12 obstacles that hold you back from creating your dream adventure!

When I identify my own obstacles on my journey towards new adventures these are some of the things that are coming up. To move forward its important to understand what is holding you back. I have been struggling with all of the obstacels mentioned at some degree. If you keep attention on these obstacles trough out your life I can promise you that you will be out on your dream adventure project much faster.


Obstacle 1:

Money, financial intelligence, and expensive lifestyle. Generating the economic situation needed to go on your dream adventure.


Best advice to someone similar to me that have a monthly salary is: Dont waste it all! Some of it needs to be saved for your future adventures. Pretend you earn less and have less to spend each month, then you will create the opportunity to put money away towards your project. Dont buy stuff you dont need and work extra hours to help your adventure budget.


Obstacle 2:

Dwelling on bad situations that can happen when you are on the road and being afraid to except the risks of adventures.


You need to be aware of the risks as good as possible but dont let that stop you from trying, or you will regret that when you are old and without the energy to create the adventure you once had in your mind. And getting in trouble is great mental practice. If you get in trouble you need to see it as great practice because the lessons learned will serve you for the rest of your life. I know this very well from experience. I have been exposed to robbery twice, theft twice, spending time in a holding cell in Mexico. But with the right mental attitude unforeseen situations are just obstacles that needs to be dealt with.

Obstacle 3:

Surrounded by people that dont inspire you to take action and distract you from putting in the work to make your adventure happen.


This is maybe the most primary reason that your adventure does still only exist in your mind. Stop listening to people that dont know anything about outdoor adventures. The probability that you are surrounded with people that know what they are talking about when it comes to outdoor projects and human powered travel is just very low. There is two reasons for this. Reason one being our collective knowledge for what is possible to do outdoors on our own is very low on average is society. The second reason is that if you would have been surrounded by people who were taking action on their dreams, you would probably be out now doing what you were meant to do. So choose a new environment for your passion to get the right support from your new social circle. Tip: join communities online.

We all start somewere, this is the starting point of my first bicycletour back in 2001. We made it about 300km down to my friends summer house in Skåne, south of Sweden. Im in far right in the picture getting some last minute advice from mom 😉


Obstacle 4:

Sugar, tobacco, alcohol, drugs, gaming, gambling, partying, over eating, social gratification, materialistic gratification… When your addictions gets off balance and take away chunks of your time and contribute to lower quality of your well being that leads to lower motivation, happiness and focus on what you really need to do with your time to achieve your goals.


Higher awareness. Identify habits. Identify whats holding you back that affect your state of mind negatively that can be exchanged for a more healthy state of mind that will give you the window of clear thinking and making it easier to plan or stay on track with your dreams. This one is tricky and very personal but all off us have things that hold us back. And all of us have the potential to make changes and adjustments in our lifestyles to direct the mind into healthier habits.


Obstacle 5:

Loss of time and digital entertainment distraction from moving towards your goals.


Make sure to create an environment online were your attention is exposed to learning and expanding on your interests. Focus on creating the best daily feed for you and learn how to sort out the information that is distraction or only pure entertainment. Everyone wants your attention so treat your attention as a currency invested mostly into your development and inspiration.

Obstacle 6:

There is a really high probability that nobody in your daily surroundings wants to support your quest for a next level life experience.


Dont mind your employer or workmates, following your dreams requires you to be the strongest force behind your actions. Treat people with respect, but recognize that you might have to switch environment and social circle to expand and grow. Learn to say no. So quitting your job is an option. If you know how to create value for your company and building a good relationship with your employers you might figure out a way to be a part time employed so you can go on your adventures in between work periods. Thats how I am living life right now, working until june this year and then I am off again on a new outdoor high altitude project.

Göran Kropp in Turkey 1995. On his way cycling from Sweden to Nepal and then climbing Everest without supplementary oxygen. Probably the most famous modern adventure made by a Swedish person to this day. Photo shared from Renatas Chlumskas homepage here.


