Oliver Pelling
Oliver Pelling Editor Melbourne

What does adventure mean to you?

“To me, adventure is the opportunity to figure things out about myself and the world that I couldn’t figure out by laying on the sofa. Where the routines and stresses of everyday life can leave me feeling as though I’ve completely lost sight of myself, getting out into the big fat yonder always brings me back to my senses.

I find I learn more in a week spent somewhere else than I do in a year at home (just an estimate—I haven’t done the exact calculations). I think that’s the point of it all. Learning stuff. Learning how other cultures work, learning about the people I meet, about myself, about how much rice and curry I can devour before I need to lie down. It’s also, very often, about tequila.

I never forget how fortunate I am to even be able to travel in the first place. It’s a privilege, not a ‘calling’–no matter what all those memes might tell you.

I don’t know if it’s the same for you and I don’t for a minute profess that it should be, but that’s how it works for me.”

Sunset in the Philippines
Friends drink a beer on Boracay beach, Philippines
Sailing the Philippines with some new friends, late 2016.

Oliver spent three years at Intrepid Travel as digital editor before moving into advertising as a copywriter. He’s been freelancing for magazines and websites since he was 19-years-old, and in August 2016 decided to take his freelancing full-time. He hasn’t looked back since.

He’s a contributing editor to both Adventure.com and Red Bull’s adventure channel in Australia. He fills the rest of his time by writing about music, travel and skateboarding, among other things, for a range of international magazines and newspapers.

Oliver’s favorite city (so far) is Istanbul and his favorite trip (so far) is either the time he traveled on the Trans-Mongolian Railway or the time he drove 1200km around Sri Lanka in a tuk-tuk. Tough call.

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