Feeling unmotivated, uninspired, stuck in a repetitive daily routine? It’s okay, happens to the best of us! Everyone needs a new challenge from time to time to get their positive energy back on track, be it a concrete goal, a big dream or… a long-coveted travel destination!
This is exactly what Maria Angelova and Ivalina Nenova’s project 203 Travel Challenges is there for. The book inspires you to change the way you travel, to go out of your comfort zone and to regularly make time to enjoy the small things in life. The challenges are suitable for experienced travellers as well as newbies and there’s a special section for couples who’d like to adventure together. In a nutshell, the message is one of progressive change: “Do at least one thing you have never done before in your life – and you won’t be able to stop.“
The travel ideas in the book can be ambitious and demanding (“How to walk over hot coals”), classically romantic (“Go up in a balloon”) or just straight-up clever and eye-opening (“Visit a temple of a religion other than yours”).
Personally, I’ve always got new travel plans to get excited about, but I liked many of the fresh ideas in the book and I think undertaking a travel challenge can be a powerful source of external motivation. As a designer, I just couldn’t help falling in love with the wonderful illustrations in Irina Peneva’s charming minimal style. I just wish there were more of them throughout the book!
On the negative side, I feel like the English in 203 Travel Challenges was not always perfect and it could have benefited from some more rigorous editing. Some of the challenges tend to get a bit repetitive if you’re reading the book from cover to cover, but hey, just open it at a random page and you’ve got something new to try!
Overall, 203 Travel Challenges was a fun read and it has a great potential as a gift for a loved one‘s birthday or for that great friend of yours who’s been unusually grumpy lately. It’s available as a paperback and in a Kindle edition from Amazon and it’s been launched alongside a travel website to complement the book.