Obstacle 7:

Comfortable in the comfortzone, trapped in the comfort society and afraid of discomfort.

You will never get the feeling of exploring new horizons if you stay on land all the time. Satisfaction is maybe holding you back, living only off the comfort provided by society will long term make your mind weak and vulnerable to changes and your body will age faster as it requires physical stress to build up the anti inflammatory systems.


Exposing yourself to controlled discomfort as in sports, outdoor activity’s and other experiences that makes your mind and body to function on a higher level will benefit your overall well being and contribute to the personal development needed for you to create your adventures.

Obstacle 8:

Material possessions. Focusing your time, energy and cash to consume and collect stuff that wont contribute to you taking any step closer to the starting line of your project.


For the same money you buy a second hand car you could travel around the world on a bicycle. You need to start comparing materialistic investment to the values of experiences, to make the shift. How to become a minimalist and readjust your belief system for what you really need? Try a bicycletour and live life for a couple of weeks with only the materialistic possessions you can carry on the bicycle, this will help you get the insight that you can be totally happy, free and healthy with only the stuff you can carry and transport yourself. Everything else is a great luxury.

Obstacle 9:

Relationships you have that hold you back.


Dont blame yourself for how others might react to your adventure plans. The people that supports you are the ones that you need to spend more time with. But dont underestimate to have some of your greatest disbelievers close to you, it can be a great practice in sharing your values and lifestyle ideas. If you explain that this is what makes you happy, you are off with a good start. Nobody except you knows what you need more of in your life to be happy and fulfilled.


The greatest adventures are out there for you to create.

Obstacle 10:

Fear of what others might Think and emotions connected to fear in general.


This is something that keeps you from exploring your true potential. Many times this is unconscious and we cant recognize it ourselves until we build awareness around it.
Awareness can be build around your emotional systems to identify when surtain emotions are coming up then you can focus on the feeling of the emotion and not acting on it. Fear response is a very natural response that comes up for us in different situations, its when we learn to identify it and properly see the situation that were causing it we can move forward without the feeling of fear. Try rockclimbing and try to identify exactly when you feel fear and dont act on it, just identify if you actually are in real danger or is your mind freaking out and you are perfectly safe, potentially taking a controlled ropefall. Next time in the same situation the fear will be less or go away because there were no real danger in the first place. Same approach works on many other fear related obstacles.

Obstacle 11:

Negative thinking and “I can’t” mentality.


Its important to understand that you can become capable of great things when you observe your thought processes. Stop being a prisoner to your mind and start building awareness around your negative thoughts. You should only choose thoughts that serve and help you in the right direction. Let others challenge you with their negativity but dont create it inside of yourself because it won’t help you working towards your adventures.

Obstacle 12:

Your beliefs and your doubts.


Building your confidence up by taking away all insecurities through experience you collect along the way. Dedication and continuity are the two most important things to consider to create what you are dreaming of doing. For example I find it quite easy to save money and training for my adventures as exploring the planet is my biggest passion. How important is it for you to embark on your dream adventure? If its important enough you will pass all the obstacles in the way. Nobody knows your true potential. Dont underestimate yourself.

I am also posting adventure inspiration on Instagram have a look at my account here:


Swedish adventurer of the year award 2016

There were many potential winners this year but only one man and women gets to receive the award each year. Being part of the nominated is in it self a great feeling. To be part of this group of people that pushes Swedish adventure forward, with creative outdoor projects that inspires others to do more.

The winners this year were Johanna Davidsson and Robin Trygg.

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Photo of the winners and some of the jury members by Mats Andren 

Johanna skied to the South Pole and used a kite and skies to get back to the coastline again. Visit her homepage here.

Robin Trygg won because of his second Everest summit, this time from the Tibet side of the mountain. View his homepage here.

I wanted to win and was thinking that with my creative Central America project and also becoming the first Scandinavian person to complete America’s top 10 summits I would potentially look forward towards receiving my second Adventurer of the year award. But the jury voted for Robin Trygg. There were many that would in my eyes be worthy winners of the award this year. Its also really interesting to see the diversity and creativity in Swedish outdoor adventure and I am looking forward to try and win this award some other time again.

