A brief Camp Kilo guide to looking at the world from a different point of view.

1/ Go forth where few men have gone.

We understand the appeal of big cities—there’s a buzz on the streets, and a sense of constant energy—but we think that the real adventure is in going to the places there aren’t so well-known. This doesn’t mean you have to find yourself in a far-flung icy forest in Alaska; we’ve recently been drawn to countries that are less seen and sometimes more misunderstood. Ukraine, Iran, North Korea, Mongolia, Cuba, to name a few—places that have only recently become more accessible and open to visitors from around the world. There is so much to learn about countries that we sometimes only read about or see only one side of in the media, and we can only get to really know them firsthand.

2/ Get lost…

Fail to plan, and plan to fail, right? We think that’s true for the most part—don’t mess around with your plane or train tickets—but make space for unexpected encounters. You can do plenty of research beforehand, looking up all the best sites to visit, but we find that sometimes the most genuine, memorable experiences are the ones that you don’t see coming. Taking a wrong turn, getting lost in a back alley and discovering the town’s best pastries in the process; missing your reservation at a fancy restaurant and ending up having dinner with some locals in a hole-in-a-wall eatery; following the word on the street and chancing upon your own private beach—all things that no online guide can tell you about.

3/ …and keep an open mind.

Fermented shark, cliff jumping, salsa dancing—you never know until you try. Beyond that, we’d encourage you to leave your judgements and preconceptions back home. There are so many cultures that are different from what we know, and we only know a fraction of what the world has to offer. As they say, the only way to get to truly know someone is to walk a mile in their shoes, and you can’t do that if you don’t even take yours off.

4/ Stay curious.

We all tend to lose that childlike sense of wonder when we get older. Kids have the most fun and are constantly learning because they ask: “Why?” With most of the information we need in the palm of our hand (or our hand-held devices), there’s no reason why we can’t keep questioning and take a trip to a different world without having to leave our seats or desk. Why did man learn to use fire to cook, for example? When were the first pigs domesticated? Why do certain woods give off certain smells? When did we discover that stingrays could be eaten? If you learn something new everyday, we’ve realised, your world keeps getting bigger.