Hidden Travel: The Secret to Extraordinary Trips

Hidden Travel: The Secret to Extraordinary Trips

by Stephen W. Brock

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Overview

Have you ever had a magic moment on a trip that so moved you, you knew you'd remember it forever? Hidden Travel shows you how to experience more such moments anywhere, even at home. While most guidebooks reveal sights that matter to others, Hidden Travel teaches you how to find what matters to you, on trips around the world or just around the corner. It's about using travel to get enough distance from your ordinary life to realize just how extraordinary it is. In so doing, you'll also discover more: more meaning, adventure, relationships, purpose, creativity, fulfillment, joy or whatever you want more of in your life.

Through stories, insights, research findings and exercises gleaned from 40 years of travel to over 50 countries, you'll learn how to:

  • Experience a different, more meaningful kind of travel many long for but few find.
  • Discover hidden places of wonder and hidden wonder in ordinary places.
  • Turn your trip into a learning laboratory to try out new interests and personas.
  • Create quests that give greater purpose to your trips
  • Grow your confidence and courage on a trip in safe, fun, and exciting ways.
  • Increase the happiest part of any trip and turn bad moments into good ones.
  • Pack better by leaving behind unhelpful physical and emotional baggage
  • End any trip well by practicing this one surprising secret.
  • Apply your trip to your life so that each day at home feels more like an adventure.

Whether you're just beginning or are into adventure travel, family travel, slow travel, sustainable travel or your own form of independent travel, this book offers a refreshingly different way to approach travel and life. It's an inspiring perspective that works even when you can't travel.

With short, easy-to-read sections and inspiring photos, this book makes the perfect gift for you or that special traveler in your life who desires both a better way to travel and a more adventurous way to live.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781735118802
Publisher: Sublimity Press
Publication date: 04/01/2021
Pages: 298
Sales rank: 642,455
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Writer, photographer and branding expert Stephen W. Brock has traveled to over 50 countries in search of hidden places, unlikely encounters and great gelato. He helps travelers and explorers connect where they go with what they love most. To paraphrase an old branding line, he doesn't make people's trips. He makes people's trips better. He does so by helping them to think in new, unexpected ways about travel and life.

As one of the nation's leading branding practitioners, Stephen's job is to see things differently. He works with some of the country's top corporations and not-for-profit organizations to help them articulate the hidden essence of a company and the deep emotional bonds people form with brands. He has combined this professional expertise with 40-plus years of travel to over 50 countries to reveal a different way to think about travel and to help people connect the world in them with the world around them. He writes and photographs for multiple travel publications such as National Geographic and at www.ExploreYourWorlds.com.

He has two grown sons and lives near Seattle, Washington with his wife and favorite traveling companion (who fortunately is the same person).

Visit him at www.ExploreYourWorlds.com, on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook at @MeaningfulTrav, and on Pinterest at @ExploreYourWorlds.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Secret destinations

BENEATH THE SURFACE

A WORLD OF MORE

HIDDEN PLACES

Start Before the Beginning

THE HAPPIEST PART OF YOUR JOURNEY

WORST-CASE SCENARIOS

TRAVEL AS MYSTERY

SURPRISE TRIPS

HIDDEN WATERS: GLAMIS, SCOTLAND

Outside In

A PRIMER ON MORE

MAKE IT A QUEST

COLLECT, CONNECT AND SHARE

PURPOSE, PASSION AND PLACE

HIDDEN ARCHITECTURE: WASSERBURG, GERMANY

Make Plans

START WITH THE BASICS

THINK LIKE A LOCAL

THE VALUE OF TRAVELING SOLO VS. WITH OTHERS

CHOOSE TRAVEL COMPANIONS WISELY

HIDDEN BOATS: THE COTSWOLDS, ENGLAND

Packing Light Part 1: In Your Bags

CARRY-ON VS. CHECKED LUGGAGE

THE VALUE OF PACKING LISTS AND STAGING

20 WAYS TO USE A ZIP LOCK BAG

HIDDEN BRIDGES: NANXUN, CHINA

Packing Light Part 2: In Your Head

TRAVELING EXPECTANTLY

PACKING PERMA

WHAT YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO LOSE

HIDDEN DANGER: NEAR SARAJEVO, BOSNIA

How to Discover

QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU DISCOVER HIDDEN PLACES

GETTING LOST

WORK TRIPS

HIDDEN RESTAURANT: PLAYA NEGRA, COSTA RICA

Be Your Best Self

VOLUNTEER VACATIONS

ASKING FOR HELP

WHEN YOUR BEST SELF ISN'T ENOUGH

HIDDEN TREE TUNNEL: DAMME, BELGIUM

Ways to See

SEEING WHAT OTHERS DON'T

WHERE YOU STARE IS WHERE YOU STEER

SEEING THROUGH THE EYES OF OTHERS

HIDDEN RUINS: GRANADA, NICARAGUA

Just a Bite

GO WHERE YOU NORMALLY WOULDN'T

THE CRYSTALIZING EFFECTS OF FEAR

PUSHING BEYOND YOUR LIMITS

HIDDEN PEOPLE: CAIRO, EGYPT

Time Travel

DISCOVERING DIFFERENT TIME

FIND YOUR PACE

GIVE IT A REST

HIDDEN MONUMENT: PARIS, FRANCE

Traveling in Moments

THE POWER OF MOMENTS AND TRAVEL

A MOVEABLE FEAST

SECRET SANTA TRAVELERS

HIDDEN TREEHOUSE: WHISTLER, B.C., CANADA

The Last Ten Percent

PEAK AND END EXPERIENCES

THE ART OF THE SPLURGE

LESS IS MORE

HIDDEN ARTISAN: CUZCO, PERU

Coming Full Circle

ICHIGO, ICHIE

POIGNANT ENDINGS

HOW TO REFLECT

HIDDEN MORE: HOME

Acknowledgments

Endnotes

Photo Resources

Annotated Bibliography

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