To inspire people to venture into the unknown and turn their dreams into reality.
No matter what you call it — the hero’s journey, wanderlust, walkabout, vision quest, coming-of-age ritual, a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, spiritual awakening, enlightenment, the travel bug, voyage into the unknown, self-transcendence — or simply hope — whether your journey is to travel the world, bake cupcakes or sweep streets — this is our exploration of life and the human spirit.
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If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him.... We need not wait to see what others do. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
PS. This is often misquoted as: "Be the change you want to see in the world."
Scott's life of adventure began with this question: If I could do anything, what would I do? It may seem like an innocent or obvious question, yet it is perhaps the most awesome (literally meaning frightening and inspiring) question one may ask of themselves. It also planted the seed for this website, which is named for one of the first adventure stories in Western history: Jason and the Argonauts.
This website goes way back to 1999 before the invention of blogging or social media. It was create because on Scott's first trip, bicycling across The United States, being a "crazy bicyclist" put an amazing sparkle of curiousity and wonder into people's eyes and inspired many people to follow their dreams. Scott realized that everyone he encountered was partaking in his adventure and vice versa: everyone he met were adventurers themselves and a friendly word of encouragement or helping hand gave strangers the hope to continue on their journey. And Scott believes thay he could never have accomplished his journey without all the words of kindness in return. So before he embarked on his personal quest for happiness around the world on a bicycle, Scott wondered why should he be the only one to share his adventure, so he founded The Argonauts, Inc.:
An adventure-travel community dedicated to inspiring the human spirit by enabling people to venture into the unknown and sharing their dreams and discoveries with the world.
That was our idealistic mission statement when theArgonauts.com first came online in 1999. Our vision was to give adventurers, like Jason and the Argonauts, a forum to share the boon of their quests, like photos, maps, stories and new ideas. However, we were over-ambitious and ahead of our time. We were an online adventure magazine, before the notion of "webzine". Blogs didn’t even exist, and the programming required to match our vision would have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and an extraordinary amount of work. Still the founding members of The Argonauts archived an impressive number of stories.
Thanks for supporting y/our dreams,
Scott Stoll and the team of volunteers at The Argonauts
PS. Over the years, Scott has received hundreds of letters from people saying that his journeys, books and website has inspired them to follow their dreams, like: quit their jobs and cycle countries like Cuba, Australia or Canada; or backpack Europe; hike the Inca trail; kayak New Zealand; some people even said they quit traveling because they were inspired to go home to the adventure of building a community, pursue a new career, find a new love, or even building a cabin in the north woods of Wisconsin; and many more testimonials. It has been Scott's honor and privilege to have gotten so many emails over the years.
The Argonauts has been showcased a few times. Here's one of my favorites:
12 Personal Travel Websites That Will Make You Quit Your Day Job.
For more photos and information, please visit our press room.
Our site has won a handful of awards, such as a Golden Web Award and the Cool Site of the Day. We were even the Barnes & Noble Affiliate of the month. The reason we won the award back in 2000 is because our website was the first website to introduce the idea of combining a story with the related product link from an affiliate sponsor. Now it sounds so obvious that it is hard to believe, but TheArgonauts.com is a real pioneer on the internet.
Jason and the Argonauts
The Archetypal Adventure
I recommend you read about the original Greek myth of Jason and the Argonauts, including the history, culture and the actual story. I've been collecting this info for years; and I find it fascinating how this myth has embedded itself in our culture. More info.