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33 Heroic Adventures to Take Today

33 Adventures of a Lifetime

Planning your next heroic adventure, we’ve narrowed down some of the most memorable destinations in the world to get you off the beaten path and feed your adventurous spirit.

When you are seeking an unforgettable journey, you won’t wrong with these 33 destinations.

From the markets of Iquitos, Peru deep in the Amazon to the best food in the world at Noma in Denmark, the Heroic Adventures team scanned their collective experiences to choose the best adventures to take now.

Journey on!

1. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Foreground water reflecting Ankgor Temple Cambodia

Base yourself out of Cambodia’s Temple Town, Siem Reap, to begin your explorations of the massive Angkor Wat temple area.

This ancient Buddhist temple is the largest in the world which has a deep history dating back to the 12th century.

Angkor Wat is only one of about 50 temples scattered across 155 square miles.

The ruins fight the onslaught of jungle occupation, in recent years–thanks to the fall of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge–refurbishing temples to a visitable state has included land mine eradication in parallel to rapid development in Siem Reap to host in the influx of tour groups.

After taking a tour of the temple, explore the surrounding jungle and the sacred River of a Thousand Lingas.

2. Secret Beach, Kauai

View of Kilauea Lighthouse from Secret Beach in Kauai Hawaii

While most Hawaii beaches have endless stretches of sand and palm trees, none can compare to the secluded Secret Beach on Kauai.

Hike downhill through the natural bushes can cascading waterfalls to reach the 3,ooo foot stretch of sand.

Whale watch or observe the Kilauea Lighthouse from, the shores or by kayak.

3. Wuyishan, Fujian, China

Wuyishan People Rafting in Mountain River on Bamboo Canoe

Located in the Wuyishan Mountain range, this Chinese city has been recognized for both its cultural influences and beautiful surroundings.

After enjoying some local rock tea, venture through 36 different mountain peaks.

Hike through the one-of-a-kind rainforests in the nature reserve or explore the subtropical forests, which contain thousands of different plant and animal species.

4. Santorini, Greece

Whitewashed Windmill overlooking ocean in Santorini Greece

Known for its black sand beaches and white cliff-side buildings, Santorini mesmerizes as if you were in a dream landscape.

You can take a walking tour of the rocky cliffs or enjoy water sports in the Amoundi Bay.

Indulge Greek cuisine and sip the national drink Ouzo as you absorb the atmosphere found only within Greek borders.

5. Jellyfish Lake, Eli Malk Island, Palau

Snorkel with Jellyfish - Jellyfish Lake Pallau

The Rock Islands are well-known for being mostly untouched and uninhabited, making them the perfect spot for outdoor adventures.

Jellyfish Lake is an ocean-connected lake surrounded by limestone and reef.

Populated by rare Moon and Golden jellyfish, this secluded lake is perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving.

6. Black Rock City, Nevada, Burning Man

Girl Spinning Fire at Burning Man Festival Nevada Desert

Head to the world’s foremost nomadic city known for it’s hedonism as well as it’s art.

Black Rock City, Nevada–better known in the collective consciousness as Burning Man is a must visit destination for any well traveled soul.

From unimaginable art to the the upturning of social reality, when you leave Black Rock City, don’t be surprised if you feel like you’ve just returned from another planet when you leave this most famous festival of the desert.

Don’t let the entry fee or the hardship stop from this journey because, until Elon Musk or another Space X like venture makes extraterrestrial visitations achievable, going to Black Rock City and Burning Man will remain the world’s cheapest ticket to another planet.

Burning Man - Festival of the Desert

7. Nova Scotia, Canada

Canada Coastline Nova Scotia

Enjoy the tranquil views of the rocky coastlines on this calm Canadian island before taking advantage of the large waves and extreme tides.

Whether you want to see some puffins or whales via kayak or surf Lawrencetown Beach, you’ll find the extreme water sports you seek in Nova Scotia.

8. Venice, Italy

Venice Italy Coffee Drinking Overlooking Canal

One of the most iconic activities in Venice is a Gondola ride and serenade.

Very few people realize that the city waterways are perfect for kayaking.

When you are done touring the historic city by boat, venture to the nearby island farms and vineyards for some of the best Italian cuisine in the area.

For the lowdown on Italian coffee check out The Origins of Italian Coffee Culture.

9. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Town of Dubrovnik Croatia looking down from hilltop

Step back in time when you visit this intact walled city bordering the Adriatic Sea.

This World Heritage site isn’t just home to unique architecture and historic buildings; it is also  home to some of the most unique beaches in the world.

Kayak or sail to nearby (only 10 minutes from Dubrovnik) Lokrum Island to swim in the Dead Sea or marvel all the exotic plants.

10. Hong Kong Islands

View over ocean from Lama Island with hiking path in foreground

Hong Kong may be one of the world’s most packed metropolis’s but within a convenient ferry float away you can access a number of Hong Kong’s 263 islands.

Explore former pirate hideouts and enjoy a seafood feast seaside on Lamma Island, easily accessible from the Central Piers in front of Hong Kong Island tallest building the IFC.

Get your hiking poles ready if you want to traverse the island, you can check the ferry times here.

For other islands you can visit from the Central Piers check here.

11. Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Trincomalae Beach View

Trincomalee is a small  town filled with luxury resorts and surrounded by rocky beaches.

For adventurers looking to dive in the India Ocean or spend a few days on a yacht, the tranquil environment and active wildlife conservation efforts in Trincomalee make this place an intriguing destination.

When in Sri Lanka you'll also want to check out: 

Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka – A Beach Paradise >>> click to read more

12. Istanbul, Turkey

Blue Mosque Istanbul Turkey sunset

Istanbul is known for its unique architecture and stunning waterways.

While most tourists try to see the historic buildings by cruise, many adventurers can taking to the skies: floating around the large city in a hot air balloon.

When you’ re looking to escape the city life, float over nearby Cappadocia, a natural site known for its large cone-shaped rock formations.

13. Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Have you ever wanted to take a tour of an active volcano?

Volcanoes National Park is home to Mauna Loa, the 2nd largest volcano on Earth and responsible for forming a large part of the Hawaiian island chain.

Travel across the observatory road trail or spend a few days camping and climbing the natural lava formations.

14. Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand

Wanaka South Island

Home of the Swiss Alps, South Island attracts thousands of skiers and hikers every year.

What sets Wanaka a part from the other small towns is its closeness to Mount Aspiring National Park, making it the perfect fishing spot.

Sip wine and relax in a luxury lakeside hotel or set off on your own to enjoy the pristine mountains.

15. Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre Italy Houses on rock outcrop overlooking ocean

Want to get the true Italian experience?

Travel along the rugged coastline to the historical towns in Cinque Terre.

These colorful cities are known for their strong ties to the Italian Riviera, offering fishing charters.

After your day at sea, tour one of the many ancient vineyards located throughout the mountains, where they practice heroic viticulture–classified as vineyards at altitudes above 600 feet and on slopes of no less than 30% grade in difficult to grow conditions.

16. Marrakesh, Morocco

Entrance to Marrakesh (tower) Morocco North Africa

Marrakesh is known for its beautiful gardens and medieval palaces surrounded by the Atlas Mountains.

If you have already hiked through the Atlas Mountain range, spend a few days camping in the Sahara Desert.

Ride through the sand on the back of a camel or pitch a tent in a luxurious oasis.

17. Michaelmas Cay, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Great Barrier Reef Australia

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest stretch of protected coral reef known to man.

Michaelmas Cay is well-known for its rare fish and sea bird sightings.

Charter a glass-bottom catamaran or go snorkeling.

The most extreme adventurers can combine their snorkeling tours with a skydiving session, where you’ll get clear views of the islands and the pristine ocean waters.

18. Hakone, Japan

Hakone Japan Mt Fuji Hikers Shrine Lake

This volcanic region is known for its traditional Japanese inns and hot springs.

It is a favorite destination among Mount Fuji hikers looking to relax or tour the world-class art museums.

The beautiful Lake Ashi creates a picturesque environment and provides several opportunities for sightseeing cruises.

Alternatively, travel along the Hakone Ropeway to get a perfect view.

19. Bogota, Colombia

City of Bogota, Colombia view of rooftops

This vibrant city is surround by the Andes Mountains, making it perfect for urban adventurers and outdoorsmen alike.

Whether you are touring the historic buildings or hiking to the El Chiflon Waterfall, you will have a rewarding experience.

If you would like to bask in the unique Andes wildlife, try taking an exclusive ecotour.

