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The Road To Success

Allan Karl has tackled nearly every type of challenge in business, life, and on the road. His stories of adventure and lessons in humanity are truly unique, memorable, and entertaining. Explore Allan’s life and travel highlights below to learn more about his journey.

      Top-50 Digital Marketing Agency

      Builds Successful Agency

      Allan co-founded national top-50 digital marketing agency, Wire Stone. He served as Vice President of Creative Services while steering the agency through more than ten strategic acquisitions. Clients included Apple, AT&T, eBay, Hewlett-Packard, Sony, and many other international recognized brands. In 2018, the agency was acquired by international professional services firm, Accenture.

      Sell Everything, Go Overland, Go Alone

      The Journey of His Life

      Even though Allan set out on his journey alone, he quickly realized he was never really alone. He shows how it’s possible to connect with people—humanity—everywhere—even in the most dangerous places in the world.

      The Astounding Kindness of Strangers

      Resilience After Crushing His Leg In Bolivia

      Allan broke his leg while traveling a muddy road high in the Bolivian Andes.They said he’d never continue his journey. The young boys who helped him inspired his determination and perseverance to persist and achieve his goal to travel the world.

      How To Move Past A No (or, Moving Past No)

      Patience & Perseverance at the Syrian Border

      After traveling through Jordan and Israel, Syrian border guards refuse to let him into Syria, ordering him to turn around. For Allan, “no” is not an option. It takes time, but he wins them over with his fortitude, and his strategy of confidence, tolerance, and persistence pays off, and they let him in.

      The Astounding Story of His Quest

      FORKS: The Bestselling Book

      To share his lessons and the truths he discovered, Allan embarked on an other journey—writing a bestselling book. FORKS captured the country’s attention and led to appearances on Good Morning America, NBC, CBS, Fox, and a national book tour.

      A Small Country On The World Stage

      Filming in Iceland and Beyond

      Allan continues his quest to understand unique cultures in Iceland, where he finds incredible passion, community, and resilience on this island country in the North Atlantic Ocean.

      To Every Country In The World

      81 Countries & Counting

      Allan continues his quest to find the most astounding people, countries, and cultures worldwide. Each year Allan rides his motorcycle somewhere new. He then shares those stories of human connection, passion, and personal commitment through his TV shows, YouTube Channel, blog, and books.

      Committing to Change

      Choosing Change For Extraordinary Challenges

      Allan had it all. The company he started was successful and quickly growing, and he was on his way to building a family. But something happened—he made a decision that would change his life forever.

      The Allure Of An Unlikely Connection

      Turning Armed Guerrillas Into Tour Guides

      The Colombian military warned him not to stop. The allure of a majestic waterfall stopped him in his tracks. Moments later, Colombian guerrillas with machine guns surrounded him. Allan thought he’d die. He managed to disarm them with unlikely optimism and a single word. This astounding trick reframed a difficult situation and changed the trajectory of his journey.

      We Share More In Common Than Difference

      Bridging Cultures on African Roads

      From sharing sweets with a 105-year-old man in Lesotho to accepting a gift of tasty caterpillars, Allan shows how recognizing and respecting each other and our differences are the key to establishing a powerful human connection—with anyone.

      Discovering a Universal Truth

      Connecting on the Backroads of the USA

      Allan traveled only the backroads from New York City to Southern California—never the interstate. Crossing the small communities of rural America, Allan found that after over 60,000 miles through 35 countries on 5 continents, people are all the same. We all create the same things: happiness, family, and human connection.

      Lessons From The Most Misunderstood Country In The World

      Filming A Documentary In China

      In “Beyond Borders,” Allan takes viewers through Chinese mega-cities and rural villages, where he peels back the fabric of Chinese culture and connects with artists, musicians, and farmers. Along the way, he shows a different side of this ancient culture.

      Shooting A New TV Show

      A Different View of Mexico

      Commissioned by the Travel Channel, Allan films a full-length television show in the alleys and backroads of Baja California. He takes viewers on a cultural exploration of Mexican food, drink, and people. Along the way, he shows that Mexico is much more than tacos and tequila.

      Sharing the Lessons From The Road

      Keynote Speaking Across the Globe

      Allan shares his extraordinary experiences through captivating stories and powerful lessons of connection, resilience, fear, and change. Be astounding, do astounding things, and recognize what’s astounding in everyone.

      Top-50 Digital Marketing Agency

      Builds Successful Agency

      Allan co-founded national top-50 digital marketing agency, Wire Stone. He served as Vice President of Creative Services while steering the agency through more than ten strategic acquisitions. Clients included Apple, AT&T, eBay, Hewlett-Packard, Sony, and many other international recognized brands. In 2018, the agency was acquired by international professional services firm, Accenture.

      Committing to Change

      Choosing Change For Extraordinary Challenges

      Allan had it all. The company he started was successful and quickly growing, and he was on his way to building a family. But something happened—he made a decision that would change his life forever.

      Sell Everything, Go Overland, Go Alone

      The Journey of His Life

      Even though Allan set out on his journey alone, he quickly realized he was never really alone. He shows how it’s possible to connect with people—humanity—everywhere—even in the most dangerous places in the world.

      The Allure Of An Unlikely Connection

      Turning Armed Guerrillas Into Tour Guides

      The Colombian military warned him not to stop. The allure of a majestic waterfall stopped him in his tracks. Moments later, Colombian guerrillas with machine guns surrounded him. Allan thought he’d die. He managed to disarm them with unlikely optimism and a single word. This astounding trick reframed a difficult situation and changed the trajectory of his journey.

      The Astounding Kindness of Strangers

      Resilience After Crushing His Leg In Bolivia

      Allan broke his leg while traveling a muddy road high in the Bolivian Andes.They said he’d never continue his journey. The young boys who helped him inspired his determination and perseverance to persist and achieve his goal to travel the world.

      We Share More In Common Than Difference

      Bridging Cultures on African Roads

      From sharing sweets with a 105-year-old man in Lesotho to accepting a gift of tasty caterpillars, Allan shows how recognizing and respecting each other and our differences are the key to establishing a powerful human connection—with anyone.

      How To Move Past A No (or, Moving Past No)

      Patience & Perseverance at the Syrian Border

      After traveling through Jordan and Israel, Syrian border guards refuse to let him into Syria, ordering him to turn around. For Allan, “no” is not an option. It takes time, but he wins them over with his fortitude, and his strategy of confidence, tolerance, and persistence pays off, and they let him in.

      Discovering a Universal Truth

      Connecting on the Backroads of the USA

      Allan traveled only the backroads from New York City to Southern California—never the interstate. Crossing the small communities of rural America, Allan found that after over 60,000 miles through 35 countries on 5 continents, people are all the same. We all create the same things: happiness, family, and human connection.

      The Astounding Story of His Quest

      FORKS: The Bestselling Book

      To share his lessons and the truths he discovered, Allan embarked on an other journey—writing a bestselling book. FORKS captured the country’s attention and led to appearances on Good Morning America, NBC, CBS, Fox, and a national book tour.

      Lessons From The Most Misunderstood Country In The World

      Filming A Documentary In China

      In “Beyond Borders,” Allan takes viewers through Chinese mega-cities and rural villages, where he peels back the fabric of Chinese culture and connects with artists, musicians, and farmers. Along the way, he shows a different side of this ancient culture.

      A Small Country On The World Stage

      Filming in Iceland and Beyond

      Allan continues his quest to understand unique cultures in Iceland, where he finds incredible passion, community, and resilience on this island country in the North Atlantic Ocean.

      Shooting A New TV Show

      A Different View of Mexico

      Commissioned by the Travel Channel, Allan films a full-length television show in the alleys and backroads of Baja California. He takes viewers on a cultural exploration of Mexican food, drink, and people. Along the way, he shows that Mexico is much more than tacos and tequila.

      To Every Country In The World

      81 Countries & Counting

      Allan continues his quest to find the most astounding people, countries, and cultures worldwide. Each year Allan rides his motorcycle somewhere new. He then shares those stories of human connection, passion, and personal commitment through his TV shows, YouTube Channel, blog, and books.

      Sharing the Lessons From The Road

      Keynote Speaking Across the Globe

      Allan shares his extraordinary experiences through captivating stories and powerful lessons of connection, resilience, fear, and change. Be astounding, do astounding things, and recognize what’s astounding in everyone.