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Places I Like: The Wood

Bamboo forest, somewhere in the world.

Maybe it is the way the random dispositions of the trees suggest paths to follow. Maybe it’s the uncertainty of not knowing how deep it is, or the excitement of finding out what’s on the other side.  Be it for one reason or another, forests are awesome.

When I go to a forest sometimes I carry a GPS device like my phone to know how to get out of it. Sometimes I don’t, because as I said, the trees suggest paths. When I don’t, I carry pen and paper and make my own map of the forest, using the “weird trees”, rocks or anything non-tree as reference points. It’s great. I did this while growing up on Uruguay with my two best friends. We made a map of a huge forest near to our houses and buried some “treasures” on it. I still keep the map and will go look for what we buried someday, mostly because I can’t remember what it was 🙂

Another great thing to do in a forest is explore and see what you find. You can do that everywhere, to be fair. A wood is just one more awesome place to explore: think of all the fascinating plants and animals! Also, a forest is a great place to hide things, so it’s possible that people have hidden things in there 😉

Above you can see the photo of a bamboo forest: you can’t deny the beauty of the scenery, specially in winter. Check out some of the forests I want to visit around the world:

Mysterious shoot of a forest in Alsace, France.

Can you imagine how many mysteries wait to be solved in this blurry woodland? Awesome!

Oak forest in Wisconsin, USA

What about this winter landscape? Has to be scary at night! I can imagine thousands of stories happening in that place.

Rainforest in Malaysia

So beautiful! I’ve always wanted to cross one of those little waterfalls. Rainforests are a great place to play and get inspired.

Hope you liked, thanks for reading! 🙂

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5 Steps to Adventure

It’s not hard, but you must look for them. I have come up with this formula I hope you dear readers will help me improve:

1. Have the right mindset:

You must have a desire for adventure, a child’s curiosity for what’s out there. You have to be an explorer.

2. Travel:

You will not get any excitement out of life by sitting quietly at home day after day. Although the further you go, the greater the sense of adventure; it’s perfectly fine to go exploring the nearest city. William Bolitho said “adventure must start with running away from home”.

3. Do not follow the crowds:

I can’t emphasize this point strongly enough. You do not get adventures by doing what everyone else does. A planned tour is nice but not an adventure: it’s a planned, safe, common activity. Go exploring. If something calls your attention ask questions, explore, figure out answers. Do not be a tourist.

4. Don’t go by yourself:

This is not a must, but will surely enrich your experience. Also, you don’t want to be alone if you get in serious trouble. A friend or loved one makes an excellent companion, although if you’re alone in your chosen destination it’s a great chance to make new friends. Also, a local may know some great places to go.

5. Say YES:

If someone offers you to go camping in the woods, to the beach, wherever, say yes. If someone is looking for an adventure partner, volunteer. Do not deny an activity because of these things:

-Not being good enough: People who ask you to go sailing with them truly do not care if you can tie a knot.

-Considering the activity boring: You never know if something is boring until you try.

-Not being what you usually do: Trying new stuff is one of the greatest things in life!

-Considering the activity too dangerous: Do a little research or ask someone who knows about the subject if you meet the physical requirements to be safe. If you do not, make that your new goal 🙂 However, you are probably exaggerating: If you can swim, crossing a river should be no trouble, and so on. Remember also that every adventure involves a little risk!

That was all, thanks for reading 🙂

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