Adventure Travel

Adventure travel has always been a part of my life. At the age of 17 I hitchhiked around Europe for three months and in my mid-twenties I spent a year backpacking around America, Australia and South East Asia. Having spent the following years focusing my time with my children, I then started traveling again in 2008, when I travelled solo around India by train.

Since then I have ridden a motorbike to over 60 countries, hiked across mountain ranges in the summer, and snowboarded down them in the winter.

Destination Unknown

In 2014 I set off on my ‘Destination Unknown’ around the world trip, riding overland for 18 months across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and onto Australia. 

Below is a video compiled after my epic journey.

One Cool Ride

one cool ride

In 2019 I started my ‘One Cool Ride’ journey. I rode overland from Nordkapp, Norway, the most northerly place in Europe to the most southerly place in Africa, Cape Agulhas, South Africa

Below is a video compiled after my journey.

Adventures of a Life Coach

I am currently planning to ride the same motorbike in the Americas, from Prudhoe Bay in the far north of Alaska, to Ushuaia, the southernmost point of Chile, a journey of at least 20,000 miles (32,000 km).

Adventure Travel Coaching

Looking back, I was where you are now. Since my school days I have dreamed about adventure travel and didn’t consider finding a coach to help me make my dream come true. Like you I bought books, watched films, YouTube videos and spent time researching my dream. I went to events and spoke to people who had made their dreams come true. I was one of the lucky ones, I was one of the few that made the transition from dreaming to reality. However, over the years I have met hundreds of people who dream of adventure travel, but it never becomes a reality. The dream continues to be a dream. Dreams are wonderful, and you don’t have to make them come true. However, if you feel you might be one of those people who really, really wants your dream to come true, you might want to contact me for an initial conversation. 

Our initial conversation is free, where we find out about each other and afterwards, you can decide if you want me to help you.

I am an Adventure Travel Coach and I can help make your dreams come true.

Dan Skeates - Men's Life Coach

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If you would like to find out how I can help you, please contact me for a free consultation, either in person in London, Essex or Cambridge, or worldwide via ZOOM.

Why Dan?

I left a successful corporate career behind to become a life and business coach, improve the quality of my life and help you. I feel all of my life experiences have funnelled me towards becoming a coach.

Coaching is a powerful conversational intervention where I support you with the change you desire. As a coaching psychologist I use theoretically grounded and scientifically validated techniques to help you change your mindset or reach your goals in your personal, business and adventure life.

You may ponder on what type of coach you want to work with: life coach, adventure travel coach, career coach, business coach, personal development coach, confidence coach… I could go on! I pondered on what type of coaching I could offer; what type of coach am I?

I believe the efficacy and credibility a coach has is dependent on the expertise (skill & knowledge), experience and connection one has. Coaching is an unregulated industry –  anyone can start coaching immediately. So how can you determine the level of expertise, experience and connection a coach has? A little research will give you some of the answers; their biography and social media will give you an indication about what life experiences they have had, their qualifications inform you about their skill and knowledge level, and their accreditations and organisation memberships inform you how long they have been coaching and their experience in particular fields. A coach can have years of experience and expertise. However, if you do not have a great connection with your coach, forget it! How you feel about your coach and what you perceive they feel about you is a prerequisite to you achieving the change you desire. Establishing the quality of the connection between you and your coach is easy, you have to meet up, either face to face or online. This is the very essence of why I suggest we meet for a free initial meeting. Only after this can you decide if I am the coach for you.

Looking back, I was exactly where you are now, I had dreams, I wanted progression, I wanted more for myself and my kids. I know what it feels like to want more and realise that progress is slow or non-existent, at times it felt like I was going backwards! The first thing I did was to define what I wanted, then I created a plan of how to achieve it. I followed my plan, with small steps, but always going in the right direction. I enjoyed both the present and developing my future. That started over 20 years ago.

When I decided ‘enough was enough’, and I wanted to be happier and more fulfilled, ‘personal growth, life coaching, SMART goals, authentic behaviour and how to use my strengths to succeed’ wasn’t in my vocabulary. I was alone on my journey.

I left a successful corporate career behind to fulfil my potential and improve the quality of my life. Now, having studied positive psychology and coaching psychology  for many years, I recognise my behaviours over the last few decades were ideal for achieving forward movement in my personal and business life. However, it took me many years languishing in my dreams before I started my journey.

You don’t have to be alone on your journey.

Read my bio, and check out my social media where you can read about my experience, successes and personal development. I have started businesses and a charity, worked for corporations and travelled to over 80 countries around the world, and I am a very proud father of two amazing young adults.

I have found a vocation I really love, and my philosophy to coaching is simple; I want to be the best coach I can be for you, and I achieve this by using my expertise, experience and ability to effectively connect with you to help unlock your potential. My intention is to help you flourish, achieving sustainable forward movement towards a change in your mindset and / or achieving your goal(s). 

The psychologist Carl Rogers really inspired me. He had a humanistic perspective to psychology and developed the person-centred approach. This means in my practice I have a holistic approach and focus on your self-awareness and thoughtful actions. I believe everyone is individual, has free will and is motivated to achieve their potential and self-actualise (where your personal potential is fully realised). I believe that by focusing on your strengths you can achieve your goal(s) and flourish.

I have worked with both individuals and organisations in Essex, Cambridge & London. You can read testimonials from people I have helped and what they say about their experience of my coaching

I have always helped people and experienced kindness wherever I have travelled throughout the world. However, it was whilst travelling on my Destination Unknown trip that I realised I wanted to focus on helping people. As soon as I returned home, I co-founded Cool to be Kind in Essex.

My interest in people then led me to study psychology, where I discovered the humanistic approach and then positive psychology, which focuses on both individual and societal wellbeing.