[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.

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

Photo: Blaze Nowara


Image courtesy of Blaze Nowara

When you get to touch a giant

Stefan Klopp


Image courtesy of Stefan Klopp

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

Cody Doucette


Image courtesy of Cody Doucette

Or finding yourself deep in Yosemite

Photo: Colin Heinrich

Image courtesy of Colin Heinrich

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

Photo: Carlo Alcos


Image courtesy of Carlo Alcos

Or wandering the Sahara, camera in hand

Photo: Kate Siobhan


Image courtesy of Kate Siobhan

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

Photo: Colin Heinrich

Image courtesy of Colin Heinrich

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

Doree Simon


Image courtesy of Doree Simon

Finding the best camp site atop St Mark’s Summit

Photo: Stefan Klopp


Image courtesy of Stefan Klopp

Unexpectedly joining a wedding procession in Jodhpur, India

Image by Mike Dewey.

Image courtesy of Mike Dewey

Hiking into Pololu Valley just after sunrise

Photo: Cody Doucette

Image courtesy of Cody Doucette

Making it through the southern Alps of New Zealand

Photo: Colin Heinrich

Image courtesy of Colin Heinrich

Your first time trekking through a tropical rainforest

Photo: Carlo Alcos


Image courtesy of Carlo Alcos

Paying homage to the Buddha during Yi Peng

Photo: Blaze Nowara


Image courtesy of Blaze Nowara

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

Doree Simon


Image courtesy of Doree Simon