Ralph Waldo Emerson said:
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
This captures the essence of what Uncharted is all about.
Our audience and our staff live by this. Everything we are trying to develop and offer is intended to help everyone else do this. If we can help you get the resources, skills, and information you need to journey off the beaten path, to make your own discoveries, to connect with like-minded people who also want to go where there is no path (maybe even with you!), then we have succeeded. And if we leave a trail (or if you leave a trail) for others to expand their own horizons, then we have succeeded times two.
Too often life bogs us down with a minutia of details, routines, and mundane activities. We find ourselves doing the same things over and over. We follow the same beaten path that every other person has travelled before–seeing the same sights, taking the same pictures, eating the same meals that everyone else has.
As I’ve traveled the world, I admit that too often I consulted one of those travel guides to see what other people say are the “must see” places. Later I realized it was the moments along those journeys when I made my own unique discoveries that I treasured the most.
At Uncharted we aim to help the world journey off those beaten paths of life, whether that regards travel, sports, recreation, culture, nature, education, or even the cosmos. We’re charting a new path, and what an adventure it is!
If going where there is no path resonates with you, we want to connect with you. Sign up and we’ll keep you updated on the progress of Uncharted’s online community of explorers now in the making. As we continue developing our new website and expanding our services, we’ll also share helpful information, resources, and tools to help you journey off the beaten path and leave new trails for others to follow.
I’m so excited to meet so many of you out there and to re-connect with the explorer community. Some of you have been with us from the beginning and I am so encouraged by your support. I know there are endless discoveries to be made, and as time goes on I will have the tremendous opportunity to see what trails you leave behind for the rest of us to follow. So don’t let anyone limit you to that trodden path! Be yourself, achieve greatness, and inspire the rest of us. We just can’t wait to see what you discover!
Joe is a Co-Founder, Communications Director and resident geographer of Uncharted. He has a Master’s degree in Geography, speaks Chinese, serves as an international affairs officer in the Air Force, and has traveled to over 35 countries on 5 continents. He enjoys flying, the sport of orienteering, skiing, and traveling.