Set out & challenge conventional wisdom
1st editionPRESS YOUR GO BUTTON >
& KEEP GOING
Chapters – marked V1-13 as ventures, with range @age (+ a taster for each)
V1/ @05 Press go – In the beginning we all come from somewhere else / Istvan’s great escape.
around this time you’re unlimited
V2/ @17 Non-ventional Lost without maps / (Paris-Copenagen)
you don’t need to think conventional just yet
V3/ @18 Footsie How far would you go / Hitch Hiking to Bologna
You’ll probably be playing around
V4/ @20 Trading ways – from racy nuns to trainee caravan salesman
time to get serious business
V5/ @23 Pyramid Illusions / Egypt
It won’t work out like you think, but you’ll go anyway
V6/ @36 Randomly & distraction / Kenya
good age to start a mid life crisis
V7/ @40 times around the world couriering + distance driving. That’s how far a million miles is
V8/ @43 Buda & Pest lost identity / Hungary (like the Country, what where how)
find where you’re from and how you’d like to continue, all helps
V9/ @45 Cookoo cookoo doctors things aren’t always as they seem
V10/ @47 The way – transporterism – China by bike
you can take yourself further if you make the will and the way
V11/ @50 Make or move – People on the move – Balkans
good to have a fair plan of what and where you want to be at
V12/ @53 Promised lands & chickens – all precious – waiting for you to go find
V13 / @56 Crash on the Freeway – The venture movie that wasn’t supposed to be
Spontaneous combustions > some excerpts from the road
This book is inspired by my Hungarian father’s venture as he set out to explore the freedom of faraway lands at a time when escaping from your own Country was frowned upon, if even for an adventure. Sound familiar?!
Istvan was my father, who I never got to know so well. His own adventure ended abruptly, crashing his electric scooter at Safeway’s, irony hey!
Whether it’s 30 miles to the store – 300 miles to see friends or 30,000 miles around the world, it all starts exactly the same – just press your go button.
I’ve felt the same nervous trepidation doing all of the above. It’s fine, its natural. For different reasons we can all find ourselves afraid. Cast it aside and follow nature’s momentum. It starts like Istvan, by moving.
Whatever you’d like to do, it’s possible at some level. You’ll need to move, at least to some degree and press your go button.
Istvan randomly decided one day that he would move his entire house contents 150 miles to a bungalow in London. The slight issue was he didn’t actually own a bungalow in London, nor anywhere else. This wasn’t going to stop him though, after all he’d already transported himself from Budapest to Britain during the Hungarian uprising in 1956, fleeing from the Soviet’s communist regime invading Hungary. Escaping without documents and no idea where he’d ultimately end up or what he’d do once he got to wherever he was heading, he must have literally just decided one day ‘I’m not a tree – I can move’ , so off he set with just a bit less than he could carry.
Press Go started out with inspiration from Istvan’s willingness to ‘go see for himself’. Spontaneous, mystic influences from our past and its ability to bring out the curious venturer in us, however it goes. I hope that you, the reader, might find it helps you bring to life your own ideas and ventures, however you like to do it.
Useful for travel & venturers
0-60 section – useful things for venturers
- Apart from getting on with it, everything else is largely irrelevant. Or, put another way, you’re not Tutankhamun – you’ll not be keeping it, so ‘Why Worry?’ (incidentally the name of a sinking boat I acquired by accident!)
- Ask yourself; “What’s the worst that could happen”?
- There’s a large part of training which de-trains us, it throws us off our natural course and tries to align you onto someone else’s track.
… + lots more to come
Make some tea and coffee anywhere, people like it
It’s not until I started traveling afar that I realised fundamentally everyone is exactly the same. I can walk into a coffee bar, or sit in the dirt and make a coffee – and everyone has just the same curiosity for life, it’s just expressed in different ways, but it’s all survival, fulfilment, love, companionship. Curiosity of the human spirit, or something beyond.
Shaking shacklesWe’re pre-conditioned by families and the people we mix with, to respond to situations and opportunities in a certain way, often the perceived least risky way. When-ever I listened to this noise, it sounded limiting. I try to block out such noises.
Prefer the riskier sounding routes, like experimenting, making mistakes, trying crazy sounding things, looking at things from a totally different perspective, or point in time.
In motoexplorer traveler terms – it’s like going over the mountain, rather than around it.
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