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Thomas Herdieckerhoff : the German adventurer

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This 25-years-old man living in Munich plays keyboard and camera with the same talent. Mountain lover, he has already explored hidden corners by thirty countries on five continents to share the images and the story of his adventures.     Tell the real journey     To discover Thomas's escapades, follow the track of the german adventurer. Entitled "Real adventure travel blog", his site is not only a way to publish photos. It aims at telling and sharing the excitement, the experience of the real adventure, by showing the beauty and the uniqueness of every visited territory. Thomas wants the authenticity of his stories to challenge the readers.     He also insists on the use of this word. "It seems ridiculous to me to call adventure a short trip to taste the new “horchata latte” in coffee places in Mexico City or go on a shopping tour in Dubai…. The word adventure can be reserved for experiences that involve leaving your comfort zone, going to wild, unknown places”. A little salutary check on the meaning of real adventure travel! You rarely find Thomas at one of the most famous Instagram hotspots. It is hard for him to understand the pleasure one can have to visit and photograph these crowded places. Sometimes he crosses these touristic spots but he is constantly searching for unknown landscapes, unique viewpoints off the beaten track.     His images and stories all have one goal: encourage people to live the same adventures, while sharing tips and tricks about unique destinations. With his content, he tells stories that have not been told before and hope to motivate people to go where not many have gone.   Adventure version 3.0   The adventure, Thomas chooses to live it and likes sharing it as he did it recently in Santa Cruz's trek in Peru which he did with his brother and sister. You are not dealing with a lonesome adventurer defying alone all the stumbling blocks of his journeys as in the classic adventure novels. No! Graduate of a Master's degree in business, Thomas is a young man anchored in his time, at the same time curious, opened to the world, pragmatic and sincere. On his blog, you will find an invitation to work together, a frank and assumed call as we rarely see on this kind of sites. “Using my skills as a photographer and adventurer, I am looking forward to creating visually engaging and interesting content for both editorial and commercial purposes”.       His analysis of product placements, sponsoring and advertisements from bloggers and Instagramers provide valuable insights and is absolutely frank: « Influencer marketing, product placements, content marketing and branding through storytelling are rapidly growing markets. Such rapid developments always carry the danger to in a wrong direction. That is why influencers should try to close sensible, appropriate partnerships and make them apparent. I only work with companies whose products or services I know and support and that fit into my niche. For paid content, I select endorsements that are interesting to my target audience and I try to make it visually appealing and non-intrusive. This way I think we can create high quality content value to people and doesn’t bother them too much ».     Desires and projects   Thomas has been on assignment for numerous tourism boards, brands and guiding agencies and tells it has been a great experience. He will very soon go to climb the Aconcagua in Argentina, a project leaded by Grajales Expeditions (www.grajales.net); He will document the whole mountain project on his blog and Instagram. He promises great images and hopes to go on creating engaging content for those who are passionate about outdoors.   To Follow Thomas' Projects: His website And Instagram    
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Dave Cornthwaite: Say YES to life and adventure

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During twelve years, Dave lived in movement, constantly on the way out. "Self-propelled" adventurer, he thinks that comfort kills ambition and that there is always a way to reach its dreams; if we have the will and most of all, no fear to give and receive.   Beautiful things happen when you say yes 111 visited countries, 52 nights in hammock average a year, ten world records and long breakaways in skateboard, bike, paddleboard, raft, canoe or other motor-less vehicle; Some documentaries and also three books.     Sometimes, Dave travelled the same road as he did years before but he insists: “I’ve never felt like I’m repeating myself… Moving in a different way, with new transport, transforms an experience and a way of seeing the surface around us. It’s not the adventure itself that I feel the need for, it’s the daily movement, a long-off focus, a reminder to discover the kindness of strangers.”   During these journeys, Dave lived the things that happen when you say yes. Sometimes, he was refused hospitality but his thought remains positive: “It feels good to help others. It feels good to smile. Approach anyone, however angry, and they’ll give you water if you’re thirsty.” Say Yes More became his creed.   Eager to share his experiences, Dave already intervenes for several years with companies, schools or other organizations as a motivational speaker. But he asked how to give anybody an alternative to an oppressive society? How to show others what they are really capable of?     Today, Dave lives on a boat in London… and his creed became a social enterprise. All began by a first invite to go camping launched on Facebook in the summer of 2015. Dave tried to turn his audience into real people. 19 “virtual friends” answered. Each week, his call reached more and more people… until the creation of the Yestival! These growing groups of strangers opened to deep exchanges, friendship and even changes of life. The YesTribe was born. Today, the idea stepped outside British boundaries. There are YesTribes from The USA to Australia.     A bus for those who say yes!   This is the story of an old bus that was given a second life, the Yesbus. They needed a headlight, a kind of watchtower and it has to be outdoor. The double-decker bus appeared as self-evident. Dave has the chance to find the good bus and the place to install in West Sussex. Thanks to a few willing Yestribers and the help of his friend Chris:  the bus is restored and arranged.     This countryside bus camp welcomes people who want to heal sizzled minds, learn new skills and hatch fresh ideas. They do all kind of things here, hosting workshops, skill sessions, retreats and co-working days, outdoorsy weekends and summer camps. The camp also hosts the annual Yestival. a weekend full of talks, workshops, walks, discussions and games during the day, then inspirational lectures, comedy and chilled out music at night. A caring festival where families are welcome, in a little corner of magic called DreamCamp! The Yesbus is also available to hire for any groups who share their ethos of using community, adventure and optimism to lead positive change. « There is no preferred profile… just people who want to give as much as they take from life. We tend to take so much these days and it’s showing more and more in the struggles of society and our impact on the environment.”     We (playfully) asked to Dave if he feels like a kind of guide or guru… the answer is clear: “Ha! I’d rather be a guru than a guide, but I’m neither. There’s a responsibility for us to share or unique experiences and how to deal with them. It gives hope and strength. In that sense, we’re all guides for each other.” So, are you ready to say Yes to Dave?   To Know more about Dave: Visit his website  And his Facebook Page    
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PLASTIC ODYSSEY, great epic of the millennium

