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  1. Ale Mambelli
    January 12, 2016 @ 11:21 am

    1) Buy a piece of land in Tuscany to build a ‘cosy but innovative village’ of wooden homes with a bunch of close friends, then turn this village into a community to share life, and also working experiences. An experiment in lifestyle design, a safe harbour for all members, travelling and permanent, and their extended families.

    2) Learn to home brew Real English Ales.

    3) Start a journey with my wife that could one day see us climbing the Kilimanjaro, so she can see that dream come true.

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    • Tom Allen
      January 13, 2016 @ 9:15 pm

      I love the first idea, and dream regularly of something similar in the UK, before remembering that I’m still far too afraid of such a commitment…

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  2. Andrzej Brandt
    January 13, 2016 @ 8:28 pm

    1) Go on with the current journey – cycling from Australia to Poland.

    2) By doing this journey, i would like to figure out (at least in potential options) the way i want to carry on with my life and next travels

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  3. Simon
    January 13, 2016 @ 9:06 pm

    Number 6 strikes a chord with me, in fact I was thinking on similar lines just today – but my vehicle of choice has so far been a Lada Niva. It wouldn’t take too much convincing to switch dream vehicles to one of those ‘bread loaf’ machines though. I wonder how much I could pick one up for…. I’m living in Moscow so ideally placed for such an adventure in the summer if anyone’s keen!?

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    • Tom Allen
      January 13, 2016 @ 9:13 pm

      I’d love to hear how much you can find them for in Moscow. In Yerevan they tend to come in at roughly $2,000-$5,000 USD, depending on age and condition.

      (And yes, a Niva would be great if you didn’t need campervan functionality!)

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      • Simon
        January 14, 2016 @ 7:24 am

        I will do some digging and let you know!

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  4. jamierbw
    January 13, 2016 @ 11:50 pm

    I love all these ideas, but I see ‘Adventure Basecamp’ as one that could be very beneficial to like minded people. Cost for such people is always prohibitive, but there are still places where it could become a reality, such as in Bulgaria, where houses start from a couple of thousand euro. It’s something I looked into, but it would be a huge project for something of that price.

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    • Tom Allen
      January 14, 2016 @ 6:46 am

      Thanks for the comment, Jamie. It’s one of those ideas that loads of people absolutely love (I know because I’ve had many conversations about it over the last couple of years), but would require leadership and connections that I don’t possess. If something like it did happen, even as a ‘minimum viable product’, I’m sure there’d be an immediate takeup.

      Something like this is already happening in ‘digital nomad’ circles, but AFAIK the crowd tends to be mainly tech freelancers. I might be wrong.

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  5. [email protected]
    January 14, 2016 @ 4:39 am

    In North America I’ve heard of old railroad tracks that are no longer in use being converted into long distance bike trails. The idea of designing our communities and regions to allow people to travel in different ways, and to see the places we live from different perspectives is very inspiring to me.

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    • Tom Allen
      January 14, 2016 @ 6:48 am

      That’s a great idea, and one that is also happening in many other countries, including the UK. Interestingly, there’s an old railway line through Armenia that used to run to Baku, though I suspect it’s not going to become a recreational trail any time soon…

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  6. Allysse Riordan
    January 14, 2016 @ 8:21 am

    Travelling on foot through France for an undefinite period of time and talking to people. The aim would be for me to get to know my birth country again, forgetting my past experiences and pre-conceptions, and hopefully get reconcilied with France. Maybe one day I’ll be able to make it happen.

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    • Tom Allen
      January 14, 2016 @ 8:23 pm

      Interesting – I get where you’re coming from as a walk through the UK appeals to me for similar reasons…

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  7. Sarah
    January 14, 2016 @ 9:15 am

    The “adventure basecamp/nomad hub” is something we’ve been thinking about a lot. Would it have to be in an “adventure hotspot” (e.g. the Alps) or just anywhere in the countryside and more a space for creativity and retreat? There are so many advantages to co-living if it’s with the right people and I think there’s definitely demand for it. It’s just a question of finding a few like-minded founders and the right location I guess…

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    • Tom Allen
      January 14, 2016 @ 7:33 pm

      My thinking was certainly more on the ‘retreat’ side of things, the idea being that it would make a semi-permanent home for people in between adventures… but I don’t think there’d be many complaints if it was in the Alps 🙂

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  8. Mark
    January 14, 2016 @ 9:41 am

    Regarding your bushcraft for adventurers (course)…you’re being modest – I’m not too sure how anyone could be any MORE qualified to teach this sort of thing! It’s the silly but practical details (like storing your scouring pad between your trangia pans to stop them rubbing/rattling) that people would be interested in.

