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PHOTOGRAPHY Lukas Senger


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Interview: Michael Brunt Photographer & Designer By Rosa Furneaux Page 12-15

Moving Abroad and Redefining Home By Sarah Ratner Page 46-51

How To Be An Explorer By Olivia Bossert Page 26-27

Filling the Blanks with Philly Lewis By Olivia Bossert Page 58-63

Interview: Alex Strohl By Rosa Furneaux Page 28-33

Travel Bucket List By Emma Lavelle Page 86-93 The Importance of Building Memories By Rona Keller Page 102-105

Just Beyond the Horizon: The World at the End of Your Comfort Zone By Rosa Furneaux Page 74-77

SIREN by Tom Buck Page 16-25

DESERT ROSE by Kristen Jan Wong Page 52-57

INTO THE JUNGLE by Kenneth Gronquist Page 94-101

SWEET DESERT OF MINE by Caleb Alvarado Page 34-45

THE TREK by Micaela Mandorff Page 64-73

SIEVERS by Lukas Senger Page 106-111

MIDNIGHT WEST by Adi Putra Page 78-85

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PHOTOGRAPHY Tom Buck


Sweden / United Kingdom / Romania / America / Germany / Spain / Australia

EDITOR IN CHIEF

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Olivia Bossert

Jessica Bailey

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

ONLINE EDITOR Jasmin Rauha

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EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Laura Campbell

CONTRIBUTORS

Caleb Alvarado Tom Buck Rosa Furneaux Michael Brunt Lukas Senger Micaela Mandorff Natalia JhetĂŠ

Sarah Ratner Kristen Jan Wong Philly Lewis Adi Putra Emma Lavelle Kenneth Gronquist Rona Keller

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PHOTOGRAPHY Micaela Mandorff


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It’s almost summer! It’s so very, very close. In New York this week, it seems (according to Megan) that the temperatures have

soared. Thankfully, Cornwall has felt very much the same lately. I don’t know about you all, but I’m definitely at my happiest

when the sun is shining and the air is warm. It’s encouraging, the vitamin D makes everyone enthusiastic for life and the desire for adventures shifts to an all time high.

Fitting, perhaps, that the theme for this issue is “Adventure.”

Don’t think we pick random themes from the sky! Whilst as

a team we do enjoy throwing random words around to come up with our themes, most of the time there is a lot of thought behind them.

In our recent reader survey, we asked you what you’d like to

see more of from us. One of the biggest topics that came out was travel. We listened. We’ve worked hard to fuse the content you’re used to seeing from us with a slightly more adventurous vibe, and we’re so proud of it!

Whether you’re looking to figure out what wardrobe additions you need to make before your next trip, or you’re a photographer

wanting to receive some advice from an established travel photographer, we’ve got you covered in The Adventure Issue. Thank you, as always, for your continued support. Love, Olivia

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WRITTEN Rosa Furneaux

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INTERVIEW: MICHAEL BRUNT PHOTOGRAPHER & DESIGNER

Where’s home to you? Technically, home for me is a very small town on the South Coast of NSW, Australia called Gerringong, but lately I have found myself feeling more at home and comfortable whilst on the road.

When did you first know you were an explorer? I had always had an urge to get out and see bigger, better and different things from an early age. My family used to go on yearly skiing trips, so this really fuelled my wanderlust for the outdoors and exploring. Some of my earliest memories are based around the notion of discovering new places.

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What has been your favourite adventure? There has been moments from each that have definitely stuck with me. But to be honest I’m happy to go anywhere! I feel extremely lucky to be able to travel and experience different surroundings. I’d say that New Zealand and the West Coast of the USA have been my two most memorable (if I have to choose!)

Give us your best piece of advice for creating on the go: I’d have to say the main piece of advice I could give is to be organised.  Try to pack as lightly as possible and make sure you bring multiple backups (hard drives) because you never know what could happen. I always try to backup my images at the end of each day and organise them in folders that are easy to access across two hard drives. This way you can easily go back through when you have sufficient time to edit.

