If given the chance, what adventure would you embark on despite your fear?

I’ve invited bloggers to tell me about their fearful adventures. It could be something epic, like circling the globe on a rusty unicycle, or something creative, like starting work on a novel. There are only two conditions: 1. It inspires you, 2. It scares you. Follow the various adventures on Twitter with the hashtag: #myfearfuladventure.

Here are the submissions so far…

My most fearful adventure is a reality check

“If I were to go on a truly fearful adventure, it would be somewhere I would be forced to face the reality of how many less fortunate people live in the world. No sipping a copa de vino tinto on a sidewalk in Spain. Just me versus reality. To acknowledge is to act.” Read the post – By Domestiphobia

Our biggest physical challenge to date

“In October we’ll be walking 509 km (300 miles) along the coast of Turkey from Fethiye to Antalya. I’m an adventurer trapped inside the body of a middle-aged woman, and this year I’m breaking free.” Read the post – By Married with Luggage 

I'm Breaking Free – FearfulAdventurer.com

Quitting it all to move to Costa Rica

“When I got back from my trip, I called my mom and told her that I was quitting my job and moving to Costa Rica to work for a surfer. She laughed. I told her that I was serious.” Read the postBy Samba to the Sea

Costa Rica Was Calling – FearfulAdventurer.com

This is my declaration to fly

“I always try to picture myself up there, in the plane, looking out onto the sky, and just jumping. Going into it like a bird. Flying free. I have this feeling that if I want to fully embrace the freedom that I so crave, I absolutely must do this. I must be okay with soaring, and then plummeting from the sky.” Read the post – By Fel’s Got Swag. 

Flying Free – FearfulAdventurer.com

Leaping into a canyon

“As I peeked over the edge of the rock I was meant to launch myself off of, the soles of my feet and palms of my hands tingled, signifying a familiar and overwhelming terror reserved solely for those moments when I’m either about to deliver a speech or drop from an unfathomable height.” Read the post – By Turf to Surf

Jump – FearfulAdventurer.com

 From Athens to Hong Kong on a container ship

“Now it’s all booked and paid for, I am starting to feel just ever so nervous, maybe even fearful … I can’t keep thinking “What if I get kidnapped by a pirate?”” Read the postBy Leaving Cairo  

All Aboard – FearfulAdventurer.com

I may have to land the plane

“It’s hard being the wife of an adventurer and I’m so afraid that I won’t be able to keep up with the man I married. He’s already talking about a round-the-world trip with the plane at some point in his life and I’m not sure if my bladder will be able to take such a long journey.” Read the postBy Chicks Travel Flicks

Flying High – FearfulAdventurer.com

Speaking in front of a crowd

“So, I’m going. I’m going to get on an airplane and fly all the way across the country. I will face my fear, and I will come home to a full-schedule of speaking engagements throughout the Fall that I’ve already set up – you know… just to make sure I don’t back out.” Read the postBy The Vagabond Studio

Public Speaking – FearfulAdventurer.com

Moving for love

“The thought that I’m actually moving 10,000 miles for the sake of love scares me shitless. I mean, isn’t that a lot of hoop jumping for a man? But then I thought about the thought of not taking a chance. And that was the scariest thought of all. The idea of regretting something that I didn’t do.” Read the post – By Nancy Da Costa

Moving for Love – FearfulAdventurer.com

A life of ridiculous adventure

“I had no idea where I was going and everything looked the same. I felt exposed. Alien. As a 19 year old kid with nothing but a backpack, a few thousand bucks, and a long history of severe social anxiety, I was paralyzed.” Read the post – By Republic of Freedom

Sick of Living Small – FearfulAdventurer.com

 The boy who was scared of everything

“I made a clear conscious decision, I needed to lose the fear. I was sick of the complete and utter boredom I faced on a daily basis in my soul destroying job. Suddenly I realised there are so many opportunities out there and the only scary thing was ignoring them. Life on this planet is extremely short and it’s down to us as individuals to make the most of every second.” Read the post – By Hungry Escapades

Losing the Fear – FearfulAdventurer.com


“It gradually occurred to me, that I didn’t have enough time. There was so much knowledge out there left unlearned, so many places gone unexplored… and I had already wasted ten years of my life.” Read the post – By Jane Oh

Time – FearfulAdventurer.com

Do you have a fearful adventure? I want to hear about it. Find out how to submit for a chance to win a round-trip ticket worth up to $1,000!

Full List of Submissions

Mediocrity by Antijenic Drift

The Potent Blend of Inspiration and Fear by Colleen Conger

My Biggest Fears by Kathleen Fordyce

My Underwater Fearful Adventure by The Journey Itself

A Death-Defying Dive into Life by Laura Watts

Conquering Denmark by My Madeleines

Learning To Bluff by Franny’s Footsteps

Fearful Adventures in Becoming Unlost by The Unlost

My Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Biggest, Baddest Fear by Libby Segal

This is Not Your Typical Adventure Story by Elizabeth Halt

Leaving the Cage to Fly by Sarah Hansen

How to Kick Fear in the Gonads by Gigi Griffis

A Series of Adventures by Shana Mattheis

Standing Clear Of The Closing Doors by The Fab Life Project

Walking a Fine Line Between Fear & Intuition by Wander to Connect

What Would You Do if You Weren’t Afraid? by Lisa Overman

The Middle-Aged Adventurer by Married with Luggage

Face Your Fears or Face a Life Less Lived by Travel Without Pants

There Is Nothing More Badass Than Being Who You Are by Sally Hope

If My Most Fearful Adventure Is A Reality Check… by Domestiphobia

Fear by Samba of the Sea

How I Karate-Chopped Fear by Republic of Freedom

I’m Afraid I May Have to Land The Plane by chickstravelflicks

This Is My Declaration of Freedom by Fels Got Swag

Sometimes You Fall in Love, Even When There’s a Chance of Drowning by Srinivas Rao

