Maybe you want to live abroad, write a memoir or bike across the country – or maybe you’re still getting in touch with your inner thrill seeker. Here’s some advice to help expand your horizons if you fantasize about…
Living An Expat Life
Small Step: Rent a flat in London. Visit net-lettings.co.uk to browse the rental listings.
Competing In A Triathlon
Giant Leap: Tackle an Ironman (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, 26.2-mile run)) and compete for a qualifying slot at in the World Championship (ironman.com)
Hiking The Appalachian Trail
Giant Leap: Take on the thru-hike (all 2,178 miles) from Georgia to Maine – giving yourself at least six months to make the journey. Find a description of each leg of the hike at appalachiantrail.org.
Owning a Business
Giant Leap: Create your own business model. Get info on loans from the Small Business Administration web site (sba.gov).
Writing Your Story
Giant Leap: Write a memoir. New York City’s Gotham Writer’s Workshop offers online classes on personal history writing for $395 (writingclasses.com); Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones can also help you get started.
Joining An Archaeological Dig
Small Step: Go on a guided tour of sites across the Southwest to explore artifacts among ancient cliff dwellings and historic trading posts (crowcanyon.org)
Giant Leap: Excavate a Roman necropolis – or dive for shipwrecks – in Menorca, Spain (ecomuseodecavalleria.com)
Small Step: Roadtripusa.com details four coast-to-coast car routes, like the Oregon Trail and the Loneliest Road.
Giant Leap: Make the trip by bike using the TransAmerica trail. Find advice on what to pack and how to get in shape, and buy maps of the route – from Astoria, Oregon to Yorktown, Virginia – at adventurecycling.org.
Being a Great Hostess
Giant Leap: Host a dinner of endive-pear salad and chicken piccata with help from the Barefoot Contessa. Watch clips of Ina Gerten making these recipes on foodnetwork.com
Going on Safari
Giant Leap: Take and unguided safari in Namibia in Tou Safaris’ 4×4 vehicles. Stay on the route, or live dangerously and go off-road for a better view of the wildlife (tou-safaris.com)
What small steps and big leaps are you taking towards your goals?
I’m corresponding with a school in Nepal, an editor in Mumbai and checking out destinations in Malaysia! What about you?