Any disaster stories? How do you deal with those times when things go wrong? To be honest I have been really lucky in the way of disasters. Sure I’ve had lenses stop working whilst in sub zero temperatures (with no back up), cars run out of petrol in the middle of nowhere and been so cold I literally couldn’t feel my hands. But I haven’t had anything go extremely wrong. I’m always prepared for when things go wrong though. I think the main thing is to wear a smile and stay positive. Things could always be way worse! 13


Article Michael Brunt

We love your analogue work! afford to completely trust film. Why do you choose to create The tones from film can never be beaten and I’d love to get to with film, rather than digital?

the stage where I purely shoot Analogue is the reason I got into analogue. photography. I could never afford a digital camera when I was Where do you want to go next? younger and for some reason I thought film would be cheaper… I’d really love to travel to Canada Turns out I was wrong. I do still and Alaska next. I’d also love to create with digital now though. see the West Coast during the If I’m working for a client, I can’t warmer months.

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Anything else you’d like to tell us about your work? To be honest I’m a pretty humble sort of guy. I don’t think I’d like to “tell” anyone anything about my work. But all I hope is that whoever is viewing my work feels something from the images I create. It’s great when people tell me that they went and did something purely from viewing one of my photos on Instagram.

Or when you can evoke emotion out of people from an image. I really love what I do and the fact that anyone acknowledges my work is quite a surreal feeling. As a person, I will always try my best to help anyone and I extend this to my work. If you ever need a hand, just ask.

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HOW TO BE AN EXPLORER

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Every explorer needs to look the part. You can’t expect to go out on an adventure without the right gear. Now, let’s be clear, we’re not going to be scaling any mountains in these outfits, but we’re definitely going to be doing some beach hoping or city wondering. These piece will have you ready for any adventure which comes your way.

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INTERVIEW: ALEX STROHL FROM Spain

Where is home to you? Most of my family lives in France, growing up my father worked in Madrid so I got accustomed to different cultures from a young age. My partner Andrea and I have spent much of our adult life in North America, far from our immediate family. That has made it hard to think of any single place as home, family is so important to me and so home has become much more about being with those you love, than about a specific place. Wherever I am

When did you first know you were an explorer? While I may have the mindset of an explorer it is tough to describe myself as one. Ever since childhood I’ve wanted to see new things and challenge myself go places others might avoid or miss. Especially recently the goal has been to expand my skill set, to become more and more comfortable in extreme and unforgiving places. Reading and researching so much about people whom I truly admire has made me hesitant to describe myself as an explorer, people like Shackleton, Messner and Hillary. At the same time, their stories have inspired me to build on my skills, to challenge the boundaries and limits. 28 Atlas Magazine


PHOTOGRAPHY Alex Strohl

...to become more and more comfortable in extreme and unforgiving places...

What has been your favourite adventure? After years of traveling chaotically from place to place, experiencing the highlights and moving on, I’ve found slowing down and exploring on a smaller, intimate scale to be more fulfilling. Covering less distance but honing in on specific spots, the last two winters in Montana have helped me appreciate this. Knowing the names of individual peaks in a mountain range, finding off-beaten trails and connecting deeply with the environment. Since being in Montana my favorite adventure was an early-winter canoe portage through the Hungry Horse Reservoir, it really challenged our survival skills and ability to improvise.

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...can build a complacency towards creativity.

Give us your best piece of advice for creating on the go The essence of being on the go stimulates you so much, it is easy to fall in love with and can build a complacency towards creativity. It is so important to reflect on what you’ve seen and to try and tell a story about the process. Whenever you’re on the go really try to practice patience, and be careful about moving too quickly from place to place.

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Any disaster stories? How do you deal with those times when things go wrong? The Hungry Horse portage is a good example. In our excitement we definitely ignored some warning signs and ran into many problems, sometimes severe. Firstly we arrived too late, it made us rush because we we’re battling daylight. The first access to the water was inaccessible so we decided to try and reach the next one, about halfway the vehicle got stuck. Instead of turning back we dragged our canoes the remaining mile or so, which was made much harder because we hadn’t packed light enough. Once in the water we didn’t have proper plans in case of emergency,

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...made for some awesome stories, but it was a reminder about the realities of nature...

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after camping on an island, the lake had frozen overnight, this meant we had to break the ice in order to get back to shore. Using our paddles to break the ice definitely made the likelihood of tipping the canoe much greater. Overall we found a way to overcome all the issues and get back safely, but the risk involved was probably too great. That trip was a great experience and has made for some awesome stories, but it was a reminder about the realities of nature and the importance of preparation and respecting the dangers associated.

forged the idea for what became the book, a quest to find people who felt the same way, who identified with the same things. To get closer to the relationship between people and nature, built upon my interest in life off of the grid, away from typical society. Living on the road really creates an intense feeling of freedom, it keeps your mind fresh from the tangle of repetition. For this project though we were living on the road with a distinct purpose, attempting to tell a story. It would be tough for me to live on the road without that map, so to speak.

