The whole point of Hangover Throat is to celebrate adventure and drinking. What a great pairing!
So when we recently found ourselves browsing the Coalatree website, we were pleasantly surprised to find exactly this pairing! They collaborated with bourbon whiskey producer High West and Coalatree sold the blanket side.
Their blankets loos like a great resource for hanging outside, at an outdoor concert sipping on some cold ones.
Their products are built for the outdoors and travel. We’ve been buying more or less since they began. Around 10 years ago a family member sponsored by Coalatree sent us what amounted to a starter kit with two hammocks.
One of those hammocks is currently set up in our backyard. I practically lived in it when our house needed a complete overhaul of major utilities. I am quite impressed with their brand. That those hammocks are still going strong after the family member that gifted them to us got married, had kids, and divorced is great. A testament to the quality.
Know what else is a testament to the quality, all those 5 star reviews. You know you can trust a brand when they’ve got lots of 5 start reviews. Unless they operate like Amazon and fake 5 star reviews, but knowing the product I doubt that is what Coalatree is doing. Oh they have hammock straps too, to protect the trees!
I really enjoy hammock life. Finding places to hang your hammock gives you an opportunity to sit an observe a place. Observations are so important to our lives as humans. They help us to get such a deep understanding of the world around us, the social world and the natural world.
Maybe we can get Coalatree to sponsor us when we do finally get around to traveling again. Hangover Throat is planning to arrange a group of up to 10 people to travel as a group to a destination and just take a town over with our fun and good times. If that sounds like a plan, you should definitely keep an eye out for sign ups.
The plan is to visit a country in the developing world where prices are lower and we can spend more time getting to know the locals. The trip is intended to have fun and good times, but also spent time getting to know the people of that place (not just the tourists). Who knows maybe we’ll make it into a competition. It all depends on interest.
Maybe Thailand or Cambodia, maybe Central America. We are excited that COVID-19 vaccines are finally being more widely distributed. We hope this wave of vaccinations continue. We might have to determine our travel plans based on which countries have the safest conditions, for travelers and residents.
Visiting a new place is exciting. You don’t know what you will find for yourself. You may like it or you may not like it. You can always relocate because most places in the world have excellent transportation.
One of the great things about traveling is seeking out the local unregulated or cottage alcohol industry. Some of it is downright disgusting and some of it is quite good. Be careful with it. You might black out. I did this once, but thankfully I was with people I trusted. I did not know them well, but they were great people that made sure I made it home safe.
Safety first! Keeping people safe is the priority.
Safety pertains to ensuring people have access to safe, potable water and that food preparation occurs up to standard. That people are accommodated in terms of their sleeping arrangements.
Rest assured (pun definitely intended), the plan is to stay at hostels. They alone are fun and good times. Hostels contain some of the widest varieties of people. In some places they also operate as self-contained units with their own accommodations, party, bar, restaurant, internet cafe, cafe, laundry services, and more.
The best hostels come with a view!
Just thinking about spending time at a hostel makes my heart go aflutter. Some of my best writing occurred while abroad staying in hostels. One location in Belize was so hot it was hard to move during the day. So I sat in a hammock all day writing. Then at night set out for a fine dinner and to seek out some local festivity. This was not in the Belize cayes (pronounced “keys”), but on the coastal mainland.
Often the best locations while traveling are not the most popular locations. Sometimes those are awesome, but often its the places proximate to those locations that are even better. Although, on occasion let it be known that proximate locations are just that, proximate and a tad less than entertaining.
The real fun though is the kind you make yourself. By being yourself and letting yourself be in the moment. It seems each country has their own way of telling travelers that their culture is awesome if you let yourself be open to the experience.
I have never been in a dangerous situation, but I have been frequently warned about them by locals. Yet I have never managed to be in danger. This might be lucky, but it could just as likely be that I find the right people. I like to think it is the latter given how much time I’ve spent outside of the United States.
Think about the reasons you want to travel. What is it that want to get out of travel? For me, I find freedom in traveling and I get a better idea of what freedom is by traveling. I bring this knowledge with me everywhere. I use it in my professional life. It helps me be a more informed citizen of the world.
By releasing my inhibitions abroad, I am able to commune with the locals. I am able to learn about their everyday lives and what is normal for their culture. I go on adventures with these people, they invited me places. This is equally educational and liberating. Hence the title of this article: Adventure and Alcohol.
Feel free to share your reasons for international travel in the comments. We would love to hear from you. If you have any interest in our adventure + alcohol abroad program, contact us to let us know. If you want to help organize it and find sponsors, we’d love the assistance!