feel like I need to go on a "quest."

feel like I need to go on a "quest."
I have been trying to define what it means but I think I have come up with these ground rules:
>Must involve traveling somewhere unfamiliar. However, the journey IS the destination.
>Must have some tangible end goal in mind (e.g. finding something) Trying to decide whether or not actually accomplishing this goal is requirement or not. (i"the real X were the friends we made along the way")
>Must involve some sort of difficulties or personal stakes/danger

So, like, a family vacation to Disney isn't a quest.

Any quest ideas, though? Im struggling to think of anything.

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Obsession is in you, you just gotta allow it to bloom like a gut full of giardia. Goals I chased when I was in my 20s include seeing the Mediterranean for the first time (I hitchhiked to Nice from Scotland), climbing Mt Olympus, and visiting Musandam because I’d discovered it on Google earth when I was 10 and it’s important to be true to who we were as kids.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Hm. How much did all that cost? I will admit something. I am getting married soon. However I am finding it hard to get over the fact I will never attain my dream of just bumming it and backpacking across the world. Maybe that was sort of an unattainable dream in the first place.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I'm the guy you're responding to: please don't repeat the same mistake I did by keeping this to yourself. Pour all these feelings out to your partner and tell her/him that you desire to make solo travel a part of your life, and you plan to do the work to make this compatible with having a family. The other 2 alternatives are to live forever in resentment that the other person is holding you back, or to stretch out a decades-long lie which goes to the tune of "just one more trip without you sweetie, then I'll grow up", and every day of your adventures will be flavored with guilt. Waifu and I are only now starting to open up to each other after ten years of marriage, and I'm finally starting to enjoy solo travel because she now understands my motivations.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          thanks anon appreciate it!

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >How much did this all cost
        Almost nothing. I'm now 34 and I still hitchhike and stealth camp everywhere I go.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Go to Las Vegas with a gambling budget and don't come back until you've won your travel expenses back. Your adversity will be both luck, and the efforts in learning and researching how to best improve your odds. Talk to Vegas frequent flyers and gambling addicts for advice and what not to do.

    Many are captured by the siren's call of commercial gambling, but to make your money back and walk away sober would be a victory to your quest.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Actually a cool idea. Definitely not for me (I am an impulsive, dopamine-chasing type on many levels, and poorly suited to successful gambling; although I have walked away from casinos ahead more than once, I have more often blown designated stakes in what felt like seconds), but it has all the hallmarks of a quest.

      https://i.imgur.com/QYRI4cD.jpg

      feel like I need to go on a "quest."
      I have been trying to define what it means but I think I have come up with these ground rules:
      >Must involve traveling somewhere unfamiliar. However, the journey IS the destination.
      >Must have some tangible end goal in mind (e.g. finding something) Trying to decide whether or not actually accomplishing this goal is requirement or not. (i"the real X were the friends we made along the way")
      >Must involve some sort of difficulties or personal stakes/danger

      So, like, a family vacation to Disney isn't a quest.

      Any quest ideas, though? Im struggling to think of anything.

      I was going to suggest overland travel to every international tripoint on a given continent; there are 48 in Europe, for example (pic related), although a few are in bodies of water.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I just finished the Budapest to Bamako Rally "Destination Freetown" driving a Twingo. I left Budapest on January 26th, drove across Europe to Algeciras, Spain, took a ferry to Morocco, drove down the length of Morocco (including off-road sections and overnight camps), through Mauritania, Senegal and Guinea (most difficult portion), and to the finish line on the beach in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

    I think it satisfies all of your requirements-- the journey was the destination, there was a tangible goal in mind, there were some difficulties and stakes (not getting stuck / breaking the car / dying in a crash), and I made friends along the way.

    You're too late for this year's, but, if you want to do it, you'll have plenty of time to prep for the next one in 2026.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      You actually travel and do cool stuff, idk if you belong on this board.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Do the Camino de Santiago, it's 900 kilometers-long catholic pilgrimage you complete in 30-35 days depending on your physical preparation.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Best advice.
      Best thing I've done in my entire life, I'm 20 so there isn't much to compare it with, but so far it's the best decision ever.
      Also the worst, because now that I'm stuck in the military for 3 years, the Camino is all I think about, literally daily or bi-daily, it's been a year and a half.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        To tell you how life changing it is, I went from wanting to commit self destruct, to finding a way to live life, literally the first thing I will do when I finish service, is fly for Camino.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        To tell you how life changing it is, I went from wanting to commit self destruct, to finding a way to live life, literally the first thing I will do when I finish service, is fly for Camino.

