You can do cool things regardless of your age

I still remember the conversation vividly, even though it was now several years ago.

I was at a friend’s bachelorette party with a group of girls. We were sitting out by the pool on lounge chairs, discussing life.

All in our mid-twenties at the time, we were in the thick…


Don’t let them derail you by jumping at every chance

Sometimes, what seems like a great opportunity on the surface can quickly become nothing more than an obstacle keeping you from your ultimate goal—the one that continues to get buried underneath the ever-growing pile of distractions.

I have always had a problem with this.

My problem is the classic one…


You have to keep going to reveal the mystery

“Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started.”

- Austin Kleon

Many successful bloggers and entrepreneurs have said that one of the best parts about what they’ve built is all the surprises that have emerged along the way.

Many of them never would have imagined doing what…


Consistent little steps mean you can travel great distances

I first heard about the Camino de Santiago, a network of pilgrim trails through Europe, from a movie called The Way.

For reasons I’m still not totally clear on, that movie spoke to me.

I soaked up every minute of what appeared to be a very challenging yet fulfilling experience…


It’s the best full-body workout I’ve ever had

It took 12 days in total.

We walked 285km carrying 20+ pound backpacks up mountains, across rivers, through forests and vineyards, and along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Rain or shine, tired or not, we covered an average of 25km per day.

If I hadn’t just successfully completed my…


Also, fear is your friend

“If your dreams don’t scare you, they are too small.”

Richard Branson said that.

I remember coming across this quote of his once and thinking, Why would I want my dreams to scare me? Then I’ll never pursue them.

But I now realize just how true his words are.

We all have dreams

No…


And probably your potential

I have a problem with patience.

It’s okay if you do too.

The truth is, I think most of us do. It’s a bit of an epidemic these days.

We want it all, and we want it to happen right now. Not in two years, not in five years, and…


I love being reminded of these things every single time

I’ve been extremely fortunate to have incredible adventures over the years.

From road trips with my family as a kid to volunteering in Guyana to teaching English in South Korea to long-distance hiking along the Camino de Santiago, I’ve eagerly soaked up everything I could in each new place I…


After all, being understood is not the point

For many years, I’ve been “trying” to be a writer.

Sometimes I’ve done this in private, writing things on my laptop or in notebooks that still haven’t seen the light of day (and may never).

Other times, I’ve made my writing public, publishing pieces on my blog or on platforms…


Realizations from my recent trip to help you see home with new eyes

Yesterday my partner (now fiancé!) and I got back from a 3-week trip to Portugal and Spain.

We spent two of the three weeks away walking a 280km section of the Camino de Santiago, and the other…

Allison Burney

Writing about travel, life lessons & personal growth. My mission: keep exploring, learning & enjoying this adventure we call life. Inspiring you to do the same.

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