Traveling without any new experiences is not real traveling, it is commuting. In order to have a truly epic vacation, you need to get out there and experience as many new things as possible. This includes not just seeing and doing but also eating, learning and experiencing.
Exploring new places creates priceless memories that shape you as a person and forever change you, even if you do not realize it at the time. Travel is a form of personal growth. A wise man once said that “you have to lose yourself to find yourself” and that phrase has never been more true — or more easy to accomplish — than nowadays in this modern world where any country that you want to visit is a mere plane flight or two away.
Personally, when I first began traveling internationally back in 2008, I was exploring new places simply because I could. However over the years this mentality of “traveling because I can” evolved into “traveling because I need to”.
Travel is more addictive than any drug but perhaps the worst part is that once you start traveling, you cannot stop. No one has ever said “just one more vacation and then I’m done.” Once you start exploring the world you will never be able to stop.
For 2017, I decided to take my travels in a new direction. I wanted to do something truly epic. So I decided to find a theme to my travels and add new purpose, a new set of goals, to my ongoing adventures around the world.
Ever been skiing or snowboarding? There is nothing more exhilarating then sliding down a mountain kicking up powder behind you as you feel the wind rushing against your face. All you see ahead is where the blue sky meets the white mountains and all you see below is a pristine slope begging for you to slide down it. The feeling is indescribable. It is also priceless.
Now I’m on a new mission to go skiing on every continent. North America. South America. Europe. Asia. Even Africa and Australia. Each has world-renowned skiing destinations and it would be amazing to see how they all compare to each other. Is skiing better in North America or South? Europe or Asia? Only time will tell!
So far this year I’ve already been skiing in the Arctic Circle and after a brief photo shoot back in Thailand next week, I’m looking to head back to France or maybe Switzerland to see what seeing is like in Central Europe. After that comes North America. I have been to Vail twice in the past but both times for mountain biking — sadly I’ve never been there during the winter months. Thankfully this will all be changing soon.
After North America comes Asia. The 7th Annual Afghan Ski Challenge takes place on March 3rd in Bamyan, Afghanistan. Beyond just personal curiosity, Afghanistan is an amazing country and home to some of the most hospitable people on earth. Sure there are some ongoing issues there, but Bamyan has always been — and always will be — free of terrorists. Every winter adventurous and curious skiers from around the globe flock here for a unique skiing experience.
I am still working out the dates for my South America, African and Australian skiing adventures — after all, skiing is a seasonal sport. There needs to be ample snow there otherwise it is a waste of a plane ticket. However I am in love with skiing and my enthusiasm has never been higher.
You might think that after nearly a decade exploring the globe I would be growing bored with travel but as any long-term traveler will tell you, that is never the case.
The more you travel, the more you want — no, need — to travel. Exploring new places is one pastime that never gets old.
It’s not too late to add one more new years resolution to your list for 2017: explore more! You’ll be glad that you did.
&nnsp; This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Vail Resorts. The opinions and text are all mine, mine, mine! And yes I am seriously trying to ski on every continent. Wait…does Antarctica count?