About the Project
Lena and Sue are seasoned travellers, close friends, Outpost contributors—and very different people. Last time they were in Thailand, before they ever met, Lena freaked out over a possibly rabid monkey bite and Sue spent some face time retching into an empty vodka–Red Bull bucket. Now, six years later, Outpost is sending them back to the backpacker's mecca, from Bangkok to Chiang Rai.
So what is this? It's a web series, a blog, an empty vodka–Red Bull bucket waiting to be filled with adventure. This is Tan Your Mind—and we travel for real.
Lena Desmond is professionally, personally, and sometimes even while sleeping a digital storyteller. After years working in Toronto's financial core, she escaped to reside on a remote Nicaraguan island where she took care of her own flock of chickens, scrubbed laundry in a lake, and even had short stint as an apprentice iguana hunter. (That didn’t last long.) Even if you haven't heard of her, you might have read her viral 2013 blog post, "Date a Boy Who Travels," which inspired a whole lineage of copycat "Date a ___ Who ____s" pieces. She has also been long listed for the CBC Canada Writes Short Story Prize.
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Sue Bedford is an indie traveller who has trekked, motorcycled, wandered, bussed, hitchhiked, boated, tuk-tuk’ed and stumbled through more than 50 countries in the last decade. Her life goal was to publish a book before she turned 30—which she did, just 12 days short of her birthday, with her debut travel memoir, It’s Only the Himalayas and Other Tales of Miscalculation from an Overconfident Backpacker.
Behind the Cameras
Mike Quigley is a videographer with Front Range Films, an Alberta-based production company that specializes in brand, lifestyle, documentary and narrative films. His passion is creating breathtaking, captivating films.
John Price is an Alberta-based, world-travelled photographer and climber. His recent projects have focused on rock, ice and alpine ascents across North America, including the deserts of Nevada, the Ruth Gorge in Alaska, the remote corners of the Himalaya, rural Japan and the Canadian Rockies. John teaches private workshops, creates editorial pieces and shoots for commercial projects for a range of clients.