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​The Ultimate Adventure

Hands together on beach


Leaving the security of a world you know and hurling yourself into a new one will teach you to trust not only others but also yourself.

Recently, I agreed to travel with 10 strangers. We would hike in Wales, spending 15 hours or more a day together. We would come from three countries and four U.S. states. Though we would never be in danger, we would be vulnerable and dependent on each other. We would struggle up hills in sleet, rain, and hail. We would bandage each other’s blisters at the makeshift “surgery.” We would pull each other from the muck and quicksand, share each other’s handkerchiefs, and laugh at one another’s impromptu humor. In the evening, we would meet for drinks and a civilized meal where we would be responsible for making conversation. Traveling, to me, is the ultimate adventure—but I prefer to do it with intimati. So, in spite of the intriguing program, I was skeptical. It might be an interesting trip, I thought, but how could it be fun? Being with people all day long whom I didn’t know well would be laborious and enervating. Still, almost reluctantly, I went to Wales. And, guess what? I had a blast. Without the security blanket of family and friends, I had to offer myself to these strangers. Lacking any résu …

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Becca Hensley is a spiritual adventurer and a widely published travel writer. Based in Austin, Texas, she is a contributing editor at 

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