Earlier this year I set a goal: reach out to 10 new heroes/mentors/big friends. My intention was to interview them, learn from them, but more importantly, begin to forge a real relationship with them. The first person that came to mind was British adventurer, author, and filmmaker Alastair Humphreys.
I’ve long admired Al. He’s a mainstay on the Escape speaker rotation, so I’ve met him several times. But I didn’t really know him. I reached out and fortunately he agreed to meet me near London’s Embankment.
Beyond a sea of suited city workers and through a Starbucks window, I spotted him. Which, to be honest, was about as unsettling as seeing a snow leopard trotting down main street or a black spider monkey lounging on your living room sofa. Humphreys is among a rare breed of professional Adventurer – someone who makes a living from adventuring.
Today I’m kicking off a video project called Backpack Chats, where I sit down and chat with interesting people I meet while traveling. These people either have a unique story, are living intentionally doing things they love, are incredibly inspiring, or all of the above.
My goals for this project are to share people’s stories, learn about life from different cultural perspectives, and really understand what makes people tick around the globe.