some time that phone becomes just another thing… You are not getting excited over it, you get used to it, you are probably even thinking of buying a better one. If you break your phone you will feel really bad about it. But then again, there is experience… Let’s say you try to go surfin’… And of course, as you try something for a few times you’ll fail, you will probably fail miserably. At some point waves may get bigger and bigger and when you fall you will probably feel like you are in a washing machine thinking “my leg should not be pointing that way”. So you haven’t been able to surf like some people do and you have fallen a dozen times, so you have failed at surfing. But the thing is, it was fun, it was exciting and it was new, even the fact that you have failed. So let’s say 3-4 months passed and you remember you tried surfing (and failed) and how you broke your phone… Which one will bring a smile to your face?

Yeah, I thought so.

Life is a blank canvas, and you need to throw all the paint on it you can.
~Danny Kaye

Climbing the viewpoint to Koh Lipe island.

Climbing the viewpoint to Koh Lipe island.

 

Experiences are with us for the whole life!

Do you remember your Christmas gift from 3 years ago? I don’t. Maybe I did not even get one, it doesn’t matter… Do you remember where you went on vacation 3 years ago? I remember clearly I went to Greece to Zakynthos island and it was awesome, I met awesome people I had so much fun that I can not describe – those stuff just stick with you.

What other experiences did I have?

So now I’m gonna brag about what I have done by now… I have 7 ultra mountain marathons behind me on a mountain just outside the city I live in, I have cycled from Wien back to Serbia on a Danube cycle route, I have climbed top of Bali, I actively dive, I went through caves of Vietnam; I try to visit as many places as possible in my country, I go out and photograph my hometown, hike on the local mountain and would not change those experiences for the newest BMW!

 

So, how to get more fun and more experience?

1. Be brave, take risks

I’m not saying you should do the most unthinkable stuff ever… Just try to say yes more to the things happening around you. The most amazing stuff happens when you least expect it. Once I fell from my motorbike and broke the ignition switch in the middle of a mountain. I could not get it to start… I pushed the motorbike to the road and a driver stopped and helped me start the motorbike by pulling me with his car. I did not even wave at him he just stopped and helped. He was a very nice person and it makes you feel more better knowing that when the shit goes down a stranger will help you!

2. Make it happen – today!

So you probably ran into this article on Twitter, Facebook or Google and when you are finished with it, you will go back to scrolling those infinite pages. Well, I dare you not to do that. Give yourself a challenge, go ice skating, mountain biking or anything else. I guarantee you will have fun!

On the dive boat

Going diving is on the top of the list

3. Shift your budget priorities

Are you saving for a nice new leather couch for your living room? Why don’t you go and visit Vietnam instead? Too expensive? Visit something closer. You will get used to that couch it will become nothing special just like the old one you are preparing to throw away. A road trip will stick in your head forever. Remembering the adventures will bring a smile to your face and it will make you wanna have more trips like these.

4. Start small and cheap

Starting with big things in any part of the life is a bad idea. Why don’t you first go check out your local mountain for a hike before attempting something bigger? You like it? Great, take it to the next level, who knows in the end you might conquer the Everest!

There are also other things to do like going to the movies,  learning more about the monuments in your town, meeting new people…Is there a great view of your town that everybody has visited but you have not? Go there, now! Have you ever planned going camping but never went? Well, there is your answer. How long has it been since you have visited a museum, a theatre or an exibition?

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
~George Bernard Shaw

Tuk tuk rides... These were new to me.

Tuk tuk rides… These were new to me.

 

Conclusion

I’m gonna leave you with this: “Rich life equals experienced life”! Or we can say “Rich life equals life with no regrets“.

We are all gonna die one day that is the reality. I just hope you will have a rich life – and I hope that this article changed your definition of “rich”.