    A lack of any formal teaching/instruction experience would probably be a benefit as it would allow you to do things in your own natural “voice”.

    Regarding demand…I hate marketing but I’m pretty sure that with the right marketing and energy you would turn this into something viable. Try a one of first. If that works do another…

    Sorry bud, that’s the objections dealt with….you’ve gotta get on with this one 😉

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    • Tom Allen
      January 14, 2016 @ 8:23 pm

      Let me see what I can do 🙂

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  9. jamie
    January 14, 2016 @ 1:18 pm

    skimmed thru your list and my mouth watered, I will revisit when my own life travel funding programme ends circa 1-2yrs!?
    however my next holiday ~ hitch from south wales to Belfast and turn right and hitch the coast road to Galway and fly back! camping and just looking…. on your doorstep, close and amazing none the less J

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  10. James
    January 14, 2016 @ 5:30 pm

    I have a list as substantial as your own Tom, however I consider all of mine to be dreams, therefore a target and something to work towards, although many of mine are interconnected and I shall be emailing you regarding one of them very shortly. I have downloaded your two guides to adventure cycling which have been ridiculously helpful, so thank you very much for taking the time to write them. Take care & I’ll be in touch soon.

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    • Tom Allen
      January 14, 2016 @ 8:22 pm

      Intriguing, James 🙂 I await your email on tenterhooks!

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  11. Steve Parry
    January 15, 2016 @ 3:24 am

    A friend had the idea to convert a van/truck to run on recycled vegetable oil. Then tour across Europe/Asia blogging as they travelled to promote the concept and friendly donors/routes as they went. It didn’t happen but for personal not logistical reasons.

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    • Tom Allen
      January 15, 2016 @ 4:05 am

      I met someone planning something like that a long time ago – at RGS Explore 2006, if I recall correctly. But I can’t remember his name…

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  12. Sandra
    January 15, 2016 @ 4:01 am

    1) Kayaking around Madagascar with a surfboard to find all amazing waves.

    2) cycling thru south America with surf gear and setting up laughter yoga stations. Where people get together to play and laugh for the sake of it.

    3) next adventure : fixing a little 30ft Bristol channel cutter yacht in Kenya to explore the Indian ocean and hopefully round cape of Good hope to continue to explore Africa. Find the best surf and kite surfing spots in untouched sailing ground…

    I love following your adventures and look forward to the next one in Armenia.

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    • Tom Allen
      January 15, 2016 @ 6:04 am

      This is why I love the adventure community – those ideas all sound fantastic! Will you let me know when they happen? 🙂

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  13. Ruben
    January 15, 2016 @ 11:53 am

    1.) Buy a Kayak in northern or middle Europe and see whether you will make it to either Istanbul or Cairo.

    2.) Start at Pilos (Greece) and make it to Venice by windsurfing.

    3.) Set up a website where you sell highpriced desert-experiences to bankers/buisnessmen in a place in the middle of nowhere. Arrange their arrival, give them back all their money in cash and leave them alone to teach them a real desert-experience and show them that their money has no worth out there.

    4.) Encourage yourself or someone else to drink a cup of tea with the unknown old woman living next door.

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    • Tom Allen
      January 15, 2016 @ 9:05 pm

      Lovely ideas, Ruben! 🙂

      For some reason, number 3 makes me think of one of my favourite films, The Game

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  14. Bill Flagg
    February 4, 2016 @ 8:48 pm

    Hey, love the idea about the adventure base camp Tom, and I see it attracting a pretty big following!

    I have an idea to start a business that offers adventure travel packages to corporations. The idea would be that companies pay for these packages to send their employees on and these trips would consist of games and adventurous activities that promote leadership, thinking outside of the box, and getting people out of their comfort zones. It seems that too many companies have stale corporate environments where creativity is discouraged (purposefully or not), and people just show up and go through the day to day drudgery. Not sure how feasible this is… companies generally don’t want to spend more money than they have to, but there might be some progressive smaller companies out there willing to g above and beyond regarding their employees growth.

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  15. Hein
    February 8, 2016 @ 7:43 am

    Another idea for a base camp could be something similar to couchsurfing. Create a forum for like-minded people (those of an adventurous nature) and make our homes (for those who still have them) available to others for when they are in a given place and allow them to stay for a while, use your Internet, knowledge of local customs (and of course the best bars). Next when you are in Wherever, you can connect with one of the brethren there and enjoy the pleasures of reciprocation.

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    • Tom Allen
      February 8, 2016 @ 8:55 am

      This is a great idea – a Couchsurfing-like network for digital nomads to share their living/working spaces. Very cool!

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