Do you want to start traveling but don’t know how? You can live that dream! Here are 5 simple steps on how to start traveling the world!Read More
A sak yant is a traditional tattoo done by monks and ajarns across Thailand as a magical blessing. Want to know how to get a sak yant and more? Start here.Read More
I’ve just returned back to the USA after 2 years of travel, so I’ve compiled a supercut travel video to show you all of the incredible adventures I had.Read More
To say that travel changes you is a vast understatement. Whether you like it or not, long-term or frequent travel will have some impact on your life and your mentality — but it is up to you to be open-minded enough to absorb and grow from those experiences. And travel did more than just change me. So what life lessons have I learned after 4 years of travel?Read More
New Zealand is a country filled with unbelievable landscapes, and I got to see a few. Here are my picks for 12 places in New Zealand you have to check out!Read More
We do so much worrying on the daily basis that it can literally kill you. If not kill you, it can make you go made. More importantly, worrying about the future can prevent you from doing anything you truly want to do. So I’m here to tell you, from experience, stop worrying about the future and think about now.Read More
What has it been like living in Melbourne for the past 120 days? How is my working holiday going? For one, I didn’t expect to be here. There has been ups and downs so far, so come find out what I love about living in Melbourne, and things I’m struggling to cope with.Read More
Bhang Lassi is a cultural drink of cannabis and yogurt and has been used for centuries in festivals like Holi. Made famous by Anthony Bourdain.Read More
What do you truly see when you look in the mirror — the purest glimpse of your soul? Here is the beginning chapter of my memoir in progress, which traces my impending fall to rock bottom and how I clawed my way back into the light. My first trip abroad filled my life with purpose, but failure to deal with my past drove me deeper into the darkness while traveling. This will chronicle the events from childhood until now and how I found purpose in my life, allowing me to pursue my passion of travel pure and free.Read More
Traveling from city to city in countries around the world by some sketchy mode of transport is nothing new. Driving three people on a motorbike was pretty easy. Hanging from the back of a songthaew wasn’t so bad. Hitchhiking in New Zealand? No sweat. But sometimes you take a ride in something and immediately think to yourself, “Will I survive this? Probably not…”Read More
India is always a country I always hear described with one phrase: It’s a love and hate kind of country. And that is about as consistent as India gets. India, as I joked many times with different groups of backpackers, is consistently inconsistent. It is a paradox where the ugliness and beauty are hand in hand, where incredibly frustrating moments are followed by incredibly rewarding moments, where it is uplifting of the spirit yet depressing in the soul. Come read see the experiences I had!Read More
It has now been a little over a month since the Rickshaw Run ended, and I am still cleaning dirt out from beneath my fingernails and trying to smell like something other than gasoline. It sticks with you, India does, and when you take a road trip, a lot more sticks with you as well. After the insanity subsided and we pulled onto that victory platform as survivors, the following weeks were meant to be for relaxation. But, things haven’t turned out as planned, and a month later I am still finding it difficult to sit down and concentrate enough on writing anything.
And you all haven’t been given the chance to read about it or see the mayhem yet! I know, and I apologize, so I have a nice teaser for you today — something to whet that appetite for the stories of twisted metal and sweat and blood and tears. Geez, you all are evil! I don’t blame you, because what we have to tell is pretty crazy.
After the race, Derek and I were supposed to head to Nepal together. He left first, since his visa was expiring, and I decided that I didn’t want to leave India before seeing Darjeeling. And I was with a group of cute girls, so can you blame me? While in Darjeeling, I felt the earth rattle beneath my feet and saw buildings crack, but I would learn later that day it was from the massive earthquake which hit Nepal and killed thousands, and is still causing destruction. So I wouldn’t be going to Nepal. Even though I wanted to travel there to help out with the relief effort, at the time flights and crossing by land was blocked. For weeks I went traveling around more of India, looking for a spot to relax and regain energy, and to decide what to do next after it was clear Derek and I wouldn’t be traveling together again so soon. Even the relaxing places I arrived at were still stressful at times, and while in India it didn’t seem like I’d find a quiet place at all to get caught up with Rickshaw Run goodies.
Now that I have left India and decided on some new travel plans, I’ve had a little time and enough energy to start putting some articles together.