20. Iquitos, Peru

View Looking at Floating Houses and boats over the Itaya River in Iquitos, Peru

The largest town in the Peruvian Amazon, Iquitos can only be arrived at via boat or plane. Its border spreads from riverside to thick jungle and feels far from everything and in a different world.

Known for clean skies and smiles, when you are looking for a safe place to experience an Ayahuasca Retreat you won’t go wrong in Iquitos, just make sure you do your due diligence before committing to any specific shaman and their ayahuasca ceremony.

Beyond journeys involving medicine plants, you can visit Amazonian islands and experience Shipibo culture or go on a multi-day Amazon tour to view wildlife and begin to get a feel for the the mysteries enshrouded by the vast Amazon.

Belen Market, Iquitos, Peru

21. Milford Sound, New Zealand

Milford Sound snow covered steep mountains in background and water of the sound in foreground

Milford Sound is best known for the Milford Track, a 53 kilometer adventure starting at Lake Te Anau.

If you would rather see the mountain peaks and suspension bridges from a distance, try navigating the river ways by kayak or charter a helicopter for a scenic flight.

22. Sa Pa, Lào Cai Province, Vietnam

Sa Pa, Lào Cai Province, Vietnam

Sa Pa is known for its curvy roads and inconsistent weather, but it is also home to some of the most beautiful mountains in Vietnam.

Situated on the border of China, this region is perfect for people looking to hike through lush, diverse landscapes.

Trek or cycle by a number of orchid gardens and traditional rice terraces before settling down for the night in a remote hotel.

23. Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

Highest Train Station in Europe Bernese Overland

This Swiss region has several unique attractions for the outdoor adventurer.

It is home to the Bernese Alps and Lake Thum, both of which are perfect for hiking.

Called by some, The Top of Europe. The Bernese Oberland is home of Europe’s highest train station (11,3302 feet above sea level), so–for you train buffs–this is the place of the most heroic train adventure at altitude in Europe.

Medieval history buffs can also appreciate roaming through the many small villages, many of which have history dating back to the 1200’s.

24. Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Hot Springs Iceland Blue Lagoon

Relax while you enjoy breathtaking scenery at this geothermal spa.

One of the 25 wonders of the worldBlue Lagoon was formed by a volcanic erupt ion that created a unique landscape.

For those that don’t want to soak in the saltwater, hike towards the nearby town of Grindavik to get amazing pictures of the lava beds.

25. Antelope Canyon, Arizona, United States

Arizona Navajo Land Sandstone Slot Canyon, 'Antelope Canyon'

Natural beauty can come from any landscape, even dry and dead ones. These spiraling canyon walls reach up more than 120 feet in some areas.

At some point in history, rushing water created the curves and grooves in the sandstone. 

The canyon is a sacred site to Navajo, and is called – Tsé bighánílíní: “the place where water runs through rocks.”

Since the destination is on the Navajo Nation (i.e. sovereign Native American territory) interested travelers must take a guided tour to see the canyon.

The tour guides give a great overview of the history and creation of the sacred walls.

Perfect for any type of traveler and does not require any climbing or strenuous activity.

26. Copenhagen, Denmark

Boat in Canal of Copenhagen

Walk, bike or boat through this culinary town.

Copenhagen in recent years emerged as the epicenter of Nordic haute cuisine.

Scandinavian chefs have put Copenhagen on any adventurous epicure’s map with the reopening of the what for a few years was noted as the world’s top restaurant Noma, now located in the anarchist enclave known as Freetown Christiania–time will tell if the restaurant will recapture it’s former glory.

There is more to Copenhagen than the food. But, start with the food and the rest will follow naturally.

27. Malmö, Sweden

Sail Boats in foreground, Turning Torso Building in middle wiith blue sky Malmo Sweden

Malmö is a huge city known for its unique architecture and historic boardwalk.

And, it’s just a short train ride–thirty minutes–from our last entry, Copenhagen.

Map illustrating time to travel between Malmö and Copenhagen by train

While the Western Harbour is great for swimming and sunbathing, adventurers tend to head to King’s Park for jogging or cycling.

If you’re planning on backpacking through Skåne, you’ll notice the modern, urban atmosphere is much different than nearby historical Copenhagen.

28. Siwa Oasis, Egypt

Siwa Oasis Egypt Ruins of Shali and Palm trees

This isolated oasis is the perfect destination to get away from the tourists and discover natural beauty.

You can take in the natural lands and fertile fields, along with vast stretches of the Sahara Desert.

