With the “Say yes” and “Try something new everyday” philosophy, Dave Cornthwaite is an inspiration to us all. He is a English writer, adventure, speaker and truly shows how attitude can completely turn your world around.
Things changed for me when I was 25. I’d ended up with a job that didn’t fulfil me, I just did it for money, and that reality made me realise that I was just existing and not testing myself. After that I made a change and started working towards my passions.
Best known for Exhibition 1000, it is Dave’s goal to undertake 25 journeys or more of 1000 miles, each using different forms of non-motorized transport. Today 24wanderlust had the opportunity to talk to Dave and gain an insight on the world of adventure, travel and saying yes!
How do you make the most of your 24 hours each day?
Dave – I write a to do list each night for the following day and get stuck in as soon as I wake up. I try not to ever reach an evening and feel like I wasted a day, so I stay busy, always look for creative ways to make memories and of course it helps to have constant long-term goals to work towards.
What did you aspire to do during high school and how has it changed since then?
Dave – I didn’t aspire to do anything in particular when I was at school, I felt I was a bit too young to know for sure how I wanted to spend my adulthood. I wanted to do something creative, perhaps be a writer, but I didn’t have a driving force. Things changed for me when I was 25. I’d ended up with a job that didn’t fulfil me, I just did it for money, and that reality made me realise that I was just existing and not testing myself. After that I made a change and started working towards my passions.
If you were meeting somebody for the first time, what would the first thing you tell them about you be?
Dave – I’d tell them I like saying yes
What are you currently doing?
Dave – Right now I’m in Puerto Rico. Part of my living is as a motivational speaker so I’ve just spent a week on a cruise ship as guest speaker, sharing stories from my adventures as well as visiting a few islands in the Caribbean, which is much nicer than spending winter in the UK!
Which mile out of your 16,000 miles for Expedition1000 has been your favorite and why?
Dave – This is SUCH a hard question! There have been some memorable ones! The last mile of my skateboarding journey across Australia was incredible, a lot of support after 3618 miles and five months on the road. Starting the Mississippi River was a blast, and paddling into Memphis surrounded by other paddlers was a lot of fun.
What is your number one tip for travel writing?
Dave – Like everything, just get started. It helps to have a good story but the most important thing is to sit your butt on a seat and start writing.
What is your favorite travel/adventure quote?
Dave – ‘The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.’ – Mark Twain or “The one who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone, is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.” ~ Albert Einstein
What is on the top of your bucket list?
Dave – Expedition1000: my aim to complete 25 journeys of 1000 miles or more, each using a different form of non-motorised transport
Where was your favorite location that you have traveled to and why?
Dave – Ah, I can’t answer this. Every place is special for some reason. I’m not a tourist and can’t stand comparisons, it just deducts unnecessarily from other experiences. One thing I would say though, is that if you want to do something that will change you, paddle a big river from the top to the bottom.
What is the something new you did today?
Dave – I walked down a road in San Juan, Puerto Rico that I’d not walked down before.
And I also walked passed a Burger King without going in, I don’t think I’ve ever done that before 😉