For your new book on alternative living, you travelled through Europe and lived in a modified car while exploring the lives of those on the geographical peripheries of society. Can you tell us about that expedition, and what you learned while you were on the road?

Where do you want to go next?

It really goes back a long way, steaming primarily from the way I grew up. Moving from country to country as a child, a French kid living in Spain and then later a Spaniard living in France. For a lot of my life I didn’t feel like I belonged, the place that I felt most at home was out in nature, in the forests and mountains. That really

The Aleutian Islands are what I’m most excited about, they are just so remote, so untouched. The Islands have these jagged peaks jutting up from the ocean, which is something I find both beautiful and fascinating.

Anything else you’d like to tell us about your work? It’s fine to look at and admire peoples lives on the internet, to appreciate the beauty of the world. Yet the most powerful thing for me, is the idea that my photos might actually inspire someone to go find this appreciation for themselves, to explore, to be present and to connect with nature.

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WRITTEN Sarah Ratner

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Moving Abroad and Redefining Home

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When I moved out of my parents’ home to attend university, my father gave me this piece of advice: home is wherever you are in that particular moment in time. Two moves to two different countries later, whatever physical space I occupy, no matter the coordinates, or how homesick I begin to feel, I find great comfort in those words. With an unquenchable desire to travel and a love for fresh starts, I participated in my first exchange program only two semesters into my college career, moving to London for four months. I lived in a quaint flat in Notting Hill, interned at a non-profit, and studied marketing at a university on Baker Street. London led me to many new and important friendships, experiences and opportunities for selfgrowth. It’s no wonder I jumped at the chance to do it all over again, except this time in a country with a significantly higher learning curve. At the start of 2016, I boarded a plane to Japan from New York, with the address of my new home written in a language I didn’t understand. I cannot overemphasize the gut-wrenching fear I felt boarding that plane, leaving behind the comfort of my friends and family. Armed with travel books and good wishes, I spent those fourteen hours practicing basic Japanese phrases and refusing to sleep so I could better acclimate to the time difference. Now, halfway through my semester, I have fallen into a comfortable routine and can look back and identify some tactics that helped me assimilate to my new and very foreign environment.

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Say Yes! Sometimes accepting an offer you would have normally refused may end up surpassing all expectations. I try to make as many decisions as I can with a “live with no regrets� mentality, which has resulted in many unexpectedly wonderful experiences. At the start of my immersive Asian Studies program in Japan, we had a weeklong orientation where we had the opportunity to meet participating students from all over the world. I became friends with a fellow American who asked if I was interested in a trip to Hokkaido in northern Japan for their annual snow festival in Sapporo. I immediately agreed, and several nights later we had gathered a group of four and booked our flights. Normally, this type of impulse decision to travel with essentially total strangers might be frowned upon, but that trip provided many memorable and unique experiences: an outdoor onsen surrounded by snow, experimental and delicious seafood, train rides that followed the curve of the water’s edge. I have absolutely no regrets about saying yes.

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...that little piece of familiarity when everything around me is anything but.

Find Comfort but Don’t Cling to It Humans crave familiarity. The key is to find a balance between those adventurous yes’s and a night in with your favorite movie and a pint of ice cream. My easy fix for alleviating homesickness is video chatting with family back in the U.S., but due to the 14-hour time difference that is not always possible. Instead, I cope with homesickness by finding connections

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to home such as current music news and releases. A certified radio DJ at my home university, I am used to spending many hours discovering, discussing, and spinning new music daily. I listen to those new releases on my walks to and from school and they provide that little piece of familiarity when everything around me is anything but.


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Redefining Home

Keep a Diary Diaries can take the form of photographs, online blogs, scrapbooks or physical journals that you dutifully write in before bed every night. No matter what you choose, documenting your daily thoughts and experiences is the best gift that you could

give your future self. Although I don’t write in it everyday, I carry around my grey journal with me wherever I go. I fill it with quotations from books I read, song lyrics, ticket stubs, and quirky phrases or expressions that I overhear in conversations.

