Packs heavily laden with harnesses, ropes, and emergency survival kit, we ascend the canyon without even breaking a sweat. I pause on a mountainous peak as the sun reflects on a silvery sea below, triumphant, a “freeze-frame” from an extreme-sports commercial. I’m ready for the challenge!
It was the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) that inspired this turn of events for me - because I certainly hadn’t dreamed of this a year ago. The VOR is an around the world epic. One of the most prestigious events on the sailing calendar and one of the toughest sporting events in the world.
For those who don’t follow sailing, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has become an icon of Australia's summer sport, ranking in public interest with such national events as the Melbourne Cup, the Australian Open tennis and the Boxing Day cricket test.
Here lies the face-off between social media and travel. On one hand, we continue to fall in love with remote travel destinations the same as we always did, except now we share these experiences on social media next to a handful of heart-shaped emojis…