Written by: Ally Pintucci
We're always on the hunt for the next great adventure.
Seat sales, buckets in Thailand, volcano hikes in Hawaii, waterfalls in Iceland - the list goes on.
When we think of travel, we tend to look to places far away more often than not, disregarding the opportunities that are just down the street. Somehow we have come to believe that if it's not far and foreign, then it has little value.
Yet adventuring in your own backyard is one of the most overlooked and cheapest ways of having more travel in your life, and can happen far more frequently then dropping everything and flying halfway around the globe. It's not about looking forward to a single trip that eats all your vacation time and travel budget, but about learning how to make the most of those 48 hour weekends we get, every single week.
And can we tell you a little secret?
You don't have to go far to experience the same sensations you get from travel. You can keep your eyes and heart open to this way of seeing when you experience adventures right at home.
See, travelling is a mindset.
It's a way of experiencing what's around us. And while it's easy to open our eyes and look around when we are in a new place, with the right practice, we can do the same thing right here at home.
Maybe we’re a little biased for wanting to blame Instagram on our wanderlust addiction, but one of the things we want to keep proving here at Chasing Sunrise is that adventure is accessible, even 30 minutes to 3 hours from your house.
It’s just a matter of you choosing to get off of your couch and go find them.
HUT TRIP 2016.
While we couldn’t take the whole community, we wanted to show that adventure is far more accessible than you think. That surrounding you are huts, trails, and places that will leave you with the same feeling that flying around the world does.
20 people nestled in a hut, 1,200 metres up in the mountains surrounded but glaciers and a bright blue turquoise lake.
20 people, who did not know each other rolling up to Seair Seaplanes to exchange welcome hugs for the first time.
20 people, most of which, would never be more than 20 minutes from the city they live in.
We loaded into float planes and said goodbye to 3G.
It's a bit nerve-racking to go into the unknown with strangers and no cell phone comfort to look to, but it also opens you up for the best adventure possible.
We take off and spend the next 20 minutes flying over Howe Sound and the beautiful Sea To Sky Corridor, into the tantalus range and land on water that straight up looked like blue gatorade.
We unloaded the planes and made our way to our home for the next 3 days - a place where we all got a lot more than what we expected.
Like travelling, adventure is also a mindset, And if you're open to anything, you're always in for one hell of an adventure.
From canoeing up to glaciers, climbing high to shower in waterfalls, exploring ice caves and hiking up to alpine meadows - this weekend was nothing short of adventure.
The best thing we learned - everyone has their own style of how they want to experience it, and we let people do just that. There were group hikes, solo adventures, time spent lounging by the lake, and float sessions - the weekend was about people coming together, bringing their unique styles, and doing their thing – together.
After spending 3 days in a hut with strangers, you begin to realize that generally, people have a few things in common: we all want to experience something meaningful, we all start off as strangers, and we are all in this together.
The great part was, that happened within the first hour of everyone settling into the hut and learning a bit about each other. Nerves were eased and people could just start to take down their walls and experience everything around them authentically.
COMMUNITY & WHAT WE STAND FOR
First and foremost, Chasing Sunrise is a community of people. Sometimes we can turn heads and give people the wrong impression about what we're about. It's not about hype, noise and big groups.
It's about encouraging people to wake up each morning and leave them with the inspiration and tools that they need to chase after whatever it is that they want in life. In doing that, we want them to do it with respect, integrity and leave every place they visit cleaner than how they found it.
Every person on that trip is now part of our family and we hope that they continue to bring more people into our community.
Our goal is to be constantly connecting like minded individuals and experiencing life the way it was meant to be experienced.
Overall it was a weekend in our backyard that was not to be forgotten. This is CS Hut Trip 2016:
Somehow we have come to believe that if it's not far and foreign, then it has little value. Yet adventuring in your own backyard is one of the most overlooked and cheapest ways of having more travel in your life, and can happen far more frequently then dropping everything and flying halfway around the globe. It's not about looking forward to a single trip that eats all your vacation time and travel budget, but about learning how to make the most of those 48 hour weekends we get, every single week. This is #CSHutTrip Video and blog post below. http://chasingsunri.se/blog/2016/7/22/theres-no-place-like-home And a huge shout out to Max Bailey for putting this together. #ChasingSunrise #JansportCanada #ItsGoodToBeHere #MySeairPosted by Chasing Sunrise on Thursday, September 1, 2016