What’s on your bucket list?

The spirit of adventure is what drives me each day to learn, discover, explore! I am thrilled to feature some amazing adventures and stories this month.

From zip lining for the first time over a decade ago in Costa Rica, backroads adventures in the mountains of Spain, wine tasting and eating our way through Italy to hiking the Grand Canyon, I’ve been blessed to have had many adventures in this life. Taking to the skies and learning to fly is one adventure I’ve started and look forward to completing in the future.

As a child, I used to love maps. Of everything from local hiking trails to local topographical maps with hidden secrets and places waiting to be explored. As I grew older, I realized how, both, big and small our world is. Make the most of each day and what adventure awaits you – which road will you choose? What’s on your bucket list?

Many of us are lucky to have traveled to different parts of the world, but what we have here in Del Mar and often a drive away is something special that is worth exploring. When I feel the itch for adventure, I like to explore the hiking trails at Torrey Pines; while there, I cannot help but notice the action at the gliderport, one of my son’s favorite destinations. Maybe I should put paragliding on my bucket list?

In keeping with the spirit of adventure, I challenge you to get out of your comfort zone and do something adventurous – this could mean going to a different restaurant for some, or signing up to run your first 5k or beginning to hike. However, if you fancy yourself an explorer, maybe this is kayaking through Olympic National Park, mountaineering through Mt. Shasta, rock climbing El Capitan or rafting down the Colorado – Definitely book that trip and start training because there really is no better time than the present to cross those adventures off your bucket list.

Have you been on some amazing adventures? We would love to hear about it! Post pictures of your bucket list travel on our Facebook page, on Twitter at @delmarlifestyle or tag us on Instagram.

Meanwhile, see you around town!

Dan Austin, Publisher

ON THE COVER: Read all about the adventurer who inspires, Robyn Benincasa, and her Project Athena Foundation which helps survivors live an adventurous dream as part of their recovery on page xx. Photography John Waller with Uncage the Soul Productions.