Every good idea starts with someone taking notice of an opportunity, having a vision and saying, “I think there is something brewing here. I can’t say what– I just have a gut feeling.” Not only does it take a single person to notice the aforementioned triumvirate, it takes a few like-minded individuals to join, buy in and embody the model envisioned. This isn’t some pyramid scheme or Amway pitch, nah, nah, nah… this is something better, something more interesting and something more invigorating. I guess I need to provide background because of how vague I’m being at the moment. I’ve been on the road, I’m a traveling man, gallivanting the east coast over the past six days from Baltimore, Maryland to New York, New York. I didn’t bring a personal camera which doesn’t matter a ton because I have an iPhen to capture my travels, the sites I’m taking in and the places I think are interesting to me. Whenever I travel, I rarely build myself a large list of places to do or things to see when I am in a new city. I do this for two reasons: 1). it makes the trip more daunting than it should be and less of a vacation because it can feel like one is trying to cram everything in to a short period; 2). I want to organically discover the city, through walking the streets, taking public transit and the spur-of-the-moment-happenstance-stumble-upons. From this “do whatever comes to mind or what I know of the city” came an interesting thought: how about sharing where I go on my Instagram account with the hashtag #noagenda(insert city)tour? And so began the walking, snapping, no-filtering and hashtagging of a Baltimore tour and (an ongoing) New York tour.
In the last 39 photos, I’ve developed a deeper appreciation of the #noagenda mindset, for walking a city, for Instagram and for hashtags. And then I received this from a friend:
I won’t lie, when it comes to hashtags I like to get ridiculous. Long drawn out ones, acronym ones, #hashtag, hashtag#, hashtaghashtag, and onesthatarestreamofconsciouslengththatdelveintomultipletopicswhicharemuchadoaboutnothingbutiknowyouwillcontinuetoreaditbecaseoursocietyisrunbyhashtags. Yet when my masters of business friend Robbie sent me that text, he knew something that I wasn’t even aware of: the potential of this mindset, of this idea, of this hashtag to go viral. In the last 4.5 hours, Robbie and I have been talking about how to build this #noagenda travel: through book of faces, through Instagram, through Twitter… really make #noagenda THE MINDSET for when you travel, when you take your photos and share them, when you have experiences with local people. I can’t tell you how many interesting conversations I had in my 3 days in Baltimore and the same that I have had in my 3 days in New York by simply going with the flow and seeing where my two feet take me.
This is just the beginning. This post right here. Robbie and I, the two of us, want to change the way people plan their sight seeing by not really planning much, if any, at all. Through #noagenda, the hashtag, the mindset, the lifestyle, the ability to share and experience vicariously is widened exponentially because of the nooks discovered will be unlike any that you or your friends have seen.
So follow us on Instagram and Twitter @noagendatour. Heck, if you’ve traveled recently and want to share your photos, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org with the destination, caption or vignette about your stumble-upon and we’ll get them out there. Together we can make #noagendatour something… something big!
Driving this road down to paradise
Letting the sunlight into my eyes
Our only plan is to improvise
And it’s crystal clear, that I don’t ever want it to end