Luck is often confused with hard work and ambition.
Some would call 26 year old Tom Young lucky, growing up in West Cornwall and spending a good proportion of his adult life floating round the ocean in various corners of the world taking photos for surf and clothing brands. It’s not luck that has bought him to this point, it’s a passion for the beauty and simplicity of travel, and the desire to record it in photography.
On the road with Passenger through the Scottish highlands in search of Snow, Surf and the Simple life.
It doesn’t get any more simple than a road trip. All you need is a reliable set of wheels, good friends and good vibes. In the campervan was Rich from Passenger Clothing, big wave surfer Barry Mottershead, revered lensman Christian McLeod and enigmatic snapper Toby Butler. The aim of this trip was pretty straightforward, journey North to Thurso via the Cairngorms and then over to the Isle of Skye and enjoy whatever Scotland provided, embracing waves and wholesome adventure along the way. This would be a mere 1700 miles round trip and once there home would be our “tentipi”, a fitting abode for a humble week of existence.
We thought many of you would like to know what the team has been up to recently.
Over the last year we have been working hard behind the scenes to source and build relationships with suppliers within Europe. We are very happy to announce that from Spring 2015 many of our products will be manufactured in Europe. Our aim over the next year is to manufacture as many products as possible within Europe and develop new products within Europe.
Why are some people content to live their entire lives in their hometown, while others have an urge to travel that they just can’t ignore?
According to a recent news article, scientists believe they have discovered the gene that makes certain people more likely to want to wander outside of their comfort zone, immerse themselves in new culture and try new things. Perhaps there is a wanderlust gene and there is something in our DNA that makes us curious about what is out there – or maybe this explanation is too simple and there are a lot of factors involved in the desire to travel.
Do you ever have the urge to just drop out of the chaotic whirlwind of civilisation and simply retreat to a quiet cabin in the woods where you can wake up to the sound of birdsong?
Henry David Thoreau built his own cabin near Walden Pond and it gave him the quiet headspace to write some pretty profound things about humanity. But whether you spend your time writing, painting, hiking or simply being – a remote cabin in the middle of nowhere is a tranquil and beautiful place to escape.
Let’s take a look at some amazing cabins that are truly off the beaten track, where you can find adventure and solitude in abundance:
Traveling around Australia in their 78 Series Troopcarrier, surfing, fishing and playing House Concerts.
We caught up with musicians/songwriters Mike and Soph McCarthy from the Central Coast NSW, as they were about to embark on an epic tour called 'SO MUCH SEA' around Australia for the whole of 2015. Here's what Mike had to say...
What is it about life on the road that appeals to us so much? And what is it that gives us that urge to travel?
Wild camping is one of the best ways to get back to the simple life and rediscover the joys of venturing off the beaten track. Wild camping in a campervan is a great way to inject some adventure back into your life. And the best part? It can all be done on a budget.
Tom Wegener is one of surfing’s most important figures. If you know your surf culture, you’ll be aware that Tom has been featured in and contributed to the biggest surfing magazines in the world. Having been featured in countless surf movies, Tom’s innovative designs and theories help make surfing what it is today.
Needless to say that Tom is somewhat of a hero of ours here at Passenger and when he agreed to give us an interview for our blog, to say we were delighted would be an understatement. Here’s what Tom had to say about surfboard shaping and the current state of the surfing industry...
For most of us, the idea of travelling around the world chasing snow and surf and meeting new people sounds like a dream. But for Val Cook and Tim Boffe, this dream is about to become a reality as they prepare for the first tour aboard their Nomad Bus, the first snow and wave chasing hostel in the world. Converted from an old American high school bus, the hostel aims to travel across Austria, Switzerland and France throughout 2015. We caught up with Val for a chat about the project.
It’s part of the Passenger ethos to constantly seek new adventures and experience the freedom that they bring. We want to inspire people to find their own paths and embrace their own journey. But at the same time, we want to be inspired by people who are already pushing their own boundaries. And that’s why we’re passionate about collaborating with people who share our passion for adventure.
One such man who inspires us greatly is French photographer and filmmaker Romain Juchereau...