Set up your tent in the sand and stargaze in the darkness. Or bring your bathing suit for a dip in both hot and cool natural pools.

You won’t find a better opportunity to both relax and de-stress. The oasis can be an easy day-trip from the hub of Cairo.

The oasis itself is one of Egypt’s most isolated settlements, with a unique culture and very distinct language.

There are plenty of other unique destinations within the oasis as well, including the Temple of the OracleCleopatra’s Bath, and Fortress of Shali.

29. Wolf Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Wolf Island Galapos, Diving With Whale Shark

It’s no secret that the Galapagos Islands are home to some of the unique animals on the planet.

For Wolf Island, this is especially true, showcasing several species of rare birds, including the vampire finch.

Scuba divers can also appreciate the abundance of whales, sharks and marine fish in the areas clear waters.

30. Vieques Island, Puerto Rico

Vieques Island Puerto Rico

This tropical island in Bioluminescent Bay is famous for its quiet beaches and boat tours.

The water surrounding the island is a unique blue-green popular amongst local wildlife and the best place to glimpse an assortment of water creatures on a diving safari.

After exploring the ocean, go for a hike through the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge to enjoy an encounter with the parks herds of wild horses.

31. Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Fairy Pools Scotland

Do you want to visit a scene right out of a fairy tale? Are you ready to see the visions from your dreams?

Travelers delight when they set foot in the Isle of Skye and behold the Fairy Pools.

These pools in Scotland feature crystal clear waters that perfectly reflect the baby blue skies.

Though the pools are completely natural, the otherworldly colors make them seem almost unnatural. This is a very popular spot for swimmers and even features perfect diving locations.

The walk back to the pools is short and easy, perfect for any traveler. This site is perfect for that afternoon family picnic or evening swim.

32. Faroe Islands, Denmark

Faroe Islands Church Denmark

These 18 volcanic islands have a lot to offer hikers, as most of the rocky islands are untouched by man.

While you could stay in the largest city, Torshavan, and travel by sea or land to different nature sites, you’ll get the best experience staying in one of the secluded villages surrounded by the sea.

33. Waitomo’s Glow Worm Caves, New Zealand

Waitomo Cave Interior dark except for thousands of glowing worms hanging from the cave's ceiling

This destination almost seems too magical to be real, let alone natural.

However, in these New Zealand caves, thousands of glow worms illuminate the walls in a mysterious and otherworldly way.

The attraction is now very easy to get to, and boat tours can be taken in the cave. A visitor’s center is even set up by the entrance for information on the site and more.

This site is known as worth visiting, with even locals touting the natural beauty.

When you want to get a little more adventurous, you can try out one of the activity packages which include rock climbing and rafting.


There you have it, 33 unforgettable adventures to add to your bucket list.

What’s left now but to book your trip, plan your journey and bon voyage my dear adventurer.

How to Play Mahjong: The #1 Basic Guide [Illustrated]

How to Play Mahjong

To a viewer unfamiliar with mahjong, the game and how to play it can present a bewildering spectacle, what with its walls of tiles, talk of prevailing winds and the constant clatter of pieces being discarded in turn by the four opposing players.

Appearances, however, can be deceptive.

This quintessentially Chinese game is, in fact, very similar to a number of Western card games such as rummy. The goal in mahjong is to complete a set with your tiles similar to a poker or rummy hand.

Anyone used to card games where a winning hand consists of a straight flush or a full house can easily get their head around the basic rules of mahjong.

Mahjong: The Tiles

Tiles Used to Play Mahjong

The most distinctive pieces in a mahjong set are undoubtedly the tiles.

Based originally on paper cards, the tiles are now solid, chunky pieces with an image or character on one side (similar in a sense to a domino) and a thick backing of bamboo or, more usually these days, plastic on the other.

There are three categories of tiles:

  1. simples
  2. honors
  3. bonus

As is the case with a set of playing cards, the simples fall into suits.

How to Play Mahjong Tiles on Table

In mahjong there are three suits for simples:

  1. bamboos
  2. characters
  3. circles

Each suit consists of nine tiles numbered one through nine. There are four copies of each of these tile in a set.

The honor tiles are divided between dragons (red, green and white) and winds (east, south, west and north) while the optional bonus tiles (flowers and seasons) are used mainly for the purposes of scoring and gambling.