Go Outside. Just Do It. People often joke that the hardest part of the day is getting out of bed, but that sentiment has a renewed meaning when you have moved somewhere new. In a predeparture orientation, before I began my semester in Japan, I was shown a visual diagram that predicted the range and sequence of emotions I might feel upon moving abroad. The first month everything is new and exciting and every day is an adventure. In month two there is a decline in excitement, as you begin to settle into a routine and start to miss

aspects of your previous home. Whether it’s family, friends, or the fast food chain you used to frequent at odd hours in the night, those feelings of homesickness may foster a sense of isolation. Sometimes, throwing on a comfy outfit and heading outside for some fresh air and new scenery may be just the reminder you need that while there are growing pains in assimilating to a new environment, there are many wonderful sights, sounds, and experiences that justify leaving in the first place.

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Learn the Language This goes for verbal and body language. Japan is an incredibly contextual society, and so much of what people are communicating must be picked up by paying attention to the way it is said and not just the words. I dove into this semester without any prior knowledge of Japanese culture or language. This decision resulted in a rocky landing and some awkward moments during my first couple of weeks. I had to rely on others much more heavily that I was used to in order to communicate with any locals.

This daily setback quickly gave way to feelings of frustration and disappointment. I had one particular experience where I was unable to communicate to a Japanese store attendant that I needed laundry detergent–– and ABBA blaring in the background somehow added insult to injury. Even if you’re just visiting a new country for a week, learning a couple of words or phrases will make you feel more comfortable, and will score points with the locals who will appreciate the effort.

...paying attention to the way it is said and not just the words.

Express Yourself Moving abroad throws you into a whirlwind of change and uncertainty, and you will most likely come away from the first few months having learned something new about yourself. I find it really effective to reflect the huge changes I note in myself through my outward appearance. Whether it’s buying an article of clothing you consider daring,

getting a tattoo or snipping off most of your hair (I went with the latter), the physical alteration makes the changes inside feel more concrete and communicable. With a new ‘do and a renewed sense of control in a foreign environment, I found a way to remind myself that home is truly wherever I am.

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WRITTEN Olivia Bossert

ARTICLE Filling the Blanks with Philly Lewis

Philly Lewis is the girl you want to be. She’s the yogi surfer, who lives by the sea, and has the power to take an incredible photo. We wanted to take some time to get to know Philly better, and have her share her story with us.

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Tell us about your background. Where did you grow up? I grew up in a little village in Hampshire in a beautiful house. I was pretty lucky to live there and be surrounded by amazing friends and family. Our summer nights were spent dancing to music in our pool or running through the woods with our dog. I don’t think I could have had 58 Atlas Magazine

a better childhood, I was given all the opportunities in the world! My parents, especially my wild mum, also loved to travel and took us all away as much as possible. We visited some incredible places before I even knew where they were.


PHOTOGRAPHY Robin Kitchin for Animal UK

What were you like as a kid? A little girl with bright white hair! I’m not really sure what I was like as a kid, and I guess your parents are the only ones that do know. It’s something we are meant to explore in yoga, finding out your true nature and returning to your tendencies as a child. I used to love pursuing my passions–– I tried every hobby under the sun, horse riding, kick boxing, ballet, piano, gymnastics, dancing... the list goes on! I also used to love sleeping. Apparently, I fell asleep under my bed during a game of hide and seek and my parents called the police because they thought I had gone missing! I was also the youngest so I guess I was given all the freedom I wanted, which is lucky considering that I have quite a free spirit. Otherwise there would have been trouble!

How has living in Cornwall, UK impacted your life? Moving to Cornwall completely changed my life. I found how much the ocean influences me and how connected I am to it. I found out what inspires me and how I wanted to live my life. I think moving to Cornwall showed me how important actually living is.

You’ve got many different professions, one of which is working as a fashion photographer. What draws you to fashion photography? I love working with people, so I love taking photos with people.

I also love creating emotions or finding emotions in people, and I love beautiful clothes–– so fashion photography seemed like the perfect fit. That being said, my photos aren’t overly fashion based. I like shooting fashion in a more documentary/ lifestyle way. It’s all about capturing those fleeting moments in places and people, ones that go unnoticed but are beautiful all the same. It’s amazing what you can create with people.

When did you first become interested in photography? I think I was away with my family exploring up in the Spanish mountains and I saw something beautiful in the landscape, grabbed a camera and snapped a photo. I remember feeling like I just captured a moment in time.

