Inspiration & Links
Some websites, people, books and ideas that have inspired me over the years. There’s a big list below but you could do worse than start with these:
Adventure need not require time, money, expertise or sweat. You can do it on your lunch break or after. I ran a campaign throughout 2010 with ten different ideas for squeezing some adventure into your daily routine.
A whole heap of adventures conducted for less than £100. Motivation enough to get started?
Al Humphreys spent a year conducting a new miniature adventure every month. They are a great place to start for inspiration.
- Explorers Connect - I help organise their London events
- The Adventure Blog
- Fresh Air Fix*
- Time to Eat the Dogs
- Beyond Limits Magazine
- The Adventure Journal
- Exceed Possibility
- Much Better Adventures
- The Natural Navigator*
Other Good Websites
- Be More With Less
- The School of Life*
- Seth Godin
- The Minimalists
- The Art of Non-Conformity
- Escape the City*
- Zen Habits*
- Tim Ferris’ 4 Hour Blog
Below are a handful of ‘adventurers’ who maintain good blogs. A few of us are in the Adventurers Blogging Chain (ABC) which I set up in 2010.
The first and best. Al is as dedicated to his excellent blog as he is to his expeditions (like 4 years cycling around the world).
An alternative, philosophical approach to life and adventure from Andy Welch.
Leon emailed me a few years ago before planning his first big bike trip. He’s since cycled 14,00 miles and joined Rob Lilwall on a 3,000 mile walk through Mongolia.
Cycled home from Siberia, walked across Israel (and around the M25) and dragged a cart across China.
Dave Cornthwaite (ABC)
Long distance skate-boarding, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding and other human-powered trips.
Canadian adventurer, cyclist and scientist.
Dan Martin (ABC)
Preparing for a Global Triathlon that will involve swimming the Atlantic. Yes, swimming the Atlantic.
Accessible and entertaining writing about climbing. He calls himself Hulls second best climber.
Polar guy who has completed the longest ever polar journey and various other hard, cold trips.
Tom Allen spent several years cycling all over the place and has produced the most amazing film of his journey: Janapar.
Swum at the North Pole and on Everest. He writes about environmental issues and motivation.
Sarah Outen (ABC)
First woman to row the Indian Ocean. Currently on a human-powered journey around the world. I organised the logistics for her trip from London to Tokyo.
Scotsman who ran over 1,000 miles from Amsterdam to Barcelona in 56 days.
Mark Kalch (ABC)
Walked across Iran, rafted the Amazon and planning to run the longest river on every continent. He is Australian but otherwise fine.
Scottish-based journalist and blogger who writes about running, hiking and cycling.
Books and Films
There are far too many books and DVDs to list but here are a few highlights:
Blood, Sweat & Charity
This book was part of the inspiration for this website…
By Tom Allen
Fantastic film that will make you want to sell your house and buy a bike.
Roger Deakin’s brilliant swimming journey through Britain…
Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know
Fiennes’ autobiography sold me on the idea of a life of adventure…
A Year of Adventure
Packed full of different ideas all around the world…
Moods of Future Joys
By Alastair Humphreys
If Janapar doesn’t work, then this and Al’s other great books will.