Maybe you'd love to live abroad, write a memoir, or bike across the country—or maybe you're still getting in touch with your inner thrill-seeker. Here, some advice to help you expand your horizons if you fantasize about...
Living an Expat Life
Small Step: Rent a flat in London. Visit Net-Lettings.co.uk to browse rental listings.
Giant Leap: Relocate to Cairo. It's welcoming to nonnatives and boasts stunning architecture, an opera house, and an international film festival. For emergencies, take along Cairo: The Practical Guide, by Claire E. Francy.
Competing in a Triathlon
Small Step: Try a short-distance event—some require just ten minutes of swimming, 30 minutes of biking, and 20 minutes of running. TriFind.com lists local races.
Giant Leap: Tackle an Ironman (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2-mile run) and compete for a qualifying slot in the World Championship (Ironman.com).
Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Small Step: Go on a daylong trek; the Mid-Atlantic and Virginias segments are the least strenuous.
Giant Leap: Take on the thru-hike (all 2,178 miles) from Georgia to Maine—giving yourself at least six months to make the journey. Find a description of each leg of the hike at AppalachianTrail.org.
Owning a Business
Small Step: Open a franchise. Find a company you like—whether Baja Fresh or Gymboree—and visit its website to learn criteria and find applications.
Giant Leap: Create your own business model. Get info on loans from the Small Business Administration Web site (SBA.gov).
Writing Your Story
Small Step: Start a blog—go to Wordpress.com and you'll have your page up pronto.
Giant Leap: Write a memoir. New York City's Gotham Writers' Workshop offers online classes on personal history writing for $395 (WritingClasses.com); Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones can also help you get started.
Travel cross-country, go on a safari and more
Joining an Archaeological Dig
Small Step: Go on a guided tour of sites across the Southwest to explore artifacts among ancient cliff dwellings and historic trading posts (CrowCanyon.org).
Giant Leap: Excavate a Roman necropolis—or dive for shipwrecks!—in Menorca, Spain (EcoMuseoDeCavalleria.com).
Small Step: RoadTripUSA.com details four coast-to-coast car routes, like the Oregon Trail and the Loneliest Road.
Giant Leap: Make the trip by bike using the TransAmerica trail. Find advice on what to pack and how to get in shape, and buy maps of the route—from Astoria, Oregon, to Yorktown, Virginia—at AdventureCycling.org.
Being a Great Hostess
Small Step: Throw a cheese-tasting event—you'll feed your friends and test-drive fancy fromage without turning on the stove. Be sure to pick up The Cheese Tasting Party Kit.
Giant Leap: Host a dinner of endive-pear salad and chicken piccata with help from the Barefoot Contessa: Watch clips of Ina Garten making these recipes on FoodNetwork.com.
Going on Safari
Small Step: Spot brown bears at Katmai National Park & Preserve in Alaska, plus marine life, volcanoes, and glaciers (RealAdventures.com).
Giant Leap: Take an unguided safari in Namibia in Tou Safaris' 4x4 vehicles. Stay on the route, or live dangerously and go off-road for a better view of the wildlife (Tou-Safaris.com).
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Printed from Oprah.com on Thursday, December 12, 2013
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