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My 10 Rules of Adventure Travel

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By Michael Lanza

I remember well my first big “adventure.” Two buddies and I, all 19, biked from our hometown in central Massachusetts to the summit of Mount Greylock—the highest peak in the state. It took us four days to ride there and home again. We had cheap 10-speeds, bulky, old sleeping bags, no tent but two big plastic sheets to lay on the ground beneath us and over us if it rained—which it did the first night—and hardly a clue about what we were doing.

Although it was not evenly remotely exotic, in our minds, it was an epic adventure, and it helped kindle in us a fire for more experiences that would give us that buzz again—that feeling of being entirely on our own and not knowing what’s going to happen next, but whatever lay ahead, we were excited to leap into it.

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6 Responses to My 10 Rules of Adventure Travel

  1. Wil Rickards   |  March 10, 2016 at 8:42 am

    I enjoy your articles Michael. It is always great to read something you agree wholeheartedly with. I had to define adventure for work – “the feeling you receive from an uncertain outcome” was the best I could come up with. I don’t entirely agree with Tim about Dhal Bhat, I quite liked it and seemed to live off it 3 meals a day for a year. However, while I tend to trust my gut there were definitely times when my gut no longer trusted me. Thanks for all your advice, ideas and sparking great memories.

    • MichaelALanza   |  March 10, 2016 at 9:02 am

      Hi Will, thanks for the nice comment. I can tell you that my gut didn’t trust me for a long time after I ate shark in Iceland. But my gut got over it. Fortunately, guts have a short memory.

  2. Tim Brosnan   |  October 12, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Mike, I love almost everything you write, and I trust your judgement. But dal bhatt? Really? I ate a lot of it in Nepal (since it was often the cheapest choice) and….well, let’s just say that “quite good” is a very generous review.

    • MichaelALanza   |  October 13, 2015 at 8:02 am

      Ha! Tim, you gave me a good laugh, thanks! Yea, I really like dal bhat, and so did some of my trekking companions in Nepal. I ate it quite a bit. Granted, it’s probably not going to appeal to everyone. But I would always choose it over, say, a rural Nepali’s version of pizza or pasta (or some other Western dish).

  3. Carl Gandolfo   |  October 12, 2015 at 6:21 am

    Loved this article – much of it hit home for me!! Number 9 resonated with me the most – today’s technology, although good in many ways, has changed the way we interact with others, if at all. Yes, keep it turned off and marvel at what the Good Lord has given us!!

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