Living vicariously through social media is a joy, but when it really boils down to it; you need to physically experience those wonderful moments yourself. Life is about living!
I’ve never been good at this. Traveling is somewhat of a frightening concept to a 22 year old whose never been on a plane. The farthest I’ve been from home is a 10 hour drive away, and in the scope of things … that’s not very far. Do I regret this? Not at all. My journey up until this point has been a focused learning experience and when I do get to travel and experience new cities; it’s the best thing ever. I’m 22! I will remember every single moment. Every cafe and delightful sip of coffee, every eclectic little shop and the nuances that get overlooked when you become all to familiar with traveling (or so I could assume). And now I can experience all of these things with my best friend; my husband. To focus on a goal, ours is currently a one year anniversary trip to travel down the West Coast on the Pacific Highway, and work hard to save for that goal, is exciting. It’s something in the foreseeable future to think of and get excited about everyday.
If traveling interests you and you haven’t done much of it, I would recommend surrounding yourself with people who have. Let them inspire and motivate you through their own amazing experiences. It fascinates me to hear stories from friends who have been to Africa, Spain, the Philippines, and San Francisco. I love it.
I won’t place blame, but being from a small town where everyone is comfortable with where they are and have no interest whatsoever in leaving, you get accustomed to thinking that’s the norm. What’s the point of traveling if you don’t have to?
I am an adventure seeker. I want new experiences to inspire me and keep my mind open to the possibilities of where the next adventure could be. The first time I saw the ocean I was 19. The smell of the salt and the cool gentle breeze, it changed my life. New experiences offer inspiration that you can never find on the computer (I’ve talked about this before) or even in your day-to-day life. Seeing the ocean for the first time I realized how vast and beautiful this world really is, how minuscule our moment in this life can seem and how the urge to do something greater than ourselves can change the way you look at everything.
Are you an adventure seeker? I’d love to hear your stories.