Traveling Ted is a blog that takes readers along on my adventures hiking, canoeing, skiing, and international backpacking. Many blogs focus on one aspect of backpacking, but I tackle both the outdoor adventure side and international exploration as well.

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Adventure travel is a great way to escape your other life.  There is a scene in the movie Avatar when Jake Sully soliloquizes about his current situation.  He opines that the life he lives in his avatar body seems like the real life and his real life seems like the fake one.

Sunset on the Wisconsin River

With the increasing dependence on the internet many people can empathize with this statement.  There are multiple e-channels to occupy ourselves with including twitter, facebook, fantasy sports, writing or reading blogs, and internet forums to name just a few.  In fact, there is even a site called second life where people can get an avatar and interact with other people in their avatars.

There is nothing wrong with these e-escapes as everyone needs a hobby, but when it gets to the point that the internet is more satisfying and more real than real life then it is time to escape and take a break.  Adventure travel is the perfect outlet for this type of frustration.  Take a hike in a local park, canoe a local river, take a vacation to Thailand, or go visit a national park.

Bridge over troubled water in the Great Smoky Mountains

Winter is the peak time for internet use.  Cabin fever should be replaced with avatar or internet fever.  In the winter think about going downhill or cross-country skiing.  I have several recommendations on where to go and how to start in my Examiner page.

Cross-country skiing in South Kettle Moraine State Forest in Wisconsin

It is refreshing to break the internet habits for a day or even a week.  It is also makes the return more interesting.  Day after day of internet use gets dull, but after a hiatus it is exciting to be back and inform friends through facebook or twitter about the adventures experienced.

Stay tuned,


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