Overcoming fear at Laguna Dudú by Turf to Surf

My Fearful Adventure by Leaving Cairo

Relinquishing My Inner Chicken-Shit by Vagabond Studio

The Final Frontier of Fear by Sarah Somewhere

Why I’m Moving 10,000 Miles for Love by Nancy Da Costa

The Boy Who Was Scared of Everything! by Hungry Escapades

My Biggest Fear by Limitless 365

My Honest to God Fear by Wandering Sasquatch

Driven by Jane

The Shadow of my Fear by 20 Years Hence

Love, Fear and Literature by Wander Lusters

I’m Leaving Student Affairs by Joyful Shimmy

Paradise and the Places that Scare You by Age of Plenty

Fear Factor: Beauty Pageant Edition by My Adventures and Cake

Travelling Back and Leaping Forward by Jan String

My Fearful Adventure: You’re Looking At It by Resituate

Throwing Off the Dock Lines by Tina Montgomery

Dentally Yours: An Adventure in Chinese Medical Misadventure by Lost n China

Scared Shitless by Quiet Discipline

Anxiety’s Grip by Durflowe’s in Bali

Fear of Two Wheels by Mid Life Cruising

Ms. Almost… Ms. Maybe….Ms. Halfway by Tammy Swart

Confronting the Past: A Story of Two Families by Fly Icarus Fly

Skye is Still a Big Scaredy Cat by Sky Vs World

When I Grow Up I Want to be Me by Clare Herbert

Fear of Vulnerability by Darcy Unrooted

My Greatest Fear is Being Different by The Savoury Soul

Confessions of a Thirty Something Wanderer by Helen In Wonderlust

That One Time I… Moved to Texas by Offbeat Ramblings

It’s All Very Clear to me Now by A Girl, A Dog, And A Blog

I’m Afraid to Take My Own Advice by We Are Adventure

If I Were Rich and Fearless by Linsi Brownson

Getting Off the Hampster Wheel by Sarah Steenland

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance, Angst-Ridden Relationship by No More Fat Guy

My Bags are Packed, I’m Ready to Go by thejaclynofalltrades

Time to Kill the Fearful Self Doubt by María Ortega

Fears and a Mother’s Dream by The Next Big Adventure

Heartbreak and Travel by Lowly Peasant Errand Girl

The 50 Year Old Vagina, And Other Baby Fears by A Brave Life

Say Cheese, Ya Know, If You Want To by Zach Aboard

Home is more than where you keep your stuff by Tatiana Louise

My Fearful Adventure: Writing by Socks in the Disco

Adventures and Misadventures by Janet Brent

My Fearful Adventure by Providence Smiles

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21 Response Comments

  • Sarah Somewhere  May 22, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I’m loving this series Torre! The theme of overcoming fear is universal and yet our individual fears are completely different. I can’t wait to read them all!

  • Kathleen  May 23, 2013 at 1:33 am

    I love this series and contest. Can’t wait to submit my own real soon!

  • Kim  May 28, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Oh, I missed this announcement while I was in the mountains. Torre, I’m inspired by this topic of fear. If I can find some time I’m going to try to participate.

  • Turf to Surf  June 3, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    HI Torre! Thanks so much for posting the link to my story… unfortunately, I broke my site and then broke a bunch of links by accident. I don’t know how to redirect, but here is the current and correct link to my “fearful adventure”: http://turftosurf.com/overcoming-fear-at-laguna-dudu-cabrera-dominican-republic/

    This contest was a great idea… brought out some great stories!


  • Helen  June 8, 2013 at 9:06 am

    What a great idea! I’ve just written mine!

    Thanks for the opportunity Torre!

  • Jessie  June 10, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Brilliant series. ‘To acknowledge is to act’ – loved this.
    I can’t wait to read the rest =)

  • Usiere  June 23, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Very inspirational. The best way to overcome our fears is to face it. As we draw closer, it begins to lose its power. Most fears are not real

  • Sahith  June 24, 2013 at 1:01 am

    I just found your blog and I spent almost 2 hours on your blog..Very interesting…:)

  • Cassandra 360 in 80 Days  June 24, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I just found this site and I love it!

  • TammyOnTheMove  June 27, 2013 at 8:28 am

    I love reading all of those stories. So inspiring! It is amazing to read what humans are capable of if they want to follow their dreams.

  • Kim Kircher  June 27, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks for these great stories. Fearlessness is a myth. Every adventurer has to embrace her fear. It’s a tool that tells us to pay attention. But fear doesn’t have to rule our lives or strangle our dreams. Embracing fear and walking past it is truly courageous. Thank you for providing this footpath as guidance.

  • Simone Anne  July 1, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    I love these all so much. When are you announcing the winner?? 🙂

  • Danny Delnison  July 5, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Look like the library! Will take more time to read all. But that’s worth.
    Thanks for sharing

  • Teo  July 13, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Eye Opening!

  • Vik@melbourne tours  August 13, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Great post. I’ve had fearful adventures. But the most fearful one was when our speed boat ran out of fuel in the middle of the ocean at about 8pm. Your blog is interesting.

  • David  November 25, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Can’t say I have read each and every submission, but of the ones I did read including My Fearful Adventure by Providence Smiles, it does hit on some nerves about common fears that everyone just fear including being ridiculed, judged, criticized – Especially in some 3rd world countries this would be more common than not.

  • Santosh Jagtap  November 24, 2018 at 8:59 am

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