Adventures - Leon Logothetis
Big Dreams
Big Dreams

Big Dreams

Change A Life With One Click

Big Dreams From LittleThings: Change A Life With One Click

I’ve teamed up with LittleThings.com, home of the most inspiring, uplifting, and engaging content on Facebook and GoFundMe.com, the world’s #1 personal fundraising website for my latest adventure: Big Dreams From LittleThings!
Along with my co-host Roxy Haynes we traveled across the US to meet people with incredible stories of heart and perseverance. By telling their stories we hope to create a movement where little things make big dreams come true.

This is where YOU come in. At the end of each video you will be given a chance to donate to each story’s cause and create a big impact in someone’s life.

Click Here to Visit LittleThings.com

#GoBeKind
#GoBeKind

#GoBeKind

Sparking A Contagious Chain Reaction Of Kindness

 

I’ve partnered with Trivago, the travel company that’s trying to make a difference. Trivago is helping me to travel across the U.S.A. to spark a contagious chain reaction of acts of kindness starting with unsuspecting good Samaritans. Learn more about #GoBeKind here.

Trivago and I share the goal of starting a contagious chain reaction of kind acts. People in need and those who give back should be recognized. I’m asking you to #GoBeKind by performing your own acts of kindness and sharing them on social media with the #GoBeKind tag. I’ll be watching and re-posting the best stories.

Together, we’re making the world a kinder place—I thank you for all your support.

Kindness One
Kindness One

Kindness One

The Adventure of a Lifetime

Sometimes you take a journey, and other times the journey takes you. My trip around the world on a vintage yellow motorbike was most definitely in the ‘journey takes you’ category. You see, I rather boldly (or rather foolishly) set out to circumnavigate the globe on a vintage motorbike fueled by kindness. Anything could have happened. And nearly everything did…

I left my unfulfilling desk job in search of a meaningful life. I set out from Los Angeles on my bike, which was called Kindness One—a little bit like Airforce One but a lot yellower. Incredibly, I made my way across the U.S., through Europe, India, Cambodia, and Vietnam, and finally to Canada and back to the Hollywood sign, by asking strangers for shelter, food, and gas. Again and again, I was won over by the generosity of humanity, from the homeless man who shared his blanket to the poor farmer who helped me with my broken down bike, and the HIV-positive mother who took me in and fed him. At each stop, I tried to find a way to give back to these unsuspecting Good Samaritans in life-changing ways.

My journey introduced me to a whole new world of adventure (the internal kind as well as the external kind), renewed my faith in the bonds that connect people, and inspired me to write about my voyage around the world.  I hope you enjoy reading and watching my adventures as much as I enjoyed embarking on them…

Kindness One inspired my upcoming book, The Kindness Diaries. One Man’s Epic Quest to Ignite Goodwill and Transform Lives Around the World. Available December 2014.

The Kindness Cab
The Kindness Cab

The Kindness Cab

Cash Cab For Charity Across America

I crossed America in a Cash Cab for Charity. I departed New York Times Square and arrived in Los Angeles for the start of World Kindness Week. Upon arrival in Los Angeles I donated the total dollar amount I accrued on my fare meter while crossing America to charity.

I re-traced the route I took in my TV series Amazing Adventures Of A Nobody, which aired on National Geographic, where I crossed America with $5 in my pocket, relying entirely on the kindness of strangers. In my Cash Cab I gave back to the cities and communities that offered me kindness and enabled me to complete my first journey. In each city I offered free rides to strangers, but kept a running total of the local fares I accrued. I donated the total city fares through the nonprofit, ClassWish.org, to fund books for classrooms and schools.

I captured my Kindness Cab adventure through blog posts, photos and videos

Mongol Rally
Mongol Rally

Mongol Rally

The Greatest Motoring Adventure On the Planet

Adventures in Mongol Rally Land Web Series
Six Episodes of My Crazy Journey

mongol_image-600x399THE TRUTH IS, I probably shouldn’t have done the Mongol Rally. Events happened in my first attempt that conspired to nearly rob me of my life. Inches I tell you. Inches. Things happened. Bad things. I had signed up for the famed Mongol Rally; an arduous trek across 10,000 miles of desert, treacherous mountain ranges, and inhospitable territory. All attempted in a car that only your granny would be proud of.

The aim was to drive from England to Mongolia. The reality was that I found myself lying on a hospital bed in a distant land. A broken collarbone and bruised ego in tow. Violent car crashes can do that to you. I never did reach Mongolia. My adventure ended on a Romanian road. My life, did not.

Then I tried again. Something inside of me just wouldn’t give up. I guess I’m was still chasing the sense of adventure lost on that dusty Romanian road my first time around. The sense of accomplishment. The daring. The cultures. The people. Life awaited. Adventure awaited. Mongolia awaited.

