How did the adventure bag movement begin?
I had been hiking, exploring and adventuring all over the world. I was traveling in developed countries like Australia and America but I also spent a lot of time in developing countries in Southeast Asia and Central America. One thing I noticed no matter where I was is that there was always trash on the trails. Of course, some locations were worse than others but the trash was a constant. It was something I disliked and thought was careless but I never acted upon it. I was too busy adventuring, taking photographs and enjoying the natural environment.
After a week of exploring trails in Santa Fe, Panama by myself I had a lot of time to think. I was thinking about my character and what I stood for. I decided that I needed to lift my game. I wasn’t littering or using excessive plastic but I wasn’t helping the problem. I wasn’t being productive in saving our environment. I was inspired by many different people around me and decided that from that day onwards I would collect an Adventure Bag on every hike or adventure I went on.
I decided to share the idea with my Instagram audience. Collecting a bag of trash isn’t a new idea, I didn’t invent it. All I wanted to do was to tip people over the edge. Most adventurers are good people, they enjoy nature and they understand we must protect it. But we are all busy and often brush aside any potential action. The Adventure Bag movement aims to inspire these very adventurers to join the movement and start collecting their very own Adventure Bags.