Mahjong: The Dice

Attractive Women Holding Chinese Dice, Text on Image says "Mahjong Dice"

A mahjong set will also include a number of dice with which players determine who is to deal and where the dealing is to begin and a marker to show who is dealing and which round is being played.

Some sets may also include counters to help with scoring and racks into which players may place their tiles so they remain hidden from the other players.

Mahjong: Standard Game

Mahjong Tiles in box: how to play mahjong for beginners guide

A standard game begins with the players choosing a dealer either by means of a high-scoring roll of the dice or by the blind drawing of wind tiles (featured in image below).

The dealer is assigned the position of East wind and play proceeds in a counter-clockwise motion to the other players, each of whom is assigned the wind respective to their position in regard to the dealer.

Mahjong Wind Tiles, Chinese Character meaning North, South, East, West, Middle (zhong)

When a round is finished, the position of dealer shifts to the player on the dealer’s right.

Once a dealer has been chosen and the tiles have been shuffled, each player takes thirty-six tiles and builds a wall in front of them two tiles high and eighteen tiles wide, see image below for what this looks like:

Building Wall Mahjong can get you to a winning hand

The players then push their walls together forming a square, the hollow center of which will be used for discarding tiles.

The dealer then rolls three dice and, counting along the row of tiles to his or her right, begins dealing from the tile which corresponds to the sum of the dice.

One by one, over three rounds, the players take four tiles at a time and one last tile for a total of thirteen tiles each.

Game play proper begins with the dealer taking an extra tile and then discarding a tile of his or her choice.

Three People Playing Chinese Mahjong Location Mainland China

A winning hand in mahjong consists of fourteen tiles.

Except when drawing a tile during a turn, however, a player should only ever have thirteen tiles in their possession.

The aim is to have your hand divided neatly between a number of groupings.

In mahjong these groupings consist of:

  • Lungs  – three of a kind
  • Kongs  – four of a kind
  • Chows – a run of three consecutive tiles of the same same suit
  • ‘A pair’ – used to round out a winning hand

During a round, a player draws a tile from the wall.

If the tile cannot be used to complete a set the player then discards it.

When another player can use the tile to complete a set, that player is allowed to claim it and take the next turn.

Otherwise, following a discard, play continues in a counter-clockwise motion until someone has completed a hand.

In Western games a winning hand is often referred to as a “mahjong” and the player will call it as such when he or she has drawn the winning tile.

How to Win Mahjong showing a winning hand

Mahjong: It’s Easier than You Think

It is the unusual set-up of the game which often seems so daunting to the novice player of mahjong. But once a player is used to the assigning of winds, the building of walls and the dealing of tiles, mahjong is actually quite straightforward.

Games can, of course, get rather complicated once you begin to grasp the possible strategies involved.

Systems of scoring too can render the game overly complex, but a player can always just adopt the simple option of scoring winning hands only.

how easy is mahjong?

Ultimately mahjong can be as simple or complex as you wish to make it and this is perhaps the secret of its enduring success.

For those of you taking Heroic Adventures to your local China town or further wanderings to parts of Asia, knowing how to play mahjong can be a way to make a healthy connection with locals and gain deep insight into local culture.

How to Play Mahjong: The Top Books for Beginners

American Mahjong Set, Panda Tiles with Tawny Brown Fabric Case

Mahjong Panda Set

Ayahuasca Retreats USA: No Need for the Amazon Ceremonies Now?

Ayahuasca Retreat USA

There are physical adventures, there are mental adventures, and then there is ayahuasca: a relentless spiritual-physical-mental adventure that may be one of the most intense ordeals your soul can choose to experience in this life.

If an ayahuasca ceremony is on your bucket list, you no longer have to go all the way to South America’s Amazon to reach your goal.

Thanks to religious freedoms in the USA, you can finally check-off this list item, the ayahuasca ceremony, without leaving the USA. There are a handful of legal ceremonies popping up in urban areas and far-out locations in scattered pockets across the United States of America.

According to our new section, the ayahuasca retreat directory, a Native American Church is offering ayahuasca in the United States for people interested in the sacramental ritual of an ayahuasca ceremony and the full-on spiritual practice of ayahuasca tea imbibing.

“The tea, known as Ayahuasca, is revered as sacred by Church members. It is a sacrament serving to heighten spiritual understanding and perception, and brings the practitioners closer to God and the Divine.” — Chief Minister Steve Hupp

It seems that the religious protections invoked by the religious freedom in America have made it possible — for people acting under the auspices of a church — to recruit new members to the church’s spiritual practices, where, as a potential member, you can partake in the ritual drinking of ayahuasca.

