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What a Bike Ride to South America Meant for Jedidiah Jenkins

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For Jedidiah Jenkins, time is his most valuable resource. When older individuals once told him how they felt time slip from their fingers too quickly, it dawned something on him.

“I promised myself I’d do something radically different,” he says, “and I’m going to do something that scares the crap out of me, and see if that changes my brain chemistry.”

For Jenkins, quitting his job to travel on his bike down towards South America became a way for him to experience life in the most charged way possible — to live and appreciate each moment spent on this earth. Everything used to be exciting when you’re young, because the world was waiting for you to unlock its mysteries. As an adult, what was once mysteries are now unsurprising pieces of knowledge, leaving life in danger of becoming monotonous. Jenkins hopes to reverse the monotony in life through traveling to keep his brain “awake and turned on.”

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Vivian Wang

Vivian is a travel enthusiast and food connoisseur living in New York City. Her curiosity and passion for languages and culture has taken her across eight countries over the past year. When not working, you can find her meandering in art museums or sampling food at the street markets.

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