I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
I find that when I have not traveled for some time, I begin to get antsy. Hans Christian Anderson called this “outsick”, verses feeling homesick. As a 20-something person with a full time job and too many bills to ignore for long periods of time, I find it a challenge to travel deeply more than once every year. Some year, not even that frequently. Now… I am working on that little problem but more on that later…
Because this feeling of ‘outsickness’ seems to prevail no matter what I do, I am inclined to find other ways to experience travel as often as I can. This afternoon, for example, I am on the train to meet my good friend at the airport. She is here on a 5 hour layover at the end of a quick vacation and we haven’t seen each-other in sometime. I don’t ride the train on a daily basis so leaving work for a few hours and going out to the airport feels different and exciting. No need to get too depressed waiting for the next vacation or extended trip, you can make a journey out of anything!
Once, in high school, a good friend and I were driving to look at a university that was about 6 hours away. By no exaggeration was this one of the more boring, flat and vacant stretches of road we could think of. So, we decided to make the adventure and epic road trip. We took as many redicilious photos as we could, made up completely annoying license plate games and forced each-other to speak with foreign accents. To this day, and that trip was almost a decade ago, I remember nothing about the school we visited but I hold dear the memories (and goofy photos!) from that trip.
As we hustle through our lives, one meeting to the next, one job shift to the next, it’s not hard to slip into a routine. It’s not a challenge to ignore and let events drift by like water over a damn. The difficulty is not even in enjoying the odd ‘day trip’ adventure that come our way, but in recognizing the opportunity itself. If I had stepped into the train, looked out into space, eaten lunch with my friend, and returned to work all with out jotting down the idea for this post, the event wouldn’t have been nearly as enjoyable. Sure, it will be great to see my friend, but would I have enjoyed the entire journey? Probably not. I probably wouldn’t have been miserable either but there in lies the difference. Here was a chance to experience a little adventure, a mini-venture on an otherwise frustratingly routine Monday and I am happy to say, I seized this day and the opportunities that lay with in it.