Our life’s journey and the roads we travel, and the forks we come to can often be challenging. I spent three years riding the harshest and most grueling roads on the planet—alone on a motorcycle. I faced danger, confronted fear, and often felt alone. In Bolivia I was badly injured. Often I wondered if I could continue. Filled with doubt, I felt that I had come come to the end of the road. I soon realized that the end was simply a new beginning. A simple concept, and an important reminder and message for these difficult times. And just one of the many lessons and discoveries I share from my journeys. Connect With Allan
Life changes when we least expect it and we never seem to be fully prepared. Prior to my journey I found myself caught in a crossroads. My marriage was failing and my job unfulfilling. So I resigned from the successful digital marketing agency I had founded and then battled the demons of divorce. – Allan Karl, WorldRider
connecting with people…offering and accepting friendship and sharing experiences, even in the strangest situations, is the basis of a happy and fulfilling life—and the secret to success. – Allan Karl, WorldRider
Some people might think I was crazy to set off alone on such a journey, but how else could I truly learn about the world we live in? It didn’t take long to discover I was never truly alone. Even in the most dangerous parts of the world, it was always possible to connect with people, with humanity. I was overwhelmed by the ease with which I made friends and met people who went out of their way to help me and even feed me (often gratis).
I was escorted into the jungle by gun-toting Colombian rebels, guided to safety when I got lost in the Arctic Circle, nursed back to health after I broke my leg in Bolivia, I crushed my hand in Tanzania, and was nearly blinded by a stinging bug that flew into my eye in Malawi. It didn’t matter in which country I was traveling, when I needed help it was always there.
This discovery of the goodness in people helped me to make sense of the changes in my life by realizing how important it is to trust in others as well as in oneself. And by recognizing that connecting with people and the simple gesture of offering and accepting friendship and sharing experiences, even in the strangest situations, is the basis of a happy and fulfilling life—and the secret to success.