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“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”

— Anthony Bourdain

Spirituality these days is a squishy subject. The Traveler’s Edge won’t ask you to join a monastery or convent, take a vow of silence, or take a three-month pilgrimage around the 88 temples on the island of Shikoku, Japan. (To be clear: you are welcome to do these things, and they may be varying degrees of amazing for you, but it’s not the level of practicality we’re aiming for in The Traveler’s Edge.) The version of spirituality we’re considering here is focused on becoming more at one with yourself, others, and the world at large. …


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“What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do — especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.”

— William Least Heat Moon, Blue Highways

Networking. A lot of people probably have a shiver go down their spine when they hear that word. For me, it always represented a chore that I needed to do but didn’t really want to. It can feel forced and disingenuous. To some, it is the act of interacting with someone because you want something from them. …


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“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

— World Health Organization

Unless you’ve been living in an underground bomb shelter for the last few decades (did anyone else love Blast from the Past?), you’ve probably heard a lot about wellness. In many ways, people are more aware of the importance of health than ever. It seems like there’s a new fad diet, workout, and secret trick to “A Better You!” every week. A lot of it is probably scams and bunk, but the sentiment behind it is excellent: it’s worth putting time and effort into making sure you feel good. The older you get, the more you may realize that well-being is not a guarantee. …


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“The more you learn, the less you fear. ‘Learn’ not in the sense of academic study, but in the practical understanding of life.”

―Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending

Travel necessarily teaches us new skills because we are put in novel situations and shown new things. Experience is the best teacher. Period. You can read every single book ever written on basketball, but if you’ve never picked up a ball in your life then you’ll lose to the experienced player who’s never even picked up a book.

Let’s head over to North America to see what we can learn in Guatemala. …


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“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”

— Mahatma Gandhi

Confidence comes in many forms — it isn’t simply an all-encompassing belief in yourself. No one is good at everything, but not being good at something, especially just because of a lack of experience, shouldn’t keep you from doing it. Confidence is a skill that can be learned through experience and repetition. It won’t make you good at everything, but it will make you more comfortable with your ability to do challenging things. …


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“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

— Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time

If someone were to ask you, “Is $10,000 a good return on an investment?” you might be tempted to say, “Yes, ten grand sounds pretty good to me!” But what if you were then told that this return was based on an investment of $10 million? Suddenly, that $10,000 seems like a terrible return. You could have made more than ten times that amount by just sticking your money in a savings account.

It’s impossible to decide what is “good” without the proper frame of reference. Context is the only way to make sense of a life and its problems. By seeing the world, we are able to see how others live their lives in comparison to ours. Maybe you are not as poor as you thought yourself to be. Maybe you are more intelligent than you give yourself credit for. And just maybe there are even weirder people out there than your family that embarrasses you at every turn! …


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“One travels to run away from routine, that dreadful routine that kills all imagination and all our capacity for enthusiasm.”

— Ella Maillart

Travel is one of the most powerful tools we have to enhance our imagination and creativity. This is already common knowledge in most creative industries, so in the book we will instead focus on stories in the business and entrepreneurship space. This was done intentionally to demonstrate that the benefits of travel are not limited to artistic endeavors. …


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Friends, travelers, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to tell you why I’ve written The Traveler’s Edge, not to praise it (although I hope in your hearts it is praiseworthy). My answer might surprise you. The idea for the book did not stem from travel, but rather from the question of how we (myself included) can be more successful.

How do we become more successful in our lives and our careers? It’s a big question with a lot of answers. I found that one of the most compelling, well researched, and comprehensive collections of guidance for success was assembled by Leon Ho, the Founder and CEO of Lifehack (which is itself a community dedicated to individuals seeking self-improvement). …

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George Megre

George has traveled to approximately 80 countries and territories — and counting. You can find out more about his travels at georgemegre.com.

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