I was 19 when I got my first taste of solo travel. I graduated from high school the year before and watched friends take the money they got for graduation and use it to buy things like cars and stereo systems. Some were smart and saved it or used it for college, but not me — I took the small amount of money I saved and decided I wanted to travel. I wanted to go somewhere and do something new and different. At the time I was reading a book on wilderness survival, and at the end of the book the author talked about different wilderness survival schools that give you the chance to learn to survive in the woods. There was one course that stood out above the others, the book said it was the most difficult and extreme survival school out there, but not for the faint hearted: The Boulder Outdoor Survival School (BOSS). They would bring you in the desert of Utah for 28 days and teach you to survive with only what you could carry, and that meant no tent, sleeping bag, or stove. That also meant no TV, phone, computer, email, school or work for 28 days. I was all in.