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Willie Weir : February 11th, 2011

The Seven Wanders of Your World

If I asked you to list the Seven Wonders of the World, would you be able to do it?

You would first have to ask me, “Which seven wonders?”

There are many lists: The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, The Seven Wonders of the Modern World … the Natural World … the Underwater World.

No matter what answers you gave, somebody or some organization would disagree with you.

But here is a much more important question, and one that you’ll always get right.

What are the Seven WANDERS of YOUR World?

Where do you want to travel? It is a simple question that I find many people don’t ask themselves. What are your travel dreams? Pedaling across the U.S.? Your own state? Alaska to Tierra del Fuego? A grand world tour?

Dream big. Dream small. Weekenders to no-time-limit life changers.

Now. Write them down. At least seven of them. You can include more … it’s your list. Remember, there are no wrong answers and your list is always “subject to change.”

I’ll get things started. Here’s my current list:

Madagascar
Ethiopia
Bolivia
Armenia
Burma (Myanmar)
Newfoundland
ACA’s Great Divide Route

Are these my/our next seven trips? Probably not. The next place we tour might not even be on the list. But every trip begins with a dream.

Whenever someone asks me about bicycle travel, I ask them where they want to go. It is amazing how often the answer is, “I don’t know. I just want to travel.”

Take it a step further. Seven steps further.

Make a list.

Seven correct answers that are always subject to change.

What are the seven wanders of your world?

Originally posted on the Adventure Cycling Association’s blog.

2 comments to The Seven Wanders of Your World

  • Writing it down, printing out a map, and posting it on my kitchen cabinet helped me realize my dream for my first tour last year – where I flew to Pittsburgh and pedaled 500 miles to Washington DC. That was a big dream – monumental effort to achieve – and made possible by holding the vision in my sight everyday!

    Now my dream trips in no particular order:
    Cross country – San Diego to St Augustine then down to Key West and up to Clearwater FL.
    Ireland
    Europe – Spain, France, Netherlands
    USA – along the Mississippi River
    Australia or New Zealand
    Malawi
    South America – Peru or Chile or
    Central America

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