I tend to be a bit of a hurricane. Dragging people through the storm with whatever crazy idea I get it in my head to do. Need a travel buddy? I’m already on the plane. Need someone to hike with? I’m waiting at the top of the mountain. Need someone to help paddle a raft going full speed toward potential death? You’ll find me at the front of the raft. That’s why an 11-day white water rafting trip in the Grand Canyon has been in my brain and on my bucket list for a while. But putting something on a bucket list isn’t enough. So I decided to make it happen for myself and five others.
It’s the perfect combination of things I enjoy:
Adventure, nature, and fun- not only to do, but also to remember doing. After all, sometimes the best part of doing cool shit is looking back on it.
Growing up, I’d never have considered myself an “outdoorsy” or “adventure sports” type of person. I mean, I dropped out of Cub Scouts, was athletically husky, and didn’t even know I liked rollercoasters until I was in my early 20s.
However, my 20s were a time of learning, being selfish, and trying as much stuff as possible.
In the past few years, I’ve hiked 40 miles across the Grand Tetons, slept under the stars in Vietnam, and nearly drowned in the Ayung River in Bali.
I have always been a beach person. I have always liked the sound of the breaking waves. The view of ocean always calmed my soul. The sun and warmth was always necessary for my good mood. It still is. However, it’s been almost a year since I’m living in the mountains. Waking up every morning and seeing snowy tops makes me feel at home.
Those snowy peaks makes everyone humble. There’s certain intensity about that high alpine. It is guarded by wind and snow and ruled by gravity. And it is where we find these moments that defines us as people. When we are on the mountain, everything and everyone else feels tiny. Including all our worries and problems. It’s just the present moment and us, especially when we know that it has been snowing in the night and fresh powder is waiting. This is what I have discovered about the mountains, which actually added a lot of joy, fun and of course, challenge to my life. If you want to read more about it https://aisteri.com/blog/first-winter-season-in-the-alps/
I remember seeing the lineup and knowing immediately that this was something I had to experience. This was back in 2014; I was 25. Acts like The Killers and Jack Johnson still held the top tier of headlining performers. While performers like Childish Gambino and Chance the Rapper were buried towards the bottom. But I remember convincing myself that I was going to the Hangout Festival that year. What I failed to consider, was that this would require planning, money, flights, etc. Time and energy my 25 year old self wasn’t ready to dedicate to something, even as amazing as Hangout Fest. So I balked. I sold my ticket last minute, at a loss, and I’ve lived the last 5 years regretting that decision.
“If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet”
Many of us dream of packing their bags and going to a far flung part of the world to immerse themselves in a totally different culture.
For several of us, we are held back from going out into the world and traveling the way we always dream of. For some, it's not having the resources of time to plan our dream trip, for others it's not having enough money, and then there are those of us who simply don't have anyone to travel with.
This is what inspired the creation of WiGo Trips™.
India is one of the most fascinating and majestic countries you can visit. It is said that you can explore India for several years and still only see a fraction of what she has to offer.
If you visit India in the spirit of acceptance and the willingness to learn and soak in a culture that may be vastly different to your own, you will be richly rewarded.
Observing the 5 recommendations below, will help to ensure that your voyage across India will be an enjoyable and unforgettable one.
1. Take your time
India is a vast and diverse country that serves up many different types of experiences. No words or phrases can do it justice. A rookie mistake that some travelers make when visiting this magnificent country is that they try to cram too much of it into trip.
About a year ago we had the pleasure of meeting Todd. From the first moment we met we knew he was an "explorer", the traveler who seeks to create paths in uncharted territories then turns around and inspires others to seek out those same paths as he guides them along the way through his words. He embodied the explorer so much that we modeled our explorer archetype around him. For explorers it's not enough to go out into the world and have a bunch of meaningless adventures. Explorers are on a mission, a mission to FEEL EVERY MOMENT OF LIFE, and those moments must be met with depth and novelty. Todd, as other explorers set out to do, lives a life that is balanced by his dreams, desire for [some] stability, and his insatiable appetite for personal growth.
As our Explorer archetype, we often reach out to Todd for inspiration, insight, and guidance. Over the last year this routine has fostered a friendship founded on a common desire to create a movement that will inspire others to live deeper fuller lives through travel. During one of our deep dives, we were generating a list of travelers to interview. Naturally Todd was on our list. When we reached out and sent a list of the topics we would be covering, Todd responded in his typical explorer way. He went to his thought bank and pulled out an article that was perfectly suited for the conversation being covered.
Article by Mark Turner | WiGo Trips Blogger, Adventurist, and Dreamer
"Travel to Inspire
Travel to Grow
Travel to Set your Soul on fire!"
If you are someone who has heard the voice in your head tell you “there's so much more”, this read is for you. For those with a sense of adventure and an unshakable desire to create compelling experiences with others, this is also for you. Whichever category you fall in, know that life has led you exactly where you need to be.
Let’s get right into it.
I wasn’t always a believer that travel was within my means. In fact, I thought it was downright impossible for someone like me to travel the way I get to now. While I may have believed that there wasn’t a means to travel without being wealthy (I was so wrong), I was always listening and keeping an open mind to the trajectory my path was on. I knew if I listened to that feint little voice telling me to wake up and go live my life the way I envision then eventually ill wind up exactly where I need to be. So, I kept listening and kept taking massive action and whadda ya know? Sure, enough, I was surrounded by incredible like-minded people, that I had the pleasure of taking trip after trip with that changed the very embodiment of who I am as a person in miraculous ways.Tackling life as an adventure head on without dwelling on the “what if?”
When planning a group trip there are six things to consider. Geographic location, budget, what to do, where to stay, when to go, and who is going to go with you.