In other ceremonies that take place in the USA, invoking religious freedoms, take the UDV, for example, where it’s typical for UDV ayahuasca sessions to include dancing all night, wearing pure white clothes, and singing Christian songs. That’s right, the UDV is Christian. During a ceremony you’ll be immersed in an alternative Christian world that — to outsiders, the uninitiated, fundamentalist, or bible pounding puritans — may seem like sacrilege.

For the Native American church in Kentucky, you’ll have contact them to find out exactly what their ceremonies entail.

This is the most unusual US ayahuasca experience to come across Heroic Adventures’ radar, and it happens to be located in the same state as one of North America’s most famous horse races, the Kentucky Derby.

Yes, you read that correctly, Kentucky.

Save the South American journey. Instead, buy your plane ticket to Kentucky.

In all fairness, probably not everyone is as excited about an ayahuasca adventure in Kentucky as they would be taking the sacred medicine, say, with a Shipibo medicine man in South America — but, the novelty of the offer can’t be disputed.

Imagine it, you can fly from New York City down to Kentucky in a weekend. After drinking ayahuasca and having a lifetime’s worth of spiritual bombardment entering your consciousness, you’ll be a new person when you go back to the office in New York on Monday.

It’s time to take a Heroic Adventure not to the Amazon but to Kentucky.


Compare the first photo from the Amazon, below, to the second photo of Kentucky, below, it would appear there is a spiritual connection between the two… Well, at least, they both have a lot of nice green plants.

Ayahuasca Retreat USA

The Amazon isn’t the only place to legally ingest ayahuasca. Ceremonies are now emerging commercially in the United States of America.

Kentucky, USA Ayahuasca Ceremonies

Looking a bit like the Amazon without the river, in Kentucky you can now legally drink ayahuasca with a Minister from a Native American Church.


And, a caveat from a reader:

“Hey Team,

I’m not one to normally send feedback on posts, but this feels especially warranted. I appreciate you giving information to the public about Ayahuasca ceremonies being held in the U.S. I believe it’s a positive move forward that Americans will have Ayahuasca as a more accessible possibility. However, as someone who has experienced Ayahuasca, I really advise against saying things like “Imagine it, you can fly from New York City down to Kentucky in a weekend. After drinking ayahuasca and having a lifetime’s worth of spiritual bombardment entering your consciousness, you’ll be a new person when you go back to the office in New York on Monday.” That’s a very, very scary thing to advise people to do. When you take the medicine, it stays in your system for a much longer period than the one or two days you’ve actually consumed it. You need to have preparations in place for how you’re going to reintegrate into your daily life after the experience, and making it sound like it’s a “no big deal, let’s go do Ayahuasca this weekend” kind of thing is not only dangerous but it’s furthermore disrespectful toward and completely underestimating the power of the medicine.

I’m not trying to be a heckler, but please understand that this is powerful stuff. For the sake of your readers, I hope you reconsider the phrasing of your post and add in how important it is to seriously consider whether they’re ready to take the medicine, as well as how important it is for them to do their research regarding preparations before and after the experience.

Thanks for your time,
Lori”

(updated August 26, 2015)

Interesting Discussion on Legality of Ayahuasca in the USA

In the Fall of 2015, a website popped up touting the First Ayahuasca Church in the USA that is open for ceremonies to anyone. Now this is a distinct organization front Mr Hupp (in the article above). After this article was published detailing why this church is not legal–it seems the site went offline, maybe it will emerge again–for your own investigations–here is the link: https://ayahuascahealings.com.

And to see the site in it’s original splendor, the Internet Archive has a stash of how the site last looked on November 20th, 2015, available here: Ayahuasca Healing Internet Archive Snapshot 

A curious story in the world of spirituality, religious rights, internet marketing, and law.

(updated April 23, 2019)

 

TrailBuddy Trekking Poles Review | Amazon #1 Best Seller Now

Trail Buddy Trekking Poles Review

TrailBuddy Trekking Poles​: QUICK OVERVIEW

​Materials

​Weight

​Grip

​Price

What We Like
  • ​Durable core material
  • Lightweight
  • ​Included carry bag ​& tip baskets
  • ​Collapsible
  • Easy to pack
What We Don't Like
  • ​Could be lighter
  • ​Feet loosen easily

​Whether you want a general set of trekking poles or you want something that is ultralight to make your overall carrying weight less, you might be surprised to find that TrailBuddy Trekking Poles show up as one of the top sellers in nearly every category.

