The Three A’s


Kalawaya Village | Cordillera Apolobamba, Bolivia, 1996

In 1996 during a hike in Bolivia’s Cordillera Apolobomba, I spent a full day in an abandoned miner’s hut riding out the mother of all storms. During this enforced break, I came up with the Three A’s of travelling (and hiking) in developing countries: acceptance, adaptation and appreciation.

  • Accept the people and their environment on their terms, not yours.
  • Adapt accordingly.
  • Appreciate and embrace the differences and similarities alike.

If all else fails, a big smile and the ability to laugh at yourself go a long way.