Today’s post touches on the subject of Admiration, so I wanted to highlight some travelers who I admire. These are people who inspire me in various ways to get out there and make the most of my life and to explore this beautiful world of ours. Sure, we’ve all been inspired by Jack Kerouac and Paulo Coelho, but I’m not trying to go with high literature here. Some of these travelers are famous people you may have heard of, and some you may not have heard of. Either way, these people have contributed to my insatiable wanderlust throughout the years.
Bill Bryson has long been one of my favorite travel writers. When I first read Notes from a Small Island, I found myself laughing out loud and really enjoying the journey. When I finished the book, I found myself longing for more, so I read Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe, In a Sunburned Country, and A Walk in the Woods. They were all extremely entertaining and left me with a new interest and perspective on the places he visits. Whenever I’m feeling like I need a little lighthearted travel inspiration, I like to curl up with a good Bill Bryson book and enjoy the escape.
Ah, Anthony Bourdain. If you don’t know who he is, you’ve probably been living under a rock for quite some time. There’s a reason for his popularity: his shows about his travels (and eating!) through the world’s awesome places are captivating. He’s a bit of a grump at times, but that’s part of the fun. I find myself endlessly enjoying his travel shows and feeling really inspired to visit the places he goes. He even managed to make New Jersey look like a really awesome place to visit (sorry, New Jersey). As I’ve long told my friends, I want to be Anthony Bourdain when I grow up.
Oneika the Traveler
Even travel bloggers have favorite travel blogs. One of my favorites (at the risk of you all discovering how awesome she is and reading her blog instead of mine) is the blog of Oneika the Traveler. I’ve been following this blog for some time now, and what I like about it is how real Oneika is about her travels. She’s been to a mind-blowingly large number of places, and writes about them in a way that really makes you feel like you’re there traveling along with her.
You may have heard of a little company called Patagonia? Well, it was founded by a man named Yvon Chouinard. He started his love for climbing back in the 1950’s as a member of the Southern California Falconry Club, where he had to learn to rappel down the cliffs to the falcon aeries, he became so fond of the sport that he took up climbing. That was the start of a legacy. Years later, inspired by his love of climbing, Patagonia was born. Today, it’s one of the premier outdoor adventure brands. Not only did Yvon take his love of a sport and turn it into a huge outdoor brand, but Patagonia today is an amazing company to work for. He details his business philosophy in his book, Let My People Go Surfing (I think the name speaks for itself). What I love about him is his insatiable desire to travel and his love of sport, but also his realization that a good company has happy employees. He’s inspiring a generation of younger entrepreneurs.
Who do you admire? Is there anybody who inspires you to live a more adventurous life? I would love to hear about it!
Daily Post: Admiration