What is it about these trekking poles that make them such a reliable set of poles? Will their features fit what you need on your next hike? Knowing these answers can help you make a more informed decision when buying trekking poles.

​Heroic Adventure's in-depth review will break down whom these poles work best for, what type of support they provide, and other vital details about TrailBuddy Trekking Poles.

TrailBuddy Trekking Pole Review

TrailBuddy Trekking Poles

​TrailBuddy Trekking Poles are one of the most popular trekking poles around, but what makes them such a great fit for so many hikers? Let’s take a closer look to find out.

Who This Product Is For?

​These trekking poles are ideal for any level hiker no matter their height! Since these are adjustable hiking poles with cork grips and various feet attachments, these poles can be used across multiple terrains with relative ease.

Whether you have knee injuries or have never had any injuries at all, you will find that these poles offer a reliable and steady amount of support that can help lessen the impact that hard terrain and downhill stretches will have on you while hiking.

If you want an ultralight hiking pole, these poles still qualify! While they are an aluminum pole that does not weigh as little as some poles on the market, they are relatively lightweight for the category and can fit the bill for ultralight hikes.

What’s Included?

​This set of trekking poles comes with a number of different tips and baskets for the bottom of your poles all specialized for different terrain conditions.

The poles come with:

  • ​one pair of mud baskets
  • one pair of snow baskets
  • two pairs of rubber tips 
  • one pair of connectors
  • one carry bag for your poles

With all of these items, you’ll be able to use these poles successfully for a long time in nearly any hiking environment you encounter.

Overview of the Features

​These trekking poles are made out of a durable, affordable aluminum blend. This special blend used by TrailBuddy is lighter than some of the more expensive poles, and that difference in weight will help you feel less fatigue while on the trail.

Additionally, these are very sturdy poles. If you begin to fall and use the poles to brace your weight, you won’t break them. They are a safe and secure set of poles that you can expect to be able to use for a long time.

While these trekking poles are not shock-absorbing, they still do a decent job of negating the impact caused by downhill stretches. This will take pressure and pain away if you lean on them as you hike downhill.

These poles are adjustable in height (for details check out the video below), and they can also be collapsed down to just 21” for easy packing and storage. Once disassembled, it is easy to put them back together and have them ready for you to hike within just a few minutes.

​How TrailBuddy Poles are Adjusted

How You Can Remove and Reattach TrailBuddy Trekking Pole Straps

​This set of trekking poles also comes with a few different tips and baskets for the bottom of your poles. The various designs of these bottom replacements will help you to take on any type of terrain.

Lastly, the set comes with two pairs of rubber tips since you will likely use them most often, and they can wear out quickly because of this.

How to Use

​Using trekking poles isn’t tricky, but there are some basic guidelines that you should follow when putting these poles into action to be sure that you are supporting your body correctly and lowering your risk for injury.

This video gives a great, in-depth explanation of how to use poles:

Alternative

​If you do more cold-weather hiking than hot-weather hiking, you might want to choose something with a rubber grip instead of a cork grip. The Life in Motion Trekking Poles have different grips and may be a good option.

If you want to go for something even lighter, trying carbon fiber poles is probably the best choice for you. The YAPASPT Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles offers a similar experience as the TrailBuddy poles, but they have a different core material.

​Final Verdict

​As you can see, this set of trekking poles from TrailBuddy is a good set for nearly any type of hiker. Whether you’re just getting into hiking or you simply want to get a basic, reliable set of trekking poles for every kind of terrain, these poles can provide just that.

If you want poles that are durable, reliable, and fit for many different heights and types of terrains, this is an excellent set for you. Plus, you can choose one of seven different colors—who doesn’t like to customize their hiking gear with their favorite color?

#1 Success Secret to Location Independent Ecommerce Business

location independent entreprenuership

Thanks to the development of eCommerce, it’s never been easier for those seeking the nomadic lifestyle to structure their business in a way that allow them to travel and to sell goods across the globe via location independent ecommerce.

