Adam Asher Wattenbarger | World Adventurers Series

by Vanessa

Welcome to the first of Wanders Miles World Adventurers Series with Adam Asher Wattenbarger. He is a broadcast media professional and adventurer based in Atlanta, Georgia. He has a passion for travel and for people.

As host and founder of the new internet video series, The Edge of Adventure, Adam takes his viewers to faraway places—to experience life and culture there. He and his viewers get to know great people, encounter great need, and discover impressive organisations working to make the world a better place.

Adam doesn’t just travel. He seeks adventure and purpose. He goes on the air and off the grid—for those things that really matter. Travel with Adam to far off places. Meet remarkable people. And most importantly, get involved.

Now, let’s hear a bit more from Adam…

What does your perfect adventure consist of?

The trips I enjoy most are the ones where adventure and purpose meet. I like to go to far-off places, remote regions, areas that we consider off the grid. But it means more to me when I have a particular purpose—when I’m working to help someone somehow.

Name your top 3 adventures? And why were they so special?

No doubt this trip to Nicaragua ranks #1 in my book of adventures. Traveling to a remote region of Nicaragua, getting to know great people, seeing how the years of isolation has shaped their culture and language … this is a highlight for sure. And on this trip, I have the privilege of taking our viewers and followers along with me. This area has many needs; we’ll get to know more about this as well. And we’ll all be very grateful when we see what Mission: Hope does up there on the Matagalpa River.

Second favorite adventure? I’d say my initial trip to Mexico. I was just a kid back then, maybe 15 at the oldest. And that trip changed my life. It was on this trip that I discovered how big the world is—or was. Back then you had to walk to mail a postcard back home so people wouldn’t worry about you. There were no texts or emails. Life was different. And a big part of the adventure was the being isolated from your friends and family. You were on your own. I liked that. I remember that time fondly.

My third favorite adventure was my trip last year to Egypt. Middle Eastern culture is different than our Western culture. You know the minute you leave the airport that you’re a long way from Kansas. And it was a fantastic trip. I got to see the tourist sites. And I got to live life as a local for a few days, too. Egypt has such a rich history. Such great people. And I learned a great deal about religion, language, and camels.

Adam Wattenbarger in a tunnel in NicaraguaAdam Wattenbarger in Mexico at 19 Adam Wattenbarger in Egypt Adam Wattenbarger the World Adventurer

Have you got any places on your bucket list? If so, where?

I don’t think I can answer this one. Every corner of the globe has its own, unique beauty. I’d see them all if I could.

What 3 things have your travels taught you?

  • I’ve learned that cultures differ and that the human heart is the same.
  • I’ve learned to expect challenges, to be patient with delays, and to smile.
  • I’ve learned that the honey in Cairo, Egypt is pure. And if you come down with a cough, you’re going to need 4 heaping spoonfuls.

What is your favourite travel quote you live by?

“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton

What advice could you give to aspiring adventurers?

Be smart. Plan ahead. But don’t fear. Do it.

Tell me about The Edge of Adventure

The Edge of Adventure with Adam Asher is a unique new video series that takes me—and our Edge followers—to some of the most remote regions on the planet. We enjoy the adventure of getting there, but it’s about much more than that. It’s about getting to know the people and the culture along the way. And it’s about getting to know those who serve in these remote areas, people who have devoted their lives to helping others.

Beginning September 26, each Tuesday evening at 8:00 PM Eastern Time in the States, Edge will drop a new video episode on TheEdgeOfAdventure.com—as Season 1 takes us to Central America and an isolated region of Nicaragua on the Matagalpa River.

Also, just to keep things interesting, I’ll be sharing more from my journey between officially episodes. So you’ll be able to join in by following Adam’s Blog from the Edge. I’ll be posting more great pics and video clips from the excursions to better share the experience with our Edge community.

Let’s go. Let’s experience life and culture far from home as we meet remarkable people who are giving of themselves for the benefit of others. It’s #adventure with #purpose—as together we push #BeyondStatusQuo on #TheEdgeOfAdventure

The Edge of Adventure Series with Adam Asher The Edge of Adventure Program in Nicaragua

Here’s the trailer to see what you’re in for!

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14 comments

Suzanne Jones 12th October 2017 - 1:48 am

ISome good questions here and some great answers. I love that travel quote!

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Adam Wattenbarger 17th December 2017 - 8:27 pm

Thank you, Suzanne. I enjoyed making the series, and Vanessa does a great job here on WandersMiles.com.

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Aniek 12th October 2017 - 1:11 pm

I agree about the Middle Eastern culture. It really is different than you’re used to. And so fascinating!

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Adam Wattenbarger 17th December 2017 - 8:29 pm

Thank you, Aniek. You’re right. Thank you for reading the post. Honored.

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Medha Verma 12th October 2017 - 1:21 pm

Wow I have not heard about The Edge of Adventure and it sounds like the kind of series I would love to see! Thanks for this interesting interview, I’m sure it was a great experience Vanessa, for you to interact with Adam! His pictures from Egypt are lovely, it’s my bucket list destination 🙂

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Kate Rebel 13th October 2017 - 12:15 pm

Uh that is an interesting top 3 list of adventures. The Nicaragua one really does sound impressive. I also love the travel quote you mentioned. There really is a big difference between being a traveler and a tourist. And sometimes I think it is a big chunk of work to understand a totally different culture! Btw – I also agree on your answer about the Bucket List. Whenever people ask me where I want to go I could start an endless list. There is just so much to see and everything is so very different – it’s just impossible to decide on a couple of things only. My absolute favorite destination to go though would be Alaska 🙂

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Kavita Favelle | Kavey Eats 13th October 2017 - 12:21 pm

I love reading about the travel styles and philosophies of other travellers, and particularly enjoyed the three top travel experiences. I have a sore throat right now, wish I had some of that pure Cairo honey!!

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Wandermust Mummy 13th October 2017 - 11:50 pm

i love learning about other travellers. Completely agree about middle east honey. My favourite is from Yemen

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Mr Mike 14th October 2017 - 2:33 am

I love what Adam says about learning from travel. Its so true that experiencing cultures changes your world view and expecting challenges will make your life a lot better. This is a cool series and I hope you continue! If you ever need an adventurer to interview just let me know 🙂

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itsadrama 14th October 2017 - 4:49 am

Loved this and would love to meet tis guy in person! He looks like a real life Indiana Jones! I love the comment about the Eygiptian Honey. I swear by Manuka honey from New Zealand so its good to know there other places in the world that people rate it so highly!

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Jennifer 15th October 2017 - 5:42 am

A very inspiring interview. Egypt is a place I would love to see. I try to remember not to be afraid each time I travel.

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World Travel Family 15th October 2017 - 9:50 am

Interesting, he used almost identical words in describing Egypt as I did on our recent post. Great minds think alike. Yes, Egypt is one of our favourites too. Fantastic country, kids had a ball.

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fitlife360.net 12th June 2018 - 9:38 pm

Fascinating and inspiring stuff! Really enjoyed it!

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Vanessa 27th June 2018 - 7:27 pm

Thank you, glad you enjoyed it!

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