What was it like studying a degree in fashion photography? Would you recommend it to creatives thinking about attending university for photography? Fashion is a crazy world to get involved in so studying a degree in it is just as crazy. For me, personally the whole study of fashion wasn’t what I was interested in. But all the same it was a great experience, you learn a lot from interning in the fashion world and doing a degree is the best way to start opening doors. So yes, do a degree! You gain so many contacts, doors open and you learn things that can only be taught. 59


How would you describe your and being completely centred after each class. It wasn’t until I started fashion imagery? I’d say I shoot relaxed, natural, documentary, lifestyle images with a slight fashion element. I love to work with natural light and find the beauty in it.

my own practice a few years ago that I really found my place with it. I started Vinyasa yoga and found I could turn my yoga into an energising work out and still leave my mat with that same calm state of mind.

You’re a qualified yoga teacher when did you first become interested How has yoga impacted your life? in yoga? My sister introduced me to yoga and I didn’t think much of it at first. I love a super upbeat, sweaty workout and that definitely wasn’t yoga. I then moved to Cornwall and took a few lessons and fell in love with the undeniable peaceful feeling

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Yoga has completely changed my life! I’ve learnt how to treat my body properly, as if it were a temple. It’s changed the way I eat, the way I move everyday, the way I act. It has changed everything negative to positive. It’s made me strong and flexible. It’s shown me how to


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connect with the world and most which is something we need a importantly how to live a happy lot of. It opens the hips for better life. rotational movement and opens and strengthens the shoulders for What do you love most about yoga? powerful paddling. It works on Everything! I love how yoga can improving balance so we don’t free yourself from your mind, it fall off as much. Meaning stronger teaches you how to be wild, how to paddling, faster pop ups, bigger stay balanced throughout life, how turns and better balance. to be present every day. It teaches you about your body, your health, Travel seems to hold an important your heart. What I love most is that place in your heart. What draws yoga only makes your life better. you to travel?

You’re also a surfer. How does I think the best education that yoga compliment surfing? you can have is through travel. You learn about other cultures, It stretches and strengthens all the people, nature and life. I love core muscles we use for surfing. being immersed in things that are It improves your core stability, completely new to me. I also love

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going on an adventure into the unknown. It teaches you to open your heart to everything and it’s the only thing you can buy that makes you richer. You never forget the places you see, the people you meet and the experiences you have when you are travelling. There’s a whole world out there waiting to be explored and you are just one teeny tiny human being. It’s good to feel small sometimes.

You’ve recently launched Yoga Retreats. Can you tell us a bit more about these? Me and my fiancé Alan Stokes just launched our retreat company called Wild & Free Retreats. I teach yoga and love to surf and Alan is a pro-surfer who loves to do yoga, we both love to travel so it just made sense to start our own retreats. We love the freedom and balance yoga and surfing offers on the mind, body and soul. We also love to have fun and share our passions with others so it’s the perfect fit. Our first luxury retreat is in Marrakech this October and we have another in Costa Rica next February. We are both so excited for everyone to join us on our journey! So many laughs and smiles to be shared.

I’m actually a workaholic, I’m constantly pulled away from my work to go for a surf. Which means I never seem to have normal working hours so I have to be super productive when I am working. It’s also funny as my careers actually help me juggle it all; yoga keeps the balance in my life, so I can focus on where my time needs to go and keep a calm heart. Surfing helps me remember that sometimes it’s important to just stop everything and jump in the ocean without a care in the world! It reminds me that there is a lot more to just working in this life. The ocean can be a powerful reminder of a lot of things and you just have to go with the flow.

What aspirations do you have for the next few years? Travel, travel, travel! It’s where my heart lies.

What are you most excited about that’s coming up soon?

Our Marrakech retreat in October! We are staying in the most gorgeous Moroccan riad, yoga twice a day, good food and a cool goodie bag! How can you not be What is it like having so many different excited for that?

careers? How do you juggle them all?

For the first time in my life I feel like a workaholic! Sometimes it’s really hard when all the work from each career comes in at once (which it always seems to do), it gets stressful. But, I’m doing what I love every single day so I have so much energy to put into them all. It’s amazing doing what you love. There’s also no way 62 Atlas Magazine

Where can people stay in touch with you? Through my website – www.phillyjlewis.com

Also give me and Wild & Free Retreats a follow on Instagram! www.instagram.com/phillylewis www.instagram.com/wildandfreeretreats


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WRITTEN Rosa Furneaux

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Just Beyond the Horizon: The World at the End of Your Comfort Zone

FROM UK

I was nineteen when I learnt that, like most everything the Internet believes to be profound, one of my favourite kernels of wisdom was in fact total rubbish. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone! all the popular travel blogs insisted. And it was in that spirit that I found myself, one night, hitchhiking on the back of a battered Toyota pickup, in a storm, in the Tanzanian savannah.

