It’s our mission to feature inspirational adventures of all kinds, even those in your own backyard
Before you go anywhere, whether that be a vacation, sight-seeing tour, backpacking cross countries, volunteer mission, expedition or a full-fledged adventure, it’s useful to learn what an adventure is and how to set a theme to your travels. And you might need some inspiration. Below is a collection of all the inspiring adventures that we’ve featured for the last twenty years.
- Scott’s Adventurers.
- Guest Adventurers.
- Backyard Adventures. Do it yourself.
- Submit Your Adventure. Share the inspiration.
Adventures by type
We’ve grouped a lot of categories together, like unicycle and bicycle, so if you are looking for a specific type of adventure or location, please do a search.
Bicycle Tourists (Bikepackers)
Hiking and Backpacking
About our adventures
Before the era of blogs
When Scott’s first adventure-travel website, theArgonauts.com, came online in 1999, our vision was to give adventurers a forum to share their hopes and dreams and pass along the boon of their adventures, like new ideas and lessons learned. We were an online adventure magazine before the concept of a webzine, blog or guest post existed, and long before social media was created and made it easy to share content.
Another goal was to post the stories in real-time. At this time, we could see the Internet was going to revolutionize global communication, but the infrastructure and technology still weren’t in place. In fact, the only way many adventurers had to share their inspirational story was to email us and have us post their story online. Many people wanted us to automate these features, which would have essentially been one of the first blogging platforms. TheArgonauts.com was ahead of its time and unfortunately could never find the estimated $50-100,000 to create the features that companies like Facebook and WordPress now make so free and easy for everyone.
Below are a collection of stories that are from before the digital era of cell phones and social media. We’re really proud to have been on the cutting edge. We cared about every story.
BT Global Challenge 2000-2001, “The World’s Toughest Yacht Race.” A 36,000 nautical mile circumnavigation of the globe against prevailing winds and currents.
This is the story of one woman, and how her real education began the moment she set out to travel the world.
“The experience of traveling has always been a great mentor for me, a far greater mentor than academia.”
“I wanted to show what it’s like to live in a country that never really found its place.”
Dr. Lillian Larson: “I travel in order to enrich my life and the life of others. I feel that I can help bring remote parts of the world a little closer together.”
Paul Mansky: “You’re on top of the world, vast views in every direction. 5,000 feet down to the floor of the valley… perfect blue sky… the wind blowing… “
“Where would you go to find the answers to life’s deepest questions? Is there a God? Why am I here? Is there life after death?” For seventy-six-year-old Professor Graham Collier, the answers were found in Antarctica.
An Illegal Trip Turns into a Financial Nightmare
A Wedding Offers a Double Dose of Indian Culture
Before social media existed or mobile devices became commonplace, The Argonauts gave dozens of people a chance to share their story as it was happening. Here are some of our favorite adventures.
KCBS news reporter updates his trip via satellite phone, including news of 6 deaths.
Promoting a world without borders
Dennis shares stories about his bicycle trip around the world with Scott.
And a few more classic journeys types.
The following are miscellaneous travelogues. These were email updates before the era of digital devices and social media that we posted so the world could follow along with the journey in real-time. They are perhaps not very interesting in retrospect; however, they represent some classic solutions to an alternative lifestyle of living on the road.
About the photographs
In the beginning, our website showcased hundreds of Feature Photos by travelers on the road with no ability to share their pictures with the world. However, now with the advent of social media, travelers can easily share their own photos without us. So, we don’t post single pics or blurbs anymore; but, we still have an audience that loves an inspirational story with lots of photographs. So please share your guest post. Below are a couple of our favorite oldies. Please note: back in the 1990’s resolution was really limited, so that people could download the website on their dial-up phone modems, and everyone was still using film.
Update 2019-12. We found the original photographs. See the side-by-side difference.
“Like being in a giant amusement park, alternating between ever-changing geography and roadside curios.”
Everything is an adventure if you have eyes filled with wonder.
Because Earth Day is Every Day
An Emotion that turns into Dance
A story on traveling poets, Joi Barrios and Abena Songbird
American Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky