To inspire people to embrace their fears and turn their dreams into reality.
If I could do anything, what would I do?
This was the question that started my adventure in life. It may seem like an obvious and innocent question, but when taken seriously, it is perhaps the most awesome (literally meaning frightening and inspiring) question one may ask of themselves. So I must ask:
If you only have one life, one chance, if you weren't afraid, if money wasn't an object, and people's opinions didn't matter, if you could do anything, what would you do?
Share your story
Be the change you want to see in the world ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Or as I like to say: Change your self — change your world!
On my first trip, bicycling across The United States, I realized that everyone I encountered was partaking in my adventure and were adventurers themselves. On the road, being a "crazy bicyclist" inspired many people to follow their dreams. Many people have emailed saying they quit their jobs and cycled countries like Cuba or Australia or Canada, or they have backpacked Europe, hiked the Inca trail, kayaked New Zealand. Some people told me they quit traveling because they were inspired to go home to the adventure of building a community or pursuing a new career or a new love or building a cabin in the woods. It has been my honor and privilege to have gotten so many emails over they years. And, believe me, I could never have accomplished my journey without all your words of kindness in return.
While I was cycling across the country, my "crazy" journey put an amazing sparkle of curiousity and wonder into people's eyes. So before I embarked on my personal quest around the world on a bicycle, I figured why should I be the only one to share my adventure, so I 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
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.