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I was about a month into an expedition to photograph the work of a British-based NGO, whose project was based in a tiny village in the heart of the country. My colleagues, all in their early twenties, were running a tight schedule and, to cut a long story short, needed to make the 90km journey to the nearest major town by morning. We’d flagged down a truck as the sun set, paid fifteen thousand Tanzanian shillings for the ride


upfront, and hauled ourselves and It’s not surprising that, faced with the our kit up next to their cargo of reality of being huddled under a piece Congolese rice. of canvas and blinded by a police flashlight, we might begin to wonder An hour into the trip we hit a whether we’re cut out for this disthunderstorm and our first breakdown. comfort zone after all. Two hours later, after jolting over the slippery mountain pass, soaked to the I’ve been a little harsh on the Internet’s skin and waiting in line at another kernel of wisdom – Life begins at the police checkpoint, I wondered if this end of your comfort zone! – because was the kind of adventure those travel this much is certainly true: leaving blogs had in mind. behind what you know and venturing Life begins at the end of your comfort into a space that challenges you, and zone. What do you imagine the world makes you question what you think looks like, outside that safe and you know, is the best way to expand sheltered place? Dangerous. Exciting. your understanding of the world we The kind of world that looks good on live in. But what we imagine that Instagram, on a CV, on you. space will look like is often the stuff I’ll be honest, the world didn’t look of adventure movies. And, more particularly Instagramable from importantly, what we think we will under my tarpaulin, in the back of learn from it is often exactly the kind the pick-up. It looked dark, and wet, of quick-fix, instant upgrade we’ve and frightening in a manner that went come to expect when we are at our way, way beyond my comfort zone most comfortable, in a world of and into my get-thetwenty-first century convenience. hell-out-of-here zone. Life begins here? The most persistent scenario You see, the most daring adventure playing through my head as we waited is not the one you are posting to to pay the cops their bribe was that Instagram, or writing about on your I’d be dead in a ditch before morning. blog. It’s not the one you impress people with at a bar on Friday night. Because, of course, our fantasy world It’s distinctly unglamorous. It requires at the end of our comfort zone has struggle, and fear, and failure. And always included a fantasy us, too it requires a journey that lasts much – gallantly standing at the helm of longer than your two months away whatever daring and remarkable from home. The most daring adventure adventure we’ve been plunged into. takes a lifetime to complete.

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Article The Horizon

That gallant you, that Columbus at the helm of your new profile picture, is not a substitute for the real transformation taking place as you venture into the unknown. It is in moments when you are at your least photogenic, and when the experience is at its least glamorous, that the world at the end of your comfort zone reveals its most valuable and precious resource: what you are capable of.

The greatest explorers spend a lifetime pushing those boundaries, returning again and again to the expanding edges of their safe and known world. Venturing out of our comfort zone will, inevitably, expand our comfort zone. The longer we spend exploring that hard landscape outside what we know, the more we will come to find that we are comfortable in places which are far from home–– and the more eager, and Out here, just beyond the horizon of able, we will be to venture out again. what you thought you knew, you are offered a chance to brace your fears Life doesn’t begin at the end of your against your lived reality, and to test comfort zone. To say that is to discredit your instinct against your will. It is in all the living you do in the safety of the hard places that the best learning home, and to misunderstand “life” as an happens; the dark, wet, hungry moments action-packed Hollywood fantasy. Life that we can prove our resilience and doesn’t begin at the end of your comfort fortitude. Only in uncertainty do we zone, but that place, just beyond the need confidence. There is no courage horizon, is where we can more readily without fear. find a better understanding of ourselves and the world we seek to improve, In discovering what we are capable of generation on generation... and, just right now, we too expand our idea of perhaps, the start of some answers that what we could be capable of much later. will help on that next great adventure.

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WRITTEN Emma Lavelle

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With so many diversely different destinations around the globe, pulling together a bucket list of all of the places that you want to visit in your lifetime can be tricky. You might declare that you wish to travel everywhere, or name an entire continent that you’d like to explore, but creating a carefully curated list of the top places that you wish to step foot in takes a great deal of consideration. We hope our own travel bucket list will give you a little inspiration to get out there and experience your own adventures.

