Since quitting my last job as a miserable graphic designer in 2005, I’ve been building a career as an adventurer, travel writer and filmmaker. Although my travels have largely been based around Expedition1000, a series of 25 non-motorised journeys over 1,000 miles, the most rewarding parts of being self-employed have come between the journeys.
As anyone who has chosen to travel slowly will know, the kindness of humans is always at its most evident when you put yourself out there, are in the midst of living a story and accept being vulnerable.
For three years I’ve run an organically-growing, life-affirming brand called SayYesMore, which centres on a simple message: allow strangers to become friends and don’t let opportunities to enrich you slip by.
This summer I decided to spend three months in the UK, making the most of our beautiful land (and occasionally excellent weather) with the intention of turning my Facebook audience into real people.
I couldn’t have imagined the results. I began to invite these names and avatars to join me on a midweek wild camp, a weekend adventure or a paddleboarding trip down the Thames, and they came!
Suddenly a community (no, a tribe!) grew out of nowhere. These assorted people, almost all of them working in or around the city but starting to consider new options, suddenly found themselves nestling down in a field of long grass together.