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The winding sandstone canyons that hide the fabled city ofΒ Petra. Here, where Bedouin live in caverns, past and future can be seen in the present. This is a land legendary and proud. Where pastoralists and sedentary pedestrians mix. The desert is hot madness, yet soft and poetic. It’s exotic as it is wild and it fuels my thirst for adventure.

As our world grows increasingly smaller it’s easier than ever to seek refuge in the comfort of familiar places. We also live in a time where thoughts and ideas can manifest in the blink of an eye and round-the-world travel is at the fingertips of risk takers and adventurers alike. I see Marco Polo and Gertrude Bell in the men and women I met abroad. Sharing the road, sharing tales of individual split-second experiences worth more than time itself.

I started blogging not only to share my story and to learn from others, but to inspire, to instill the momentum it takes to lace up ones boots and hit the road. It wasn’t until I found myself alone in a most foreign country that I felt the hot passion of life. Where my native tongue was less useful than the moo of a cow and I had no idea what the hell I was putting in my mouth… but it tasted good and I wanted more! And that is why you must hit the road.

Don’t be victimized by the culture of fear. Our planet is waiting to be explored, to reveal it’s secrets to you, to me, to any who dare ask, it will expose you to the raw truths of life. To the quarks of distant cultures and alien tongues. To disgusting foods and delicious cuisines, to dangerous and countless blessings.

Let’s take control of 2015. Don’t be afraid to leap without looking. I encourage you to take off the training wheels and take the road less traveled.

-Yallah!

39 thoughts on “On the Road Less Traveled

  1. One of my favourite quotes of all times is “Leap and the net will appear” ~John Burroughs.

    It says much of what you are saying here. Don’t be afraid. Everything will turn out fine. Just go. As a traveler, you know that sitting at home and making contingency plans is not as useful or as wise as it seems. Sure, make some plans. Good idea. Just know that something (several somethings, more like) is going to come up that you had no way to plan for, and THAT will actually be the critical turning point of your adventure. It will also turn out to be the best part of the story, when you re-tell it for others.

    Thank you so much for this message, because I am always ready to be reminded. The potential for being scared out of action is constantly present, and having a spirit like yours is the only way to address it: take off the training wheels, don’t be cautious, don’t be afraid.

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    1. Wow, thank you for reblogging this post πŸ˜‰ I can’t say that’s happened to me before. Gah, what a shot, eh? I’m still in disbelief that the camels were being such good subjects πŸ™‚
      I’m going to have to rummage through your Zazzle shop, I could use a new Iphone case!

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    1. Right on. Mission accomplished. That’s one journey I certainly want to follow. My best experiences were in slow travel. Crossing borders on foot with a rough draft itinerary and an X on the map, open for the world. Bulgaria is going to be a wild ride. I’m not too familiar with the modern republic, yet I know it’s had an incredible presence through history and that’s sure to reflect in the current.
      So what route will you be taking through Bulgaria? πŸ™‚

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  2. Thank you for following my blog because now I have found you! This is fantastic! You are certainly a kindred spirit and I feel like so many sentences in this post should be placed on plaque’s, written in books, and shouted from the rooftops -.”Don’t be victimized by the culture of fear.Our planet is waiting to be explored, to reveal it’s secrets to you, to me, to any who dare ask, it will expose you to the raw truths of life” – Nicholas Andriani, 2014. πŸ˜‰ And that’s just one! I shall be a loyal follower. Thank you and keep up the great work!

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  3. What a fantastic post to start off 2014! I definitely share your sentiment to not be ruled by the culture of fear but instead to live life to the fullest. Your blog is fantastic and really inspiring. Well done you for booking a one way to ticket to Casablanca – a modern day renaissance man! By the way thanks for stopping by and liking my blog!

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  4. I love this message and hope that I can inspire people the way you are. Getting out of your comfort and into the world is the greatest thing a person can do, as far as I’m concerned. In fact, when my son finished high school, I gave him the little bit of money I’d saved for his college and told him that if he’d rather go travel with it, he could. And that’s what he did.

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    1. Do it!
      Gah, I know it isn’t that easy. Bloody scary, really. There’s a delicate balance to be found between life on the road and that of security at home. Honestly, I have a great deal of downtime working odd jobs and generous support group to keep me afloat. With baby steps, anything can be accomplished πŸ™‚
      Hope all is well out there!

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  5. Amazing photo. I like your writing too. You liked my post on West Australian writers, so I thought I”d see what you were up to, and hit on an Aladdin’s Cave of treasures. Have you finished your book yet?

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    1. I’m digging your blog, Man!
      Gah, sorry it’s taken a terribly long time to reply. I get so caught up in the world offline and become neglegent. So I do apologize.
      Not yet! I’m pushing to have a tight rough draft completed by the end of summer. Then to seek out an agent/contemplate publishing method… It’s a long road. Thanks for asking. Before long i’ll be posting random excerpts on the blog- wee teasers to get the word out and see what the public reception feels like.
      Hope all is well out there!

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  6. Nicholas-

    Find a copy of a book called “The Ruins; or, Meditation on the Revolutions of Empires and the Law of Nature” by Constantin Francois de Volney. If you cannot find it in print then download a free copy at: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1397

    Written by a very young Frenchman who set out on a journey of discovery much like yourself back in 1789. Well worth the time and effort.

    Cheers
    Ken Curtis
    http://www.southcoastofturkey.com

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  7. So very well put! Great words for such a noble message. This truly is an inspiration and I couln’t agree more. Well said, indeed! A Happy New Year, may it be a rich and colourful one! Godspeed.

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