Drive around Iceland’s Ring Road Imagine yourself immersed in a landscape so dramatically different from anywhere else on Earth that you could be on the moon. Immense cliff faces plunge into ravines, gigantic waterfalls tumble from the rocks, the beaches are covered in black sand and the ground itself bubbles and steams. Welcome to Iceland. When compiling the ultimate bucket list, this is a country that instantly springs to mind for a true once-in-a-lifetime experience. Driving around the Ring Road that circumnavigates the island, the landscapes will drastically change from glacial to volcanic, epitomising the moniker Land of Fire and Ice and causing you to stop to admire the scenery every five minutes. 86 Atlas Magazine


Go on safari in the Serengeti If you’re a wildlife lover, there is no greater experience than setting off on an African safari. A dedicated UNESCO World Heritage site, the Serengeti is home to lions, elephants, giraffes, hippos and many more of Africa’s iconic wild animals. Whatever your budget, try to factor in a stay in a treehouse lodge, where you can sit out of harm’s way and watch the animals approach nearby watering holes from your perch above. For a truly spectacular experience, time your visit to coincide with the annual wildebeest migration to witness the awe-inspiring sight of 2.5 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle migrating across the Great Plains.

Watch the Northern Lights in the Arctic Circle Witnessing the Northern Lights for the first time is one of the most ethereal and unforgettable sights imaginable. Although it is sometimes possible to catch a glimpse from unpopulated parts of northern England, to watch the aurora in all its glory, head as far north as possible during the winter months. Tick off two items on your bucket list at once by visiting the Arctic Circle to try to spot the elusive lights. Hotel Kakslauttanen in Finnish Lapland offers a range of private igloos and log cabins with glass ceilings, where you can lie back in the comfort of your bed and watch the skies in anticipation of the eerie green lights dancing across the sky.

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Trek to Machu Picchu One of the most iconic ancient sites on the planet, the Incan ruins at Machu Picchu have got to be seen in person to be truly appreciated. Located high in the Andes Mountains, the trek to the citadel along the Classic Inca Trail is part of the experience, and shouldn’t be forfeited for a more convenient train ride. Taking four days, the trail takes in cloud forests, sub-tropical jungle and alpine tundra as it climbs to over 4,000 metres in altitude, exploring smaller Incan ruins on the way to the main attraction.

Sail around the Whitsunday Islands Every bucket list needs an unforgettable tropical island adventure, set amongst soft white sand and crystal clear turquoise seas. Forgo a beautiful yet somewhat dull retreat to a secluded island for an action packed adventure sailing around the Whitsunday Islands off the coast of Australia. You’ll have the chance to walk upon the most beautiful beach in the world (Whitehaven) and plenty of opportunities to lie back, relax and soak up the sun; but you’ll also be able to swim, snorkel and scuba dive just off the Great Barrier Reef, experiencing the largest ecosystem on earth. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, book a helicopter ride and experience the views from above.

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Watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat Deep in the province of Siem Reap, Angkor Wat is the best known temple in the whole of Cambodia and is especially famed for its incredible sunsets. Visitors gather by the north pool to watch the sun illuminate the entire temple as it lowers on the horizon. One of the best preserved temples in Asia and with both Hindu and Buddhist heritage, Angkor Wat is an essential visit for anyone with a keen interest in history, religion or different cultures. A must-have for any bucket list, the temple is akin to something out of an Indiana Jones film; a once-forgotten ancient monument that defies expectations.

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Get up close and personal to wildlife on the Galapagos Islands Follow in Charles Darwin’s footsteps to seek out the intriguing indigenous animals of the Galapagos Islands. Situated on this group of isolated islands in the Atlantic, the wide diversity of animals who live here have no natural predators and subsequently are remarkably trusting of humans. A true once-in-a-lifetime experience, a visit to the Galapagos will expose you to animals such as blue-footed boobies, Sally Lightfoot crabs and Galapagos penguins that can’t be found anywhere else on earth. Don’t leave without taking a dip in the sea, where the naturally inquisitive sea lions are renowned for playing with visitors.

Inter-rail around Europe Use a little creative licence to expand your bucket list and tick off numerous countries on one trip. By purchasing an inter-railing pass and spending a summer hopping on and off trains across Europe, you’ll stumble upon a diverse variety of landscapes, cultures architecture and experiences. Ensure that you cover both Eastern and Western countries to see the continent in all its glory. Stand on top of the Alps, swim in the Mediterranean, explore an abandoned theme park in Berlin, take a dip in a Budapest spa, island hop in Croatia, and discover rustic French villages. Your trip is likely to be a whirlwind of sleeping on trains, meeting new people and rushing around cities to take it all in as quickly as possible.

