Are You a Tourist or an Explorer?

Tourist or Explorer, What is Your Cup of Tea?

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There is no difference between a Tourist or Explorer. Tourists are the largest group of Explorers.  Most people have some curiosity in them, the question is how much. My definition of a Tourist is not based on attitude or appearance but how a person travels. I have played the tourist role at some points in my life. Tourists rely on agents to plan their adventure.  The degree of danger or difficulty has no bearing on the adventure or the Tourist classification.

Juan Sebastián Elcano, You Went Around Me First!

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Who was the first to circumnavigate the world? The answer you receive will depend on who you ask. If you ask most of the world they will either say Joshua Slocum or Ferdinand Magellan, however both answers are wrong. If you ask someone from Spain they will say Juan Sebastián Elcano but that answer is only 1/18th correct. The world’s first circumnavigation was completed by 18 people not just one. Now sit back and discover the tha amazing journey that started with 270 men and ended with only 18.

The Life & Epic Journey of Joshua Slocum

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Joshua Slocum was the first man to sail solo around the world. He was born in Nova Scotian and a naturalised American citizen. He was a sailor, adventurer, and a noted writer. In Fairhaven, Massachusetts, he rebuilt the 36′ 9″ gaff rigged sloop oyster boat named Spray.  In 1900 he wrote a book about his journey Sailing Alone Around the World, which became an international best-seller. He disappeared at sea in November 1909 while aboard his boat, the Spray.

Sailing Over the Appalachian Mountains

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In the summer of 2016 I took a little trip from St Michaels, MD to Port Huron, MI. My route took 5 weeks and 1,162 Nautical Miles and was for the most part fun. When I reached Albany NY I took down the mast and the real work began.  My first lock was at Troy NY at an elevation of 15 feet above sea level.  The Erie Canal lifted my boat to a height of 420 ft. in Whitesboro, NY. and back down the mountain range to Phoenix, NY where we took a right on the Oswego Canal.

The Seven Sleepers

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The Seven Sleepers story appears to be primarily a Christian story as it also has variations in the Muslim, Arabic, Scandinavian, German, Hungarian, and Welsh mythology. The basic story goes that during the time of the Roman emperor Decius, around 250 AD, seven young men were accused of Christianity.

Circumnavigation Route

Conquistador of the Useless!

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My journey will be approximately 69,000 nautical miles and expected to take about 5 years to complete. The adventure will start in Seattle Washington and transit the Pacific Ocean, Coral Sea, South China Sea, Indian Ocean, Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea. It calls for landfall on six continents, all except Antarctica.