Meet Jamie Ramsay. Professional adventurer who has travelled over 30,000 self-powered kilometres. Sounds sexy right?
He tells us about the honest every day and the constant trade off with such a routine-free life; the great joys, the freedoms, the battles with motivation, a drive that is often fuelled by negative emotions; the relationship compromises, the work. Yes, the work – as this is a job and an income as well as a life of solo-powered travel and adventure.
I’m going to say up front that I loved talking to Jamie. His approach to adventure and personal fulfilment is thought-provoking. From a fast-paced, high-stress corporate career in London to a pared-down existence in rural France, interspersed with expeditions all over the world – from cycling across Australia to running to Argentina from Canada. He listened to his intuition and steered a new path for his life.
We get to learn a lot about Jamie:
His aversion to planning the detail of expeditions in advance and the psychological benefits he finds in planning as he travels; a distraction tactic for an exhausted mind
What his lifestyle living, working and partying in the city in London felt like.
How he made the transition from London rat race to adventuring all over the world and the choice to move his base to rural France.
How he finances a life of adventure and expeditions.
Jamie’s lifestyle as an adventurer and adapting to lack of routine.
The experience of cycling across Australia.
His opinions on the value of work in human lives for structure, meaning and fulfilment.
His passion for wildlife, diving and the ocean.
His approach to the post-adventure blues
How he is approaching his imminent expedition across Madagascar and mindset on the risks, which include the bubonic plague, cyclones, poor healthcare and crime.
The current procrastination he is experiencing about writing and publishing his first book – the vulnerability of putting the past on the page.
This week Jamie is heading to Madagascar - a country he has always dreamt of exploring. He’s running across the country, over 50 marathons back-to-back (he doesn’t like rest days), checking out the coast as he goes and dropping into the ocean for a dive or two. You can follow his progress on the tracker here.
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