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Wander across the Bolivian salt flats There is nowhere else in the world quite like Salar de Uyuni. The sheer scale of the largest salt flats on the planet is unimaginable for those who haven’t visited, with vistas of pure white stretching in every direction. When the flats are dry, the white ground and blue skies with no interruptions on the horizon make the perfect setting to play with perspective and take creative photographs. Visit after a rain storm, and you’ll find a completely different landscape as the ground becomes a gigantic mirror, reflecting the sky and anybody who walks upon it.

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Road trip down the West Coast of America Hire an open top car, grab your best friend and recreate Thelma and Louise (without the bit at the end when they drive off a cliff). The great American road trip is a quintessential part of any travel bucket list, and although there are endless possibilities of different routes, the journey from Seattle through California to Las Vegas is one of the most iconic. Taking in rugged coastal scenery, inspiring cities, scenic national parks and some of the most dramatic landscapes in the country, this route crosses five diversely different States. Highlights of the journey include driving through the Avenue of the Giants in the Redwoods State Park, visiting the colourful and inimitable Salvation Mountain, dangling your legs off the edge of the Grand Canyon, and taking in the views at Big Sur.

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The Importance of Building Memories

I used to think that summer was the time for making memories, for travels and adventures and long evenings filled with laugher and late-night conversations in the car with my best friend. So that by the time the cold winter days rolled around, I could withdraw with a cup of tea and reflect on all that we had experienced, all that I had felt, and in what way it had changed me.

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L.M. Montgomery once said: “Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.” The moments we experience vanish so quickly, and before we know it, everything has already changed. So the only thing that ever really stays with us are the memories of what once has been. Looking back teaches us where we want to be, who we want to be with, and most of all, why sometimes it’s still worth holding on even though it doesn’t feel that way. The problem with shared memories is that they make things fragile. We get to know each other better, we treat each other more roughly, and sometimes we even forget that we like each other when it comes down to expressing what we think, irrespective of what the other might be feeling. And in the end, memories can tear apart as much as they can bring together.

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I met my best friends a few years ago, right after graduating high school. Most of you will know that nothing screams ”change“ like those first few months after graduating. You need to figure out what you want to do, people leave, and eventually you leave, too. We were apart more than we were together after those few months, which is why we reminisced a lot about that first summer we spent together, and I always thought of it as the best one I ever had. At the end of last year, I found myself in Stockholm, surrounded by my closest friends. It’s been so long since we’ve all been together, and I had a feeling we’d been living on the memories we shared for far too long. Somewhere along the way I realized that eventually, recalling what happened doesn’t fill the hole of what once had been in my heart


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anymore. And that is when we needed to make new memories. But instead, we’ve spent so many winters barely seeing each other, and still having nothing to say when we finally did. It’s hard to see the people you care so much about, but not being able to really grasp them, trying to figure out if all of us had simply changed and if maybe we just weren’t supposed to be together anymore. But this year was different. We’d all found our place in new lives, in different cities, without the others by our side. When we met in Stockholm, we spent a few days crowded together in one apartment, with no plans and no real expectations either. And for some reason, this was the place where we bonded the most, after all those times trying and not knowing what was wrong. I’ve been asking myself for a very long time why there is such a fine line between having a good time and just not feeling it. Why today could be one of the best days of my life as much as it can turn out to be of no importance, all guided by my thoughts, other peoples’ moods, or maybe even just the place we’re at or the time of day. I still don’t know the answer, but I think this is it: You need to hold onto the memories you made together, but you also need to let them go sometimes in order to make new things happen.

weren’t guided by memories–– they were filled with living in the moment. Getting up in the morning and trying to find our place at a loud and busy breakfast table. Trying to make plans with so many people and eventually leaving the house to do something else. And not minding all of it, because it was more about being together than anything else. And that’s what made me think that some memories aren’t made running through a summer meadow together, or in the middle of an honest conversation during a drunk night. Sometimes, it’s really just the moments in between that we’ll remember. Talking about life on our way somewhere, smiling at each other in the hallway, or shared laughter in the middle of the night. I think that if you’re really supposed to be with someone, you’ll know. You might go through days of insignificant talks and frustration at its best, so that eventually you’ll end up in that moment that makes you realize why you’re best friends, and why you always miss them so much.

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