As I am writing and editing some longer articles and videos, I decided to give you something for an appetizer, so here are 13 Rickshaw Run photos that will blow your mind from various parts of the trip. I chose 13 because most of the time, we ended up in some of the unluckiest situations ever. And somehow we got lucky enough to come out alive.
Day one of the Rickshaw Run was a nice and easy start. Until, of course, a massive sandstorm hit us.
When a sandstorm hits you and winds are shaking trees and sending cows running, what do you do? Have a sandstorm techno dance party of course.
Sometime on the road you have to make on the fly adjustments and repairs. Here, the rickshaw Thomas the Train Engine needed a quick windshield washing.
The roads in northern India are quiet pleasant. You’re driving along and suddenly the roads have more potholes and actual road, making you bob and weave to avoid wheel rupturing slams.
Though we consider ourselves daredevils, wheelies in rickshaws were never planned. But when you arrive at a freeway that is blocked by boulders and dirt, you need to figure out how to get across.
Where there is a will, there is a way. On the other side of blocked freeways, you find even higher obstacles, and tall curbs and cracks to navigate or cross over.
Now this seems like a great idea. Have you ever heard sheep cry? What about 100 sheep stuffed in a truck cry? As this truck tried to cross the barrier we did, it nearly tipped over 5 times.
Cruising along in India enjoying the scenery can be great, until those distractions make you not see that the road ahead of you has collapsed, and nobody has decided to block it off. This happened quite often, where your lane doesn’t just end, it falls off.
Traffic in India is fun. It is like trying to put your finger through a plate of spaghetti…without touching any spaghetti. Often, our lane would become the lane for opposite traffic because one person wanted to go around traffic faster. What happens? Everyone else follows them and suddenly we are facing semi trucks with two sides of the freeway blocked.
When you are cruising along getting an epic shot with your GoPro and suddenly something falls from the sky and smashes into your head. It turns out that our spare tire wasn’t tied tight enough, and as I was filming, fell off and landed perfectly around my head. Nearly breaking my nose and glasses of course, but still funny.
This one was a bit of a doozy, and one of the scariest things I have experienced. A rickshaw following us lost control as a semi truck pulled out in front of it and this was the result. The driver was pretty badly injured and had to return to Norway, but his teammates were okay. More on this to come later.
Another rickshaw with another group of Norwegians turned their rickshaw into a convertible. Or, they were force to after they flipped the rickshaw and ripped off the top. But it seems like there was much better airflow after.
Maybe one of the most calming moments from the race was an incredible sunset on a perfectly paved road with the air cooler that it had been for weeks. It’s the little things that you appreciated after the Rickshaw Run, like this, as we were just one day away from the finish line.
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It is here. The Rickshaw Run kicks off April 6th at 11am Indian Time and our team Teen Romanchak Yaar will be sharing the crazy Rickshaw Run chaos Live. Here is how you can be involved in the 2,700km roadtrip on three wheels and how to follow along every harrowing moment.Read More
On my recent trip to Haiti, I had the chance to explore this beautiful country for the second time, and I filmed Haiti in slow motion with my iPhone 6 to show an intimate view of the country — in Haitian time.Read More
As we get older, imagination and fantasy seems to be left behind. But fantasy and dreams do come true, and in Haiti I fulfilled on by sleeping in a treehouse hotel.Read More
In 21 days, I will travel to India for the first time, and to take part in the Rickshaw Run — a 2,700km race across the country. Fear and doubt have set in, am I even ready for this race?Read More
On my recent trip to Haiti, I recorded 3 weeks of adventure from beaches to sea cliffs to waterfalls, and shared them live on Vine app. Here is Part 2 of the journey as seen through 6 second video clips in this Vine video post of Haiti.Read More
Here is part 1 of a Vine Video Tour of Haiti from my recent trip to Haiti where I traveled the country for 3 weeks exploring, camping, hiking, swimming, and leaping from waterfalls.Read More
On my second trip to Haiti, we travel from Port Au Prince to the south and explore waterfalls, Jacmel, beach towns, and pristine islands.Read More
This is a travel love letter. You always remember your first love. And you always remember your first travel love, and this is my story. I’ve never written a love letter, so here goes.Read More