“I want to push myself to the limit, and this is what happens when you travel…When you travel, you appreciate what you’re doing. You get caught up in this traveling mode of, ‘Why not? Why can’t I go and do this?’
You start to get brave. You start to come out of your shell much more. That’s the beauty of traveling.”
– Aqeel Karim
In this podcast episode of Edge of Comfort I talk with Aqeel Karim (@muzzaabroad) from the United Kingdom.
Aqeel recently returned from a 250-day solo trip to India, South America, Central America and Europe. Going “with the flow” for most of his travels, Aqeel highlights his incredible stories, adventures and insights from 8 months abroad.
He spent the bulk of his time in South America despite knowing little to nothing about the area before arriving. Now, South America is no longer a foreign land.
Exploring all throughout the country. Attending intense football matches. Hiking multi-day treks on a whim. Befriending locals and other travelers. Dodging selfie sticks at Christ the Redeemer. Aqeel’s stories from South America and beyond might cause you to spontaneously book a trip after listening. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Overall, Aqeel is an outstanding advocate for travel with lessons we can all learn from. His mindset and outlook towards life is infectious. How he faced setbacks, uncertainty on the road, and challenges in keeping his faith strong can help anyone embarking on their own journey.
Some of the things Aqeel and I discuss include:
- How to make 250+ days of travel a reality
- Promoting travel in the muslim community
- Easy ways to meet people on the road
- Positive aspects of the travel culture
- Implementing values learned abroad into your life back home
- The selfie stick epidemic
- Football in Europe and South America
- Travel philosophies
- Value of travel vs. price of travel
Thank you for listening. Enjoy!
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4:30 – The Year of the Traveller
7:35 – Turning negative situations into positives
9:55 – Making 250+ days of travel a reality
13:50 – Planning when being a “go with the flow” type of person
17:00 – Choosing South America despite knowing nothing about it
20:00 – Mindset going into experiences with so much uncertainty
23:15 – Promoting travel in the muslim community
34:15 – Dealing with loneliness while traveling solo
37:45 – Tips for meeting people on the road
41:10 – Keeping your mind open while traveling and back at home
46:30 – Implementing travel habits back at home
49:25 – Selfie sticks
51:45 – Football culture in Europe/South America
1:01:30 – Safety abroad
1:04:35 – Common mistakes to avoid while traveling
1:08:00 – Luggage for extensive traveling
1:09:20 – Developing a love for photography
1:10:40 – Hiking the Torres Del Paine “W” trail in Chile
1:24:50 – Other hiking feats
1:27:00 – Travel philosophies
1:30:45 – Facing fear
1:32:40 – Why you should try eating alone
1:34:40 – Pros/Cons of not speaking much Spanish
1:36:45 – The value of traveling
1:38:15 – Aqeel’s new chapter