Sales have progressed from trekking the Silk road to get goods from Thailand to Italy. These days, logistics solutions can deliver a bouquet of fresh flowers, from a manufacturer in Connecticut to a customer in a Paradise Island!

But this ease of delivery also has its share of hoops to jump through.

Sellers find they have to make more decisions for their business than they envisaged. Among other things, they have to decide on the best locations for their warehouses, or whether to even fulfill orders straight from the manufacturer.

Having to choose from many options leads to decision paralysis among sellers, causing some to decline any cross-border selling. But with the cross-border opportunity estimated at $60 – 100 billion, that doesn’t seem to be a smart business decision.

Moreover, when you structure your business to fit your lifestyle–in this case a lifestyle of travel–you can gain advantages by understanding the locations you are traveling in and their market needs; the eyes of the traveling soul allow for increased marketplace opportunities and connections around the world.

Understanding Global Logistics and Travel go Hand in Hand

Taking advantage of the opportunity presented by globalization, requires understanding how international logistics works.

As a location independent entrepreneur, you are at an advantage to having clarity on this compared to your homebound competitors.

The problem is many sellers are stuck in their local understanding of logistics as being “the movement of goods from one place to another”.

For a business with plans to sell overseas, it can be significantly more than that:

Global logistics encompasses the sourcing of suppliers, finding most efficient ways to get the SKUs to a storage facility, how it is packaged to survive international travel, how it will get to the paying customer etc. On a global scale, you also have to contend with the different rules regarding transportation, customs and tariffs in every country.

It’s fair to say global logistics can be quite a complicated process.

The Global Supply Chain is the Secret to True Location Independent Ecommerce

Location Independent Ecommerce

Instead of sellers trying to focus on the 1,001 different elements they have to get right, they can do better by channeling their efforts towards creating an effective global supply chain.

In recent years, more manufacturers are setting up foreign factories to benefit from tariff and trade concessions, low cost labor, reduced logistics costs etc.

For smaller companies, this is a gateway to creating global collaborations that will be mutually beneficial. In a bid to get to market faster, more companies are splitting their supply chain across continents.

Take storage for example, if you have enough contacts and suppliers internationally, you can reduce the amount of stock you have to hold. This translates into cost savings for storage and transport.

A global supply chain also makes securing of almost any item easier, after all it is being produced somewhere in the world. And, as you travel with an eye for business opportunities, you’ll be sure to encounter products and manufacturers in countries you pass through.

Developing a global supply chain has huge benefits for any sized business.

Apart from time and cost savings, here are some more advantages of location independent ecommerce enabled by advances in cloud fulfillment:

  • Due to the time differences across countries, the global supply chain operates on a 24/7 basis. The chain is constantly on the move, working to meet all your supply chain requirements.
  • Operating a global supply chain brings new opportunities for the markets. For example, if you source goods from China and store them in Hong Kong, it is feasible that you may find other customers in other parts of Asia. Since you already have established sources in the region, selling to customers here will be done at a lower cost.
  • The global supply chain allows you ‘borrow’ expertise from a varied number of other businesses. Not everyone runs their business exactly like you; by studying their models, you can learn new production, distribution or marketing methods, from others.
  • Having a global supply chain increases your chances of maintaining sales, even if there is an economic downturn in some other markets.

By integrating a global supply chain into your remotely structured eCommerce business, you’ll find that the elements of global logistics that you need to get right, seem to fall into place.

Remember the supply chain is working around the clock, meaning your goods are moved from stage to stage efficiently.

Developing a global supply chain that works in your industry involves an in-depth analysis of all the moving parts of your supply chain.

  • Are your products manufactured in Asia or in Northern America?
  • Will you require special packaging for particular SKUs?

Answer these and other critical questions and you’ll be close to developing a supply chain that can handle all your logistics needs and allow you peace of mind to be able to build the foundations of an income stream that allows you the freedom and flexibility to operate it from anywhere.

  • Are you ready to increase sales and profits by reducing your dependence on the local economy?
  • Are you ready to expand your businesses and enter into new markets?
  • Are you running a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter or Indiegogo and need to easily track deliveries to your backers using a campaign management tool like Backerkit?

If you are running a product based business, doing crowdfunding or otherwise need an eCommerce fulfillment partner that simplifies your operations by shipping globally from one fulfillment hub at near domestic rates, search online for global ecommerce fulfillment providers and see how they can help you navigate the global supply chain and actualize your ocation independent ecommerce lifestyle.

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