Everyone is searching for an excuse to escape the realities of daily life. People are bored with their day-to-day lives; that’s why forms of entertainment like books are so popular. These offer us an opportunity to slip out of reality and embark on an adventure in a distant land, far from the comforts of our own homes. For those moments, life is an exciting journey wherever the pages take you, whether it is a great romance in the south of France or a tale of good against evil in a completely different world. These escapes are wonderful, but when the novel is over, the characters fade away. You can read them again and again but the characters are predictable, static. You can imagine what they might have done, or how they are in person, but you will never know. The problem is that the books we read aren’t real. They leave you wanting more when they are over. You yearn to slip into the pages and live among the characters. Obviously this isn’t possible, but don’t despair; there is a way to slide into an unfamiliar place and have your reality transformed into an exciting adventure.
The answer is to TRAVEL. The world is infinitely larger than our minds can imagine. There are billions of people roaming the Earth, each person with a unique story. There are so many different cultures and types of ways to live your life that traveling truly is like slipping between the pages of your favorite novel. There are mountains to climb, ancient wonders to discover, and incredible people to meet. The endless opportunities that traveling offers are just waiting out there for you to explore them.
Planning a trip can be daunting. There are so many locations that you could travel to, where do you start? Before you plan that huge trip, begin the process of spontaneous adventuring. Get off your couch, wake up early on a Saturday morning, and explore somewhere you have never been before. It doesn’t have to be somewhere extraordinary or far away, just somewhere new. Try to just explore anywhere that interests you. This could be hiking a new trail, visiting a new museum, finding a new restaurant, or just anything new. Once you get started, you will start to develop the travel bug, the constant itching for new exciting places. This will help propel you into planning your big trip.
When it comes to a big trip, try to find somewhere that interests you. That sounds like such an obvious statement, but it is the easiest way to narrow down a location. There are so many amazing places in the world, it is really difficult to choose somewhere “bad”. Don’t worry too much about your choice of destination; the important part is that it excites you and that you are going. Wherever you decide to go, you will broaden your horizons, experience a change in culture, and encounter incredible people.
Travel is more than an escape; it is a life changing experience. You never come back as the same person. As you travel, you inevitably learn a vast amount about yourself. You are forced to come out of your shell and boldly step forward into the great, unknown world. This is frightening sometimes but that’s why it is so rewarding. If it were easy it would be in your daily routine.
Close that book and go dive into your own adventure where you call the shots. Visit amazing places, try exotic foods, fall in love, have adventures. Live a life outside of your comfort zone. Look upon the world from a different perspective. Jump on a plane and just go somewhere new. If you are hesitant, or think that it may cost too much money, start somewhere close to home, maybe just a couple hours away for a weekend. The benefits of traveling are overwhelming and it is up to you to start now.