Only Pack What You Can Carry

Janice Holly Booth is a Speaker/Writer/Adventurista from North Carolina. Her entertaining keynotes and presentations focus on fear, risk-taking and the transformative power of embracing both. She is the author of Only Pack What You Can Carry (National Geographic), a guide to achieving personal growth through solo adventure travel.

Your personal journey starts today.
What do you want to be when you grow up? At some point, most of us will end up trading a calling for a career; swap building a life for making a living; exchange risk for responsibility. It's the all-too-common path of the dutiful adult. But then comes the day we're invited to reclaim our dream, but we've either forgotten it or never named it in the first place. Fear, ambiguity, discomfort... they are simply emotional obstacles blocking the horizon, beyond which waits the life we really want to live. How to get there when fear and confusion are doing such an excellent job of holding you back? << LEARN MORE

From the Blog, "Jan's Rants"...
Janice Booth has never been accused of not having an opinion. In her blog, "Jan's Rants," she takes you behind the scenes of what it's like to write a book for National Geographic, how it feels to deliberately scare yourself half to death (over and over); to take (and uphold) a vow of silence in the midst of chaos; explore the true meaning of courage, and more. Funny, thoughtful and provocative, Janice's blog strives at all times to be meaningful, worthy of her readers' time, but occasionally she blows her stack and has to vent. Sometimes, those "Detours" are the best blogs of all!

February 18, 2015: WE’RE MOVING ON!

That’s right, it’s time to say goodbye to this site and hello to a new one!  Go to and join the journey! And here’s the latest blog post — YOUR COMFORT ZONE IS YOUR CAGE.

January 7, 2015: WHAT 2015 WANTS TO STEAL FROM YOU

You can read What 2015 wants to steal from you  on a plain white background. The ugly purple scar on my ankle and shin is courtesy of a mountain biking accident in Utah this spring. I wish I could tell you I was attempting some daredevil feat, but my fall happened at low speed and << Read More


Read  why failure is often better than success on a plain white background Telling children to color inside the lines is a great injustice. It crushes creativity and plants a seed that eventually grows into a toxic fear of failure. If you can’t (or won’t) color inside the lines, you’re branded as learning disabled, willful, or just << Read More