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Intrepid : The Kind of Traveler I Aspire to Be

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What does Intrepid Mean?

in·trep·id
adjective
  1. fearless; adventurous (often used for rhetorical or humorous effect).
    “our intrepid reporter”

Be Fearless

I don’t mean be an idiot.  Always be aware of your surroundings and any dangerous activity that may be going on where you are at.  There’s a difference in being cautious and being fearful.  Fearful people tend to say no to a lot of things and miss out on so much.  I can’t and won’t be one of those people.  I like to say I’ll try anything once.  I’m sure everyone has their limits to that and I’m sure I’ll find my limit one day but for now, I’ll say I’ll try anything.

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Be Adventurous

The more adrenaline-pumping the activity the better – in my opinion.  I want to go Great White Shark Cage Diving, jump out of airplanes, and eat  some really bizarre foods.  As much as I enjoy laying on a beach and taking it easy, I’m the type that needs to constantly be moving and doing something exciting.

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intrepid travel, fearless travel

Get out My Comfort Zone

Just because I say I’ll do anything, doesn’t mean I don’t have fears.  I’m terrified of being up in front of people.  I’m terrified of spiders, but if I let that dictate my life than I wouldn’t be traveling anywhere or thinking about eating a tarantula in Cambodia.  I hate doing things wrong – I think that’s called a perfectionist – so I’ve not done things before because I didn’t want to suck.  Well, it’s time to embrace the suck.

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What kind of traveler do you tend to be?  Fearless and adventurous or cautious and timid?  Do you think there’s such a thing as being too fearless?

This post is part of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge [2014]. 

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Ashley is the mastermind behind A Southern Gypsy, a travel blog focused on adventure, outdoors and wildlfe, and is in the process of selling all her things and prepping for long term travel before she leaves for Southeast Asia in November. She writes about prepping, past travel experiences, life in Nashville and future travel plans.

17 Comments

  1. Tam @ Travelling Book Junkie

    April 10, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    I would love to say that I am always the adventurous traveller, the one that never questions why I am about to do something stupid or dangerous but that is not always the case. I do show fear, probably a bit too often which means that sometimes I back out of doing something I really want to do.

    This is probably also true in life. I would love to travel as you are planning to do, without the ties of coming home after a short two week break, but fear prevents us from doing this – or rather the excuse of a mortgage at present does this! Maybe one day we will move out of our comfort zone and be fearless and take that leap of faith! :)

  2. Corinne

    April 10, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Ashley, From where I sit, you have already become that intrepid traveler…keep it up! Love this, very inspirational!

  3. Wendy

    April 10, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Can I straddle the choices, please? When I travel, I don’t want to be the ugly American. I want to get out into the community to experience what’s there. However, I’m not as adventurous as you — I took a ride in a hot air balloon (fantastic, by the way), but jumping out or off of something, no thanks. I don’t care for beach vacations because a beach is a beach. I want to see museums and old buildings and festivals and what’s different from where I live.
    Visiting from A to Z~
    Wendy at Jollett Etc.

  4. Birgit

    April 10, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    I love the comment about everything you want is on the other side of fear. I would love to travel to many different places but I would research and make sure it is aok. I would not travel to Egypt right now due to the unsettling going on there. I do believe in confronting your fears. I am very, very scared of heights. I start shaking when I am on the 3rd rung of the ladder. I avoid going over bridges and truly shake with fear and cry. Well I went zip lining in Panama. It was 180ft up. I was hugging every tree and shaking and breathing out of a bag before starting but I am so happy that I did that and would want to do that again despite my crippling fear. The beauty of looking at the mountains on one side and a waterfall on the other and seeing a butterfly before I went stays with me to this day

  5. Sean @ His and Her Hobbies

    April 10, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    I agree that you should branch out and try new things and not let fear overcome you. There have been a couple of times that I have chickened out of some awesome travel experiences and have regretted it ever since.

    Sean at His and Her Hobbies

  6. Elizabeth

    April 10, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Good luck on your travels! I have a friend who is going to Europe (Spain and Portugal specifically) to walk the El Camino (I think it’s called!) I think people like you are brave. I had the reverse experience. My dad is fearless, and took me to lots of exotic locales when I was growing up. Now I have lots of old stamps on several passports (that means I’m really old) and no desire to venture much beyond where the town in which I live, much to my husband’s disappointment.

    Best regards,
    Elizabeth

    PS: Visiting from the A to Z sign up page

  7. Erin

    April 11, 2014 at 6:58 AM

    “Do Epic Shit” about sums it up for me! LOL! These are all great but that really strikes a chord.

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  9. Daidri | Thee Getaway Gal

    April 11, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    I admire your fearless attitude and willingness to try everything once. I do think there’s such a thing as too fearless and on the opposite end I also think some people aren’t cautious enough. Balance is the key! My husband and boys are fearless so I live through them as I’m a bit more timid. Traveling helps me embrace things out of my comfort zone which I love.

  10. ben

    April 12, 2014 at 6:03 AM

    I agree that you must get out of your comfort zone. With this you will gain confidence.

  11. Heather {My Little HEA}

    April 12, 2014 at 6:41 AM

    I recently did a post very similar to this for my letter “G” with Gumption! I’m definitely a comfort zone girl and am learning to step out of it to find that magic!

  12. Calli

    April 12, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    What a great topic for I Ashely! I too want to be an intrepid traveler and I love that Do Epic Shit poster :)

  13. Anna - slightly astray

    April 12, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Great post Ashley! I’d like to be adventurous, though no jumping out of planes for me. My boyfriend (who I travel with) is super cautious on the other hand, so we have to find a balance. I completely agree that you have to get out of your comfort zone! I’m more fearful about big life changes and he’s more fearful about doing scary activities, so we help each other with that.
    PS. I love your line “time to embrace the suck”!

  14. Chris Boothman

    April 12, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Ashley, you are well on track to becoming the intrepid traveler that you desire. As soon as you embark on your trip to SE Asia this will truly take you to the next level. Of course you will be tested and stretched to limits you probably have never even considered before but it will make you a much better person and unique traveler for it.

  15. saskia

    April 13, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Totally love this post! Never let fear get in the way of doing great things. Go for it and you’ll find amazing opportunities!

  16. Samantha Bryant

    April 17, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Just read a great story with some young students today about the idea of stepping outside your comfort zone. Scaredy Squirrel. :-) Nice post! (Samantha @ http://samanthadunawaybryant.blogspot.com/)

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 21, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      Thanks so much Samantha! I hope they took something away from the story :)

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