        I haven't walked it yet and still I think about the Camino basically every day. It has become my main goal since I became interested in it some months ago and it's helping me continue my studies. Now I need to get my degree as soon as possible and then I'll do it.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          It will literally be an obsession, been camino

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Auto c**t, buen*

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            To tell you how life changing it is, I went from wanting to commit self destruct, to finding a way to live life, literally the first thing I will do when I finish service, is fly for Camino.

            Do the Camino de Santiago, it's 900 kilometers-long catholic pilgrimage you complete in 30-35 days depending on your physical preparation.

            What about the Camino is so mind blowing and gives people growth and a lust for life?
            I am drawn towards doing it and want to learn more and embark on the quest

            Yeah OP just figure out what sounds cool to you and go do it
            A couple years ago i flew into Munich and began the quest by obtaining a bicycle and some items and the rode it to budapest and completed a bunch of side quests on the way

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              It will literally be an obsession, been camino

              To tell you how life changing it is, I went from wanting to commit self destruct, to finding a way to live life, literally the first thing I will do when I finish service, is fly for Camino.

              Why are euros like this? Catholicism is the most cringe religion ever.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                Cause were gay
                What religion is better ?
                Are you brown?

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                >What religion is better ?
                one that doesn't have a cringe pope

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I'm planning the Camino soon as well ... maybe next year

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Spend at least couple months in India, no other place is so ready to generate a quest for you.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      This is actually the best advice in the thread.

      https://i.imgur.com/QYRI4cD.jpg

      feel like I need to go on a "quest."
      I have been trying to define what it means but I think I have come up with these ground rules:
      >Must involve traveling somewhere unfamiliar. However, the journey IS the destination.
      >Must have some tangible end goal in mind (e.g. finding something) Trying to decide whether or not actually accomplishing this goal is requirement or not. (i"the real X were the friends we made along the way")
      >Must involve some sort of difficulties or personal stakes/danger

      So, like, a family vacation to Disney isn't a quest.

      Any quest ideas, though? Im struggling to think of anything.

      >

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I did a long distance hike in Scotland (the west highland way) and then went up their biggest mountain Ben Nevis at the end

        > unfamiliar if you've never been to Scotland
        > Not one but two achievements: doing the multi day hike and summiting the mountain
        > you'll definitely suffer through some points of the hike and climb, plus the wildlife while not traditionally dangerous is somehow worse (midgies)

        Camino is the next one when I can arrange the time

        lol I got FFS and Why Me coming back from Norway recently. funny now but at the time I was so irate haha. Frick you Norwegian Air Shuttle. Actually I got Cattle Class again with them

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Hike up Croagh Patrick with no shoes

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Walk across India in baggy pants and take no money just a tent.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Pacific crest trail is one big American quest that is not trivial.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Solo motorcycle trip around South America. May or may not make you a gommie

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You could try a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    make your quest to go see the eclipse coming up. I did that back in 2017 and it was great

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I've had the idea to go hunting for the nazi gold train in poland, I have some unorthodox ideas about where it may actually be and if it even involves a train at all at this point. I know a rich Danish guy who might be willing to fund my expedition if i presented him with my research but I haven't been able to find him for a few years now. I am american, I think the lazy polish people in that area have simply given up

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I've been toying with the idea of riding a moped or a motorbike or even a bicycle through the Middle-East stopping at cool places along the way

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      wow that is one long non stop journey

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Holy shit this is gay, literally no different than the Eat Pray Love style traveling to le find yourself

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    OP it sounds pretty obvious you just lack a sense of purpose in your life. You aren't going to find it traveling.

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I hiked 2 days through jungle in Belize to find an unexcavated Mayan city. I deliberately took no food to force myself to fish and forage, which worked out pretty good. But the most fun part was planning the trip and trying to figure out where the site was, reading through archaeology papers which only talk in vague terms so looters can't find these sites. Reading about the flora and fauna of the area to make sure I wouldn't die. Trip planning always tends to be the most enjoyable part of an adventure, and lasts way longer.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Share the archaeology papers you read anon please

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >feel like I need to go on a "quest."
    >I have been trying to define what it means
    You're just experiencing what every young guy does, a drive to take bold risk. Personally, I want to surf North Africa.

  18. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Cross the full Island of Borneo without a smartphone

  19. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    There's nothing wrong with what op is suggesting. What is wrong is asking US. A quest should come from inside, not from random SighSeeners. Figure out your quest yourself.

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