[Editor’s note: One night in 2014, while scrolling through Instagram, Ross Borden and I conceived the phrase ‘travelstoke’. It described that feeling of being so immersed in your travels that everything else drops away. Travelstoke is total 100% presence in the moment, the terrain, the culture, the flow, the radically dreamlike quality of life that reveals itself when you’re somewhere unexpected–and often far out of your comfort zone. ]

When you’re exploring the forests of Panama with the local Embera tribe


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When you get to touch a giant


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When you’re dropping into bottomless powder in Sun Valley…


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Or finding yourself deep in Yosemite

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Coming out of the shadows and into the sun in British Columbia…


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Or wandering the Sahara, camera in hand


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Greeting the solstice sun with 20,000 hippies at Stonehenge.

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Going to the beach for a barbecue, then ending up swimming with sea turtles


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Finding the best camp site atop St Mark’s Summit


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Unexpectedly joining a wedding procession in Jodhpur, India

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Hiking into Pololu Valley just after sunrise

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Making it through the southern Alps of New Zealand

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Your first time trekking through a tropical rainforest


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Paying homage to the Buddha during Yi Peng


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When you find yourself alone at the bottom of the African continent


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