Travel / walking gear

Yeah, I’m a sucker for this kind of post — I love to read about what people purchase for traveling and how they pack it all to go. Craig Mod shares his kit and since his recent travels are a little more robust than most, the list is long and contains some gear many of us do not need. But it’s fun to read regardless. I didn’t go through the exercise, but I’m betting Craig’s list here is in excess of $20,000. Good gear costs more for good reason and I’m a fan of…

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The life changing magic of taking long walks

Like Craig Mod, Ryan Holiday appreciates the value of walking. He loves nothing better than talking a long stroll in the countryside surrounding his farm (pictured above … here’s hoping he usually hangs on to the stroller). Brought on by an injury, he learned that the act of walking does something for our minds that is peaceful, freeing, and productive. But it should be said that walking thoughts are usually a different kind of thought. They are not the racing thoughts of the worried mind. Or the distracted thoughts of the workplace mind. They are, as many walkers attest, more…

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Why walking helps us think

Walking is a subject dear to my heart. Ferris Jabr makes the case for walking above all other activities for doing our best work. He starts: What is it about walking, in particular, that makes it so amenable to thinking and writing? The answer begins with changes to our chemistry. When we go for a walk, the heart pumps faster, circulating more blood and oxygen not just to the muscles but to all the organs—including the brain.And where as some physical activities require our focus, walking does not: Because we don’t have to devote much conscious effort…

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