I’ve enjoyed Chris Arnade’s photography and his writing from his various travels around the world. He takes a somewhat unique approach of just walking - a lot - in whatever town or city he’s visiting. I’m always struck by the seeming serendipty of the encounters - chance meetings with locals with interesting stories he would definitely not have met traveling a more touristy way.

He recently wrote a piece about how he travels. Some good tips there, and an important reminder that even serendipity (or luck, if you will) requires right conditions to happen. He encourages those conditions with good planning - a lesson for all of us trying to create serendipity in other ways - innovation, invention, discovery. You can “plan” the conditions, even if you can’t plan the discovery itself.


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