Some adventures allow for self-reflection, for self-awareness, to find and to hold yourself in higher esteem. Others are a sensory orgasm, where all you feel is spine-tingling delight. Most of the time, one must travel in nature to be gifted such pleasures. Then there are the trips that fail to deliver, even after all of the planning and over-planning, organising and over-organising. However, the common denominator falls in the hands of the company you keep. Whether you travel alone, with your partner, or a group of pals, they determine the success of the adventure because, in this story, you are all the heroes of the journey.

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So it is important to choose your travel partners wisely; and, in turn, hope that they are of sound body and mind when they embark otherwise what you thought was going to happen does not happen and that which does happen no one could have ever predicted… and therein lies the beauty of the road, or the sea, or the sky, or however you choose to wander.

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On this trip to Italy, I was lucky to be traveling with three brothers that inspire me in their own, unique way. Where we all differed in vocation, background and cultural upbringing, each of us shared passions for the natural environment, both it and humanity’s safety, for the arts, and a desire for daily cured meat and red wine (and bread with balsamic vinegar)… so, it seems, we came to the right place.

 “Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.” – Saint Augustine

Stay up to date with Simon Williams life and journeys here: @thestampedetrail

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