It was also great to participate and meet some of the other nominated adventurers.

Some of the outdoor people I got to meet last weekend: Marcus Aspsjö, Jonathan Ljungqvist, Mats Andren, Sören Källqvist, Gabriella EkströmMikael Nyman and Daniel Roxvret.

I also got to meet Magnus from Husky podcast that have pods with many of the nominees. We recorded a podcast together last summer and you can listen to it in Swedish here.

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Me and Mats Andren that also was nominated this years award, he walked all the way to Sydney from Sweden, quite an adventure, visit his homepage here.


I want to thank everyone that took their time to vote on me. I appreciate everyone of you. Also I want to highlight the effort of my employer PostNord did to help me win this year, it means alot. My belief is that I will win again in the future because I have decided that in the years to come I will push myself to new levels and as a result of that, the swedish adventure scene will also develop, grow and get more attention.

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This picture hangs in the adventurer of the year stand, reminding me of the time I won the award for cycling along the Andes and climbing some of the highest peaks along the way and carrying all climbing gear on my bike. That was a dream adventure of mine that I did solo and unsupported as most of my projects.


Believe in your own adventures and start creating the experiences you want in your life!

Inspiring high altitude landscape Instagram accounts!

Tunnel vision is a good thing, if it brings you closer to your adventure. If you start customizing your social media feeds to inspire you everyday to what you want to do and who you want to become the faster you will reach the starting line for your adventure. Because finding ways to keep your mind focused and on track towards your goals everyday is a great way to accelerate your journey and development curve.

These accounts will give you a hint of  what the most spectacular locations on the planet have to offer visually. Enjoy these instagram account that cover BIG mountain photography and high altitude sports.


Andes handbook

Khumbu Tribe

Hiking the globe

Mount Everest official

Great Himalaya trails

Jeff Smith

The land of snows

Nepal eight wonder

Satori expeditions

Himalayan geographic

Mountainclimb Grace

Did I miss your favorit instagram mountain account? Please send me a link and I will add it later 🙂

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Top 10 benefits of going on a human powered outdoor travel adventure

May it be bicycletouring, trailrunning, hiking, climbing, skiing or other outdoor activity. There are great benefits to travel outdoors and this list will give you some direct understanding to why.


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Puna de Atacama Argentina the peak visible is Veladero (6436m) Once you leave the paved roads and with that the last connection to civilization the adventure feeling is undeniable.



1. Your body and mind were not designed through evolution to sit still indoors. When you start to activate your body with motion in a natural environment your systems will thank you with all kinds of benefits from feelings of joy to increased immune system functionality.


2. Your tolerance for other people will grow. Your patience for experiences in general will expand. Patience and accepting what is at any moment, is another great quality that will be forced to development out of exposing yourself to the less comfortable elements of outdoor adventures like weather management or pushing through a long day.

3. Experiencing the kindness and being able to connect to strangers through the way you travel. There is a big difference arriving in a jeep or a bicycle to a remote village somewhere on the planet. People react depending on your means of transportation. People will recognize your fearless attitude, travelling exposed to the world and just might want to help you out, with food, water or accommodation.

4. Escaping the ordinary. Everyday will be a new day with new experiences and new people. You will not know where you will be sleeping next and that will be a great feeling of freedom.



Enjoy the greatest artistic work on the planet! Photo taken in Cordillera Blanca range, Peru


5. You will experience the greatest artist of them all, nature. It can be very fulfilling exploring new places in nature that are visually rewarding. Bring a camera and capture the greatest moments, colors, summits, mountains, waterfalls and sunsets.

6. You will have time to catch up with your favorite podcast or book. If the landscape is not enough to entertain you there is a full internet universe to dig into and expand on your interests, download and enjoy beyond the borders of civilization.


7. Human powered adventures directly translates to putting in the work that will generate  greater rewards later on. It can be a meal, a camp spot or a destination. Your fitness and body function will also rise and adapt to the activity that you are doing.

