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EOCP #3: Ryoji Yoshimura – Hosting 40+ Couchsurfers, Forming Global Relationships, and Life Changing Travel

October 29, 2017
Couchsurfing with Ryoji

“I never thought I was going to travel two or three years ago…it just came up to me…it was some sort of instinct saying ‘Let’s do it. Let’s go for it.'” – Ryoji Yoshimura Ryoji Yoshimura (@ryoji_o_yoshimura) is a veteran couchsurfing host based in Kitakyushu, Japan. Since 2015, he has hosted over 40 travelers in his home. These travelers are commonly called “couch surfers.” A couch surfer is a person who stays at a local’s place, often on their couch…

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EOCP #2: Theo Moon – Following Your Passions, Adopting a Pura Vida Mindset, and Life as a Former Extreme Introvert

October 21, 2017
Theo Moon

“We don’t have to stay the way we are. One of the most beautiful things about humanity is we can wake up everyday and choose what kind of person we are going to be.” – Theo Moon Theo Moon (@theo.moon.vs) is on a mission to create a passionate lifestyle around his love for music, travel, and writing. Dealing with expectations throughout his life to follow a typical corporate career track, he studied aeronautical engineering at Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach. Despite…

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Japanese Lunch Tasting: Raw Whale Meat [Video]

October 9, 2017

With over 230,000 known species in our oceans, we have an incredibly diverse selection of seafood to consume. We eat tuna, eel, lobster, squid, and many other types of water-based life. But one creature is less popular among the average consumer because of availability and ethics. Whale. The stallion of the sea. Whale meat is not something I’ve ever considered eating in my life. This is due mostly to where my perceptions of eating whale originated from: Whale blubber: An…

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Lee’s Three: Quotes to Inspire Travel

October 7, 2017

In this edition of Lee’s Three, I highlight three of my favorite quotes to give you some travel inspiration. As I recently departed on my 9-month journey around Asia, I figured this was a fitting time to share these quotes. Hopefully these will help inspire you to take a trip you’ve been thinking about for some time. Inspiration is a funny thing and we’re not always sure where it comes from. I understand quotes are a bit cheesy, but the…

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Japanese Snack Pack Tasting: Dried Crab, Minnow and Seaweed [Video]

October 4, 2017

  During my second full day in Tokyo I explored a popular area known as Asakusa. Asakusa is known for its famous shrines/temples (most notably Senso-ji), double-sided shopping streets, dining and entertainment. While walking around, I stopped into many random stores and slot arcades – where I found people furiously tapping buttons I didn’t understand and chain-smoking cigarettes. One of the stores I wandered into was a four-story discount store that absolutely blew me away. Enter Asakusa Don Quijote Don…

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EOCP #1: Lars Feste – Driving Across Iceland, Level 9 Northern Lights, and Saying “No”

September 24, 2017

In the first podcast episode of Edge of Comfort I talk with my long time friend, Lars Feste (@lars_feste), about his experience in Iceland. Lars and I have been friends since grade school and lived a few blocks away from each other most of our lives. We traveled together to countless summer camps, ski trips, family vacations, and even church choir tours during high school. Yes, I was in church choir… Although our younger travels were in the United States, we’ve…

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Edge of Comfort Podcast: Introduction with Lee Thornquist

September 21, 2017
Edge of Comfort Podcast

Welcome to the Edge of Comfort Podcast (EOCP)! Get a look into the adventures, perspectives, and discoveries of world travelers. Explore questions and lessons from life on the road to help you navigate your own path. I believe in exploring the world through different perspectives. Challenging what we think we know about life. Pushing boundaries. For the next nine months and beyond, I plan to explore these beliefs in-depth while traveling through Asia, Australia, Hawaii, and New Zealand. Throughout this…

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Fishing in Canada: The World’s Best Fishing Trip

May 23, 2017

During the summer of 2013, I was fortunate enough to spend five days on Rowdy Lake in Ontario, Canada fishing all day. When I say all day, I literally mean every minute of the day other than eating and sleeping. I understand five intense days of fishing sounds draining, but we were determined to take advantage of every minute available. We were the only people on the lake and I caught more fish in five days than I’ve caught in all other years of my life…

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Lee’s Three: Dream Destinations

May 17, 2017

L3: Dream Destinations In this edition of Lee’s Three, I highlight a few dream destinations I’ve been dying to visit! While I want to see places across the world, some destinations are more pressing than others. Keeping a running list of our dream destinations is always an exciting aspect of travel. This becomes especially true when we turn our dreams into reality. If you need some inspiration to come up with your own travel ideas, check out Part I of my Travel Steps series.…

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Travel Steps: Part II

May 16, 2017
Steps to Sea

Destination Decisions After brainstorming potential destinations to visit using categories from Part I, it’s time for our next step: making destination decisions! Of all the incredible places in the world to see, how do you decide on a place for your next trip? Whether your list includes five or 196 countries, you will have to start somewhere. Sometimes the more options we have, the more difficult it is to actually choose. In Part II, we will learn five useful categories to help us…

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