Tuesday, December 08, 2009

The Adventurer's Pot of Gold

Last night I tossed and turned quite a bit, and the thought occured to me that we haven't been taking enough "spontaneous adventures" lately here at our "home base" in The Netherlands. Sure, we have our usual winter flu and the weather's been bad, but all of that kind of melts away when you're wearing an explorer's hat.

Whether or not we have time for full-fledged adventures, if there's extra time, there's adventure time! With this in mind, more often than not I try to get beyond my innate last-minuteness, and give myself a 10-15 minute cushion to get somewhere. Instead of rushing, feeling guilty, and risking astronomical speeding fines, I notice the colors along the way, the changing seasons, and the occasional rainbow.

And what a special treat rainbows are! Today I discovered that just circling around to admire them in all their splendour; finding your way back to that perfect spot on the side of the road for a kodak moment, well in my book that's adventure enough. Who needs a pot of gold?
And if you do need a pot of gold, maybe you'll find it on the list of Passports with Purpose prizes (scroll down for a list of prizes). All contributions go towards building a school for children in Cambodia. Forget the "lucky charms"... this is a tangible treasure in the making!


Periscope Book Light in a Book Cover plus a novel.
$75 Lonely Planet Gift Certificate
A One Year International subscription to Wanderlust!


FLIP Mino 60 Minute Video Camcorder
Flip Ultra Video Camcorder
Casio Exilim EX-S5 10 Mega Pixel Digital Camera
Kodak Zi6 Pocket Video Camera
Fuji Instax Mini and film
$100 Gift Certificate to B&H Photo and Video


2 Night Stay at NYC's Roosevelt Hotel in a Suite With Room for the Whole Family
Two night stay at Monteleone Hotel in New Orleans
Three Nights at an Aqua Hotel in Waikiki
Five Nights at Los Suenos Resort in Costa Rica
2-night Stay at the Shangri-La Hotel in Vancouver, B.C.
One night at Seattle's Inn at the Market
Lunch and Walking Tour of San Francisco
$100 Gift Card
Hyatt Gold Passport 50,000 bonus points
Four Seasons Seattle - One night + Breakfast
$100 Gift Certificate to BedandBreakfast.com
Resort package for Coconut Bay, St Lucia
Great Alaskan TourSaver book filled with 2-for-1 travel coupons
Tranquility Bay resort package in Belize

General Gear

Kuru shoes
Briggs & Riley Large Shopping Tote
Tom Bihn Synapse Backpack
Briggs & Riley Baseline 20” Carry-On Expandable Wide-Body Upright
$100 OtterBox Gift Certificate
Road trip with Rover: Dog car safety package PacSafe
Kelty Backpack
A PHOTTIX® CLEON II Remote Trigger and 3-in-1 Cleaning Kit
Alpha Sherpa Back Pack
Sierra Designs Lightning XT 4 Tent
Horny Toad Men's and Women's Jacket
Klean Kanteen grab bag
ERGObaby HandsFree System
Maclaren Quest Stroller
iPod Touch


$100 Gift Certificate to Buckheadlife Restaurant Group
$100 Gift Certificate to Tots on-the-Go
$150 in gift cards from Shutterfly.com
Portable DVD Player w/2 7" Widescreens
$250 voucher for use on Travellerspoint's budget accommodation area. ´
Prism Portable Digital TV
Tifosi sunglasses
Ko'Aloha Soprano Ukulele
Personal Photo Shoot in Puget Sound Region
$100 Amazon Gift Card
$200 gift certificate for Viator.com tours & activities
Tahitian Pearl
$100 Gift Certificate for Children's Travel Activities
$150 Gift Certificate to Restaurant.com
Nintendo DS Lite
Free Tuition to Matador U's online travel writing program
Southwest Airlines $75 e-gift card
Gift Certificate to PosterBrain

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