Jump: Travel to the Edge of Your World

The edge of the world is a place most people don’t witness. It’s a place in your mind and a moment of epiphany. It’s a sun-soaked horizon. It’s a vista overlooking miles of mountains and valleys. It’s a flat map. For us, it was none of those things.

We saw the edge of the world in Dalat, Vietnam. Atop a clearing in the jungle, north of the former colonial retreat we stood, rooted. The crisp mountain air cleared our lungs of the pollution of the cities. The rushing water below sent our minds wandering whilst the hard earth of the mountain beneath our feet anchored our bodies to the spot. Completely awestruck and thoroughly out of our comfort zones, we stood and we wondered.

‘How did we get here?’

Negotiating jungle tracks, and rocky streambeds we laughed at our guides, joked with our group, and teased each other about who the jungle monsters would eat first. We wilted in the midday sun as birds fluttered and the cicadas’ chorus caroled in the trees above. We tiptoed over ant supply lines and tree roots, and waded across rivers. It was not until the trees began to part and the chorus faded, that we noticed we’d been climbing this whole time. Then we saw it.

The edge of our world.

The cliff disappeared into a deep, black pool of unknown possibilities. We peered over the brink, edging closer to our fate. The rest of the group had gone before us, and survived. Now it was our turn. We turned to each other gasping:

“7 metres isn’t that high is it? Surely its not that hard.”

We took another look over the edge as the sun refracted from the mist of the falls. Our thoughts began to race, our fears externalised in snatched glimpses and fearful handholding. We envisioned the ground rushing up to meet us; wet and cold. That inexorable feeling of falling, unable to go back, fate sealed and doomed to deal with the consequences.

Stepping back from the ledge, the cliff in the clearing represents a decisive moment. The tree roots and the rivers, the vines and the rocks, are the knocks life brings, and the birds and the cicadas’ chorus are the friends and family; the words of encouragement and discouragement you receive along the road. Despite the coming together of nature that led to this moment, the decision to jump is ours and ours alone.

That decision to hurl ourselves into that ever-present black abyss of unknowns, with no guarantee we’ll resurface, is ours to own. Life constantly puts us through these edge-of-the-world moments, and only by jumping in can we progress.

So take a deep breath, and jump. It’s what we’re made for.


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18 thoughts on “Jump: Travel to the Edge of Your World

  1. Audrey Reply

    I got chills and my stomach dropped as you were describing the edge of the world, but I loved it too. Because in a sense, I get similar feelings when I try new things and travel new places. I get these feelings when I step out of my comfort zone. This is what traveling is all about. Good post!

  2. Nate Reply

    This was a great read! It made me thrilled and took me onto your adventure with the first sentence. Love it!

  3. Sol Solntze Reply

    Getting well out of your comfort zone is one of the benefits of travel, I’d imagine. I must admit it’s why I don’t actually want to that much (I am an armchair traveller in many ways). But I try to push the envelope in other ways! Still, I enjoy seeing other people’s mind expanding experiences!
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  4. Sol Solntze Reply

    Getting well out of your comfort zone is one of the benefits of travel, I’d imagine. I must admit it’s why I don’t actually want to that much (I am an armchair traveller in many ways). But I try to push the envelope in other ways! Still, I enjoy seeing other people’s mind expanding experiences!
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  5. melody pittman Reply

    Nice! You guys have a great way with words. I love stepping out of my comfort zone. No sense being bothered with it. 😉 Life is short.

    • WhenTwoWander Post authorReply

      Thanks Melody! We definitely agree with that!

  6. Halley Wright Reply

    This is a really great post! Love it!!
    Never stop exploring! 🙂

  7. Elisa Reply

    Jumping to the edge of MY world is a fantastic exercise that I like to do from time to time. Not easy, I must recognize, but I feel great e-ve-ry time I try. Thanks for the reading

  8. Antonina Reply

    As a person in her mid thirties, married and with three kids, I’m more inclined to create my comfort zone rather than step out of it 🙂 But I understand what you mean, after all I’m a traveler too. Wishing two you all the best, you’re a lot of inspiration.

  9. Clare Reply

    No way I could of done that, am scared of heights and hate jumping into water!! I do though push my comfort zones in other ways and have done things I never thought I would. It’s surprising the more I travel the more relaxed I become and the more likely I am to try something new, though a bungee jump would never get on the list to do!!

    • WhenTwoWander Post authorReply

      Yeah it took some courage but we survived. Yeah I think because you’re exposed to so many new things and challenges that you have to be relaxed. We could never Bungee! Thanks for commenting.

  10. Nathan Reply

    I so agree! I just left a city I was very comfortable in because I was too comfortable, if that makes sense. I need to shake up my comfort zone.

    • WhenTwoWander Post authorReply

      Yeah that’s totally makes sense, it became like just being at home?

  11. Kayla Manoe Reply

    What a stunning read! I love these types of post where you actually feel you are experiences it as you read! I have had a few of those moments! One was in Oahu Hawaii on top of the Olomana 3 peaks hike! CRAY <3 x

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