To say that 2020 has been an interesting year would surely be a cliche and an understatement. It has definitely made an impact on all of us and caused us to recognize the luxury we had before to freely explore the world. As quickly as it seems this year has gone by, the world has been forced to shut down in an effort to save lives. All of our plans have had to change and we have had to learn to adapt to the new norm of staying put while we wait out the pandemic.
It looks as though we will have to wait a little longer before any sense of normality will return. I am certainly hopeful that 2021 will prove to be a better year and a chance for all of us to gradually venture back out.
If I may take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments made in 2020 for explmore, I will start with the major move my family (and explmore) made to relocate from the US to the UK. A rather dramatic experience, during the beginning of flights being cancelled and not knowing what to expect when we arrived.
We were fortunate that all went as smoothly as it could have. With more time to be at home this year, I took the opportunity to revisit and refine the messaging behind explmore. Focusing on the purpose, goals and philosophy of the explmore mantra.
A refreshed website was launched as operations were spun back up, this time on the other side of the pond. It was great to showcase the new messaging and bring to the shop some new items to inspire life changing adventure.
With the introduction of this newsletter, the first issue sent just last month, I was also very excited to introduce our first mantra ambassadors, Tim and Kelsey of DirtSunrise, and Leigh and Steph of GrizzlyNBear. Supporting our community is also very important, so I also shared the planned expedition for 2021 by The Small World Trip.
Another project to support our mission to inspire, encourage and curate life changing adventure, was the launch of our explmore publication website; featuring stories of reflection on my parents’ 1977 original overland adventure (the inspiration behind the explmore mantra), letters that my father wrote home from Antarctica, while seconded there by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), and a page dedicated to documenting the return of their legendary Land Rover Series 3 (further plans in motion... watch this space).
Finally, let’s shift gears and look ahead to a hopeful new year and our plans for 2021. I will be dedicating time to preparing for a special project, that will see the full restoration of my parents’ Land Rover Series 3, made possible through a successful crowdfunding campaign which will include some rather special reward level items (stay tuned for more on these plans).
Also if we are able to, I am also very much looking forward to attending UK based events and meet ups with fellow explorers next year.
For now I will wish you all very special end of year celebrations as we bid farewell and good riddance to 2020.