When was the last time you drove a Jeep 30 miles down a dirt road to find a spectacular hiking trail to a spectacular view only a handful of intrepid travelers ever see? And when was the last time you visited a remote country where you didn’t speak the language and no one spoke yours?

Don’t think you’re brave enough? Here are 10 reasons you should be…and what you need to do to get out there:

  1. Theth, Albania
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View of the Albanian Alps in Theth

Getting there: Fly into Tirana, Albanai, hire or rent a car to Shkoder, and then take a rocking 4WD road to Theth, OR take a ferry to the town of Valbona, and hike eight hours over the Albanian Alps via the Valbona Pass. …

My first time on the tractor with Dad

Everyone remembers learning how to drive — it’s one of those milestones of growing up. I remember it vividly, even though I was only about seven years old at the time. But I wasn’t learning to drive a car — no, it was a 1950s Allis Chalmers tractor, my Dad’s beloved and rusted antique. Since I was a toddler, I’d ridden that tractor with Dad, as he carefully plowed the red clay dirt in our two-acre garden along Blue Run.

Then one day, I was sitting in the smooth, worn metal seat; Dad was standing behind me as I steered through the soft earth, dragging a plow behind. I was tooling right along, thrilled that he had released the steering wheel to me. My mistake was looking back to discover Dad was no longer standing behind me but had hopped off the tractor, apparently in an effort to show me I really could drive the thing on my own. …

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Photo by Alejandro Escamilla on Unsplash

Having worked for many years as a public relations consultant myself (until the 11 p.m. …

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