Durable

Plastic Odyssey already interests the media. A brilliant vision, a technical, human and social challenge, this epic born in 2016 has for main thread "Around the world powered by plastic ". Let’s go for a fast overview of a highly innovative project.   This exciting project arose from the fertile minds of two French realistic young sailors: Simon Bernard and Alexandre Dechelotte, both merchant navy officers and ENSM. To alive Plastic Odyssey, Benjamin de Molliens and Bob Vrignaud, both engineers, joined the team. All have the soul of adventurers, passionate by nature, social progress and new technologies.     Sailing world tour thanks to plastic wastes   During port calls, Simon saw the omnipresence of plastic wastes which ultimately invade the oceans. For some time, expeditions aim at cleaning up seas. For him, it is time, on the contrary, to clean the poor and polluted coastal zones, particularly in South America, Africa and Asia. But what to do with collected waste? With Alexandre, they imagine a floating laboratory which, from port to port, recovers and recycles the plastic waste to transform it in fuel. The major element of Plastic Odyssey project will thus be a 25 m catamaran propelled with non-recycled plastics.     On board, a low-tech recycling unit sized as a standard container will transform the wastes into oil. The technique already exists on a large scale in the United States, it will be necessary to miniaturize it! Here is the founding axis of the project.   Local recycling of plastics to alleviate poverty   Interested by circular economy and social impact, Alexandre also sees in the project a means to reduce poverty. Part of the collected waste is recyclable but the concerned zones do not arrange adequate equipment. Sorting machines will be displayed onboard and the ship will welcome recycling workshop opened to anybody around during the calls. The goal is about building local networks of recycling jobs and thanks to the embarked technologies, making the plastic waste valuable; a first step towards the reduction of coastal pollution. Here is the second aim of Plastic Odyssey.       Three engines to clean up, to engage and sail   How many of grey matter to lead such a project? Head of partnerships, Benjamin enlightens us on the future embarked transformation processes: - A scanner inspired by infrared spectroscopy used in the recycling industry - Extruder, presses and weavers adapted for modelling plastic waste into furniture, building bricks, insulation, etc. - A containerized pyrolysis unit transforming plastic waste into fuel   Head of engineering, Bob coordinates development and manufacturing. Such a responsibility knowing that Plastic Odyssey plans to embark cheap, small-sized machines, simple to use and easy to fix. Mass production is yet planned to equip the small entrepreneurs in recycling of the polluted zones.     Race against the clock for an interactive project   Two years already that these fantastic four work on it full-time. A major stage happened on June 15th. The 6m prototype of the ship built thanks to the investors and by means of Roland Jourdain and Michel Desjoyaux, great French sailors, was presented. Then will come the construction phase of the flagship. And then, three years of shipping from March, 2020 till 2023, marked out by thirty stopovers on 3 continents.                          Prototype 1   Benjamin de Molliens evokes a huge organization: a route drawn according to local urgency, a sea route studied according to technical imperatives (slowness of the ship, winds, risks of piracy, etc.) and three weeks stopovers with a social objective which requires finding local relays. Finally, the constitution of rotating crews of 6 or 7 persons, naturally managed by Simon and Alex. Fortunately, numerous volunteers in diverse skills already bring their help.   To communicate its action, Plastic Odyssey will embark a team of videographers for broadcasting on social media and a documentary movie exposing issues and emerging solutions. In the meantime, Benjamin calls back the crucial needs of the moment "such a project requires a several million budget we have not reached yet. We also quickly need to enrich the technical partnerships, in particular around adaptation of the pyrolysis to the boat".     What’s next?   The ship will go back home but the project will continue to expand. This will be time for manufacturing machines and on-line publishing of open-sources blueprints and tutorials. Finally, Plastic Odyssey is considering setting up an international coalition of protection of the sea centered on the recycling.   The team sees exploration as a way to help in the development of local economies. Benjamin adds that they feel as explorers of the social innovation.   Remember, the synonym for odyssey is adventure! Even if - contrary to Ulysses trip - this one is perfectly chosen, we dare to mention: "Happy who like Simon, Alexandre, Benjamin and Bob are going to make a wonderful journey …"   What an amazing Project...We wish you good luck! To know more about the project, you can visit their website As well as Plastic Odyssey Facebook Page    
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