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Discover Discomfort About Us Dana and Jo Yosemite


That’s the question that prompted us to start Discover Discomfort. We realised we best remembered the times when we were trying to do something challenging and were outside our comfort zones.

That’s what we have to do to stop time: go live somewhere unusual and do it immersively — learning the language and how to live like a local.

But how do we fit it in? We have so much to do! The answer: Do it extremely intensely. And see how far we can push things.

So we’ll see if we can:

  • Learn Arabic fluently in 60 days of intense study, living in Egypt (done, see us speaking Arabic here)
  • Learn Swahili in Tanzania, then volunteer and run distance in Kenya
  • Run in Kenya (here’s the update on our latest)
  • Master the Salsa by practising it (and other dance) daily, living in Central America

And much more. If you join us by email, get ready for a dose of anthropology, language insights and adventure travel.

Hi, I’m Dana!

I learned my first foreign language when I was 20 and haven’t stopped learning new languages and skills every year since. I most vividly recall the years of my life when I was living abroad in an unfamiliar environment, doing something hard and learning along the way. The other parts of my life were a blur. Who wants life to be a blur? This is my attempt to unblur it all by getting back out of my comfort zone. I also blog at my personal website about tech, business, coding and motorcycles.

Hi, I’m Jo!

If there’s one thing I love, it’s being out in nature. I crave unique and beautiful experiences that you only get from really immersing yourself in a place. There is so much that I want to do and learn, and what better way than to focus on them 100% and see how far I can go? That’s why I’m here: for uncommon experiences, beyond my comfort zone and in the amazing world beyond.