Dauntless Jaunter was thought up in August, 2010, with the purpose of establishing a central place for organizing my thoughts and experiences while traveling. Our vision for DJ is that it will be an easy place for everyone to come and get any information they might need pertaining to the travel industry, as well as obtain inspiration from any adventures one may read about.
Please do not delve too deeply into the name “Dauntless Jaunter”. Though we are aware that the semantics might be off on this phrase (jaunter is not a word, I believe, thought jaunt is), it had a nice ring to it, so we are going to stick with it. “Dauntless” is not meant to imply that this is a site for adventure travel only, or for those who are the most adventurous in spirit, but it is used more in the sense that any travel that is taken should not be regretted. You should “jaunt” on a whim, but you can plan it also. Do not be afraid of traveling for petty reasons such as high costs, weird food, and even weirder people. In these cases, you must stay fearless, you must stay dauntless, or you will miss out on the life-changing effects that travel can and will have on you. 99 out of 100 times, the benefits of the experience of travel will far outweigh the costs and burdens involved. Travel is important because it gets us out of our comfort zone. When we alter our daily routine, location, and people that we are around, we gain a new perspective. Nothing will make you a worldlier person than going 5000 miles away from home and surrendering your creature comforts. Do not be afraid to book a room at a hostel, talk to a stranger, or eat local culinary treats if it does not look edible. Every time you put your inhibitions aside and allow yourself to be confounded by something new, it broadens your frame of reference and sharpens your senses. It will let you understand other points of view, and, in effect, will allow you to not be the narrow-minded asshole who stubbornly holds his own outlook on the world.