Ideas & Inspiration
Ideas, inspiration, and challenges, events and more.
Cao Dai Temple Vietnam
Cao Dai is an attempt to create a perfect synthesis of world religions. It is a combination of Christianity, Buddhism , Islam, Confucianism, Hinduism, Geniism, and Taoism.
Crop Over Festival Barbados
Crop Over is Barbados‘ biggest, loudest and best-loved festival, which sees the whole island taken over by the party spirit. Dating back to the 1780s when the island was one of the biggest sugar producers in the world, the end of the sugar cane harvest was always celebrated with a big party, and the tradition continues today with added extravagance and flamboyance."
Keukenhof Gardens Netherlands
Each year over 7,000,000 bulbs are hand-planted to create the world’s largest flower garden in Lisse, about 15 miles of Amsterdam. Literally means “kitchen garden”, Keukenhof Gardens was listed in World’s Top 25 Attractions in 2010 as one of the most popular destinations in the Netherlands."
'Walk To Mordor' Challenge
In the Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien, Frodo, Sam, and their companions travel from Bag End in Hobbiton to Rivendell. Our goal is to re-create their walk in our neighborhoods, parks, gyms, homes, and minds. It’s 1779 miles (2863 km) from the Shire to Mordor following Frodo and Sam’s journey. If you walk three miles every other day, it will take you 20 weeks (about 4.5 months) to reach Weathertop and complete your challenge.
Sea Kayak the San Juan Islands Washington
For sea kayakers, the San Juan Islands combine the best of all worlds: Only an hour ferry ride from the mainland, they’re sheltered from ocean swells by the Olympic Peninsula and Vancouver Island, and yet, with some 170 islands and islets, they offer endless opportunities for adventure. Though kayakers can easily put in just a few hours of paddling, doing so for several days offer a true immersion."
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sarajevo is a city in which even strangers can feel at home. This city epitomizes a partial centuries-old struggle against outside influences combined with the absorption of these influences into one of the most diverse cultures in Europe."
Scale Red-Rock Towers Utah
Few climbs anywhere match the heady sensation of topping out on Castleton Tower in Castle Valley. You stand alone on a sheer parapet of red Wingate sandstone, 450 feet (137 meters) tall, but as it crowns on a talus slope, you’re nearly a thousand feet (305 meters) above the desert floor and the Colorado River, your 360-degree view dominated by the LaSalle Mountains on the southwestern horizon."
Leptis Magna Libya
Leptis Magna also known as Lectis Magna (or Lepcis Magna as it is sometimes spelled), also called Lpqy, Neapolis, Lebida or Lebda to modern-day residents of Libya, was a prominent city of the Roman Empire. Its ruins are located in Al Khums, Libya, 130 km east of Tripoli, on the coast where the Wadi Lebda meets the sea. The site is one of the most spectacular and unspoiled Roman ruins in the Mediterranean.
Learn Paddling at Nantahala Outdoor Center North Carolina
While the American West gets so much of the love when it comes to adventure, the underappreciated South lays claim to an abundance of whitewater. And it’s not just the rapids that make paddling here so special. A paddling culture has grown up down South, highlighted by big events such as the Gauley River Festival in West Virginia or facilities like the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte. The heart and soul of the South’s whitewater scene, however, is the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC), tucked up in the deep, wooded folds of the Appalachians."
The Tikal National Park is one of the most extensive Maya archaeological sites in the world. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. There are several structures in the area, and many are still being unearthed. Some of the best known are the six buildings known as Temples I to VI. Other structures in the area include Temple 33, a funerary temple, and Structure 34. This is a pyramid with a three chambered shrine.
International Date Festival at Buraidah Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia has the highest number of palm trees in the world with more than 23 million trees accounting for 20 percent of the world production. More than 200,000 tons of dates valued at SR2.5 billion will be made available during the 75-day festival for customers from the Kingdom and neighboring countries to buy.
Boulder Hueco Tanks Texas
It’s the climber’s equivalent of Mecca: Every winter, between November and March, thousands of climbers from across the world make the pilgrimage to Hueco Tanks, an 860-acre (348-hectare) bouldering area outside El Paso, Texas, with more than 2,000 problems—and counting. It’s renowned for its dry, sunny weather, bombproof igneous rock, and fantastical rock formations that make for endlessly challenging climbing."
Basilica of Aglona Latvia
Aglona basilica is the most Eastern catholic pilgrimage place in Europe - every August there comes sometimes even up to 500 000 pilgrims. It is located in Latgale, Eastern Latvia, in scenic area between 2 lakes."
Arnhem Land Australia
Made up of 91,000 square kilometres of tropical wilderness, Arnhem Land is as unspoiled and remote as you can get. Its small population is predominantly Aboriginal people, whose traditional culture remains largely intact, making it a huge tick on our bucket list. Access to Arnhem Land is so restricted that only selected tour operators who have earned the trust of traditional landowners may bring visitors in.