8. Confidence that is created with a completed adventure project will boost you into new spaces in your mind and ideas for greater adventures in the future. It will make you dream bigger.


9. Going solo will make it easier for you to meet new people from around the world and you can find out who you are outside of your group of friends or coworkers. It will also help you to develop your relationship with yourself. You will appreciate relationships and friendships more once you have been without them for a while.


10. Creating memories for a lifetime is something of true value that cant be taken away from you. Going through an adventure with friends will create a special bond that will last for a lifetime and can bring a lot of value through the years when you see each other again and bring up that time you climbed a mountain or cycled across the planet.



Completing Tanglangla pass (5328m) highest road pass I have done with a fully loaded bicycle. North India.


My top 10 advice to consider while you plan your adventure read here.

Help me win the male adventurer of the year award in Sweden for 2016, the winner will be decided in mars 2017. Give me a vote far down in this link and choose a female contender  as well to make the vote count: http://www.aretsaventyrare.se/nominerade.html

My Instagram account where I post photos, stories and inspiration from my earlier adventures and mystories from my ongoing training towards upcoming adventures in 2017.




Top 10 most inspiring extreme travel instagram accounts

If you are interested in adventure travel, exploring beyond civilization and outdoor challenges then these accounts will give you value. Im following 1122 Instagram accounts and want to share with you some of my hand picked favorites and most inspiring accounts that I have come across on the Instagram platform.

My guidelines this time have been:

  • Mental and physical challenges in nature
  • Value created in text
  • Visual value

No specific order ranking of the accounts. Enjoy!

First out is Fredrika Ek that right now is on a circumnavigation of the planet on her bicycle. She is sharing the bicycletouring experience with a positive mindset on the adventure cycling life.



Mike Horn have been in the adventure game for a long time. He has done a lot of impressive and truly challenging adventures. His latest adventure is Pole2pole and he has just completed the first part. More about that impressive journey in his Instagram feed below.



Chris Burkard is maybe not the most extreme adventurer but he knows how to capture beautiful moment beyond civilization just check out his surfing shots from the remote and cold locations across the planet.  High visual value here!



I meet Jesse Dixon last year while resting in Salta, Argentina after climbing volcano Llullaillaco (6741m). He was cycling then, and is still on the road in Colombia right now exploring with his bicycle. Great insights to the bicycletouring life.



Eskil Digernes is an norwegian photographer that have a great collection of outdoor photos. The visual value is very high indeed.



This is my friend Lars Bengssons account. He has been cycling on and off since 2004 and shares his best captures and stories from those years. Inspirational stuff as usual.



Nate Heald is an accomplished high altitude alpinist from the United States. He spends a lot of his time exploring new routes and unclimbed mountains in Peru. He is also the only one guiding on many of the technical peaks around Cuzco area in Peru.



Jenny Tough is a world traveller and adventurer she has cycled, ran, hiked, sailed, trekked, kayaked, skied, surfed, and camped across six continents. Great adventure inspiration from across the planet.



Kilian Jornet is an inspiration because of his love for the mountains that made him the greatest skyrunner on the planet. During 2017 he will try to set a new speed record on Everest.



Dave Watson shares inspiring high altitude mountaineering and skiing photography, check it out.



If you have an Instagram account that you think should be in here also put up a link in comments and I will update the blogpost with bonus Instagram accounts that belongs in this post!

Bonus accounts:

Jimmy Chin is a climber, skier and photographer, another great Instagram adventure account. Thanks for the tip Joubert De bruyn and enjoy crossing all seven continents!



Hope you have enjoyed this blogpost!


Help me win the male adventurer of the year award in Sweden for 2016, the winner will be decided in mars 2017. Give me a vote far down in this link and choose a female contender  as well to make the vote count: http://www.aretsaventyrare.se/nominerade.html

My Instagram account where I post photos, stories and inspiration from my earlier adventures and mystories from my ongoing training towards upcoming adventures in 2017.