Samantha Michaels

My Perfect Adventure: Will Gadd

The extreme athlete tells us what he wishes he knew 25 years ago, why you’ll always find hot sauce in his suitcase, how mountains helped him learn the art of acceptance, and why digging deeper into...

My Perfect Adventure: Boris Mordkovich

The cross-country traveler and social entrepreneur tells us how he trained to be a magician in Lithuania, what he learned from watching American professional wrestling in Sudan, and why he doesn’t...

My Perfect Adventure: Jason Lewis

The first man to circumnavigate the globe by human power alone tells us about the time he joined a rock band in London, what he admires about Uruguay’s vegetarian president, and why he can’t travel...

My Perfect Adventure: Barbara Held

One of the world's top open-water swimmers tells us why she didn’t pursue a career as a Disneyland mermaid or a flight attendant, where she traveled once to cuddle with cheetahs, and how getting...

My Perfect Adventure: Antonio Argüelles

The decorated swimmer tells us what he admires about a former Bhutan king, which danger to watch out for if you're ever jogging in Tibet, and why he went ahead with his epic second Triple Crown—even...

My Perfect Adventure: Richard Bangs

The father of modern adventure travel tells us about imitating Huck Finn as a teenager and getting arrested by a park ranger; falling into despair and giving up his paddle after his best friend died...

My Perfect Adventure: Mark Tercek

The president and chief executive officer of The Nature Conservancy tells us about the time he ran alongside lions in Kenya, how he first became passionate about conservation, and why good people...

My Perfect Adventure: Brita Sigourney

One of the world's top female freeskiers tells us about her urge to visit Indonesia, the time she saw blue-footed boobies in the Galapagos Islands, and why she sometimes imagines life as a...

My Perfect Adventure: Maddy Schaffrick

The youngest snowboarder at two Winter X Games tells us about her fantasy to surf with Taylor Lautner, why she wants to visit an Amish town, and what always brings her back to snowboarding, even...

My Perfect Adventure: Sebastien Le Tuan

The CouchSurfing co-founder takes us to Easter Island as well as Tetiaroa, where he had one of his most memorable CouchSurfing experiences (blacktip reef sharks were part of the picture), and shares...

My Perfect Adventure: Kumi Naidoo

The executive director of Greenpeace International tells us how he stayed motivated while getting hosed down with freezing water during environmental action, what he learned from living through...

My Perfect Adventure: Brian Grubb

One of the world's best wakeskaters tells us about dodging saltwater crocodiles in Australia, his first time on a wakeboard, and his ambition to free fall from outer space.

My Perfect Adventure: Louie Vito

The professional snowboarder tells us what he admires about boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr., how he prefers to get revenge, and why he thinks skeptics only make him stronger.

My Perfect Adventure: Kaya Turski

One of the world's best female slopestyle skiers tells us what she would do on a perfect day if she weren’t skiing, how losing a close friend affirmed her life philosophy, and why two tough years of...

My Perfect Adventure: Chris Malloy

The filmmaker and surfer with dozens of firsts to his name tells us about his former dream of rodeo stardom, how he entered the film industry, and why he always travels with a smile.