DSC1153-SDuring the Mongol Rally I visited 18 countries. I connected with hundreds of diverse people and drove thousands of miles. I teamed up with Firstbook, and for every mile I drove they will donated a book to an underprivileged child. Every mile was a book. Every book was a window into hope. Hope that a child will be inspired to live a full life. Hope that a child can grow up one day and yearn to see the world. Experiencing life. Experiencing adventure. Living outside of their box.

As I make my trek across a third of the world’s surface, I blogged and published videos daily. Be sure to watch my 6 episode online video series, “Adventures in Mongol Rally Land.” When I finally reached my destination of the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar, my life was changed for the better in some small way. And hopefully the 10,000 books had a powerful effect on 10,000 kids. Here’s to hope eternally, my friends.

Adventures in Haiti
Adventures in Haiti

Adventures in Haiti

The Missing Piece in my Global Jigsaw

As I touched down on the tarmac from the early morning Miami flight the heat of Port Au Prince clenched at my throat. I had arranged to be met by a local guide who would take me around. Francois was a gentle fellow, proud to be showing a foreigner his homeland.

We had a plane to catch to Cap Hatien the northernmost city, where the majority of my stay would unfold, but I wanted to take in the sites and sounds of Port Au Prince. I admit to feeling some tension. The warnings about the capital are not easy to digest.

haitipalaceearthquakeAs we drove through the streets we made a brief stop at the presidential palace destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. I felt a shiver through my soul. Haitians are used to tragedy on a biblical scale. Westerners such as myself, not as much.

We completed our day trip in Port Au Prince and I found myself in a small propeller plane. I prayed. For 22 minutes. That seemed to do the trick. We arrived safely in Cap Hatien as the sun started its descent beyond the nearby mountains. This northern city has a different feel to the hustle and bustle of Port Au Prince. A calmer one. I felt relaxed and the tension of the early morning dissipated.

I was looking forward to my few days of exploration….

As morning broke, we found our way up to the town of Milo, which is home to two UNESCO Heritage sites: The Citadel Henry and the Sans Souci Palace. Both built by the only King of Haiti in the early 1800’s. There is only one word to describe the Citadel. Spectacular. It rises majestically above the mountains and the clouds that cover them; its imposing walls a reminder of the ingenuity of the human spirit.

citadelle2To reach the Citadel one has to take a small mountain road with the help of a rather malnourished looking horse. This part of the experience is fascinating as you find your way through local communities. Smiling children running around barefoot. Women washing clothes. And of course the hawkers. It brings you back to nature. The simplicity of life. It connects you with the real Haiti; a rich mosaic created through its people.

Once you reach the top, the citadel beckons and there are sweeping views of the valley below.

Spectacular.

The descent back to Milo and the memory of the Citadel still fresh in my mind it was time for a guided tour of the colonial town of Cap Hatien. If I was expecting a clean and sterile city, I was to be mistaken. Cap Hatien is not clean. It is not sterile. It does however have its charms. The local markets are certainly a site to behold. People selling. Buying. It’s all happening. If you are expecting your local grocery section at Wal-Mart then think again. It’s manic. A mass of humanity heaving and weaving their way through their daily lives. The colonial architecture is also a captivating aspect of the city. I must say it’s a bit run down but you can easily envisage its glory days.

2273062808_e10ae501f6Then it was off to the beaches.

Haiti really does have some delightful beaches. So much so that Royal Caribbean have leased their own private beach called Labadie. There are many more near the city of Cap Hatien to enjoy as well. Beaches that rival any other Caribbean nation has to offer.

You see there is an alternative way to help Haiti. A way that serves two purposes, opening up this country and yourself. You haven’t heard this about Haiti, but when I think about the country I think about the following: happy memores, unique destinations, friendly locals and an ever-attentive sun.

Amazing Adventures of a Nobody
Amazing Adventures of a Nobody

Amazing Adventures of a Nobody

A Life Changing Journey Across America Relying on the Kindness of Strangers

Tired of my disconnected life and uninspiring job, I left it all behind-job, money, home even my cell phone-and hit the road with nothing but the clothes on my back and five dollars in my pocket, relying on the kindness of strangers and the serendipity of the open road for my daily keep. Along the way, I offered up the intriguing and charming tales gathered along my one-of-a-kind journey: riding in trains, buses, big rigs and classic cars; sleeping on streets and couches and firehouses; meeting pimps and preachers, astronauts and single moms, celebrities and homeless families, veterans and communists. Each day of my journey, I caught sight of the invisible spiritual underpinning of society in these stories of companionship-and sheer adventure-that prove that the kind, good soul of mankind has not been lost.