“Travel broadens our perspectives. Suddenly, the palette with which we paint the story of our lives has more colors.”
~ Rick Steves
We are just a few weeks into the new year; 2018 has been swept away by the newness of 2019. Are you still holding strong to resolutions? Perhaps you are simply flowing with the year. No worries. In this sparkly new year, there are still plenty of opportunities to do extraordinary things, break bad habits to start prosperous ones, and engage in life’s novelties.
How will you do this though? When we are looking to do new things, incorporate change into our life, or striving for something we must push ourselves. No one gets anywhere doing the same old thing—especially the same way. That’s insanity! No. We must press outside of our comfort zone and get outside ourselves. This is exactly what adventure allows for.
Adventure frees us to pursue the wonders of the world. To connect with others. To reassess. To grow and discover ourselves. With adventure, we realize that there’s no end to what we can do or learn. The best part, adventures are never boring. They are more than worth taking. They are essential.
Will you jump to take advantage of the 300 plus opportunities to color your life’s 2019 chapter? I certainly plan to. One of the things I’m looking forward to most this year is my travel plans. Since living abroad, I have become more travel-obsessed, looking for that next location to satiate my wanderlust. For the first half of the year, I am determined to schedule a trip each month.
January is reaching its halfway mark and I started the month off back home in Florida on her sunny shores. Next month, I am ecstatic to go on a Zhangjiajie Avatar Mountain Tour and escape to Air Vitamin mountain area. Come March, I will be seeing how to squeeze in Taipei, Seoul and possibly Thailand. In April, I will be gearing up for the Great Wall in Beijing and in May, return stateside to Norfolk, Virginia. Surely, all of these locations will have a story to tell and I can’t wait to see where the rest of the year has in store.
Now, of course, plans don’t always work out. Life happens and the reality of adulthood sets in. There’s work, family, and social life. Responsibilities have their feet right on our coattails. Although I have had the fortune to travel to some great places, I can’t afford to go everywhere my heart desires—at least not yet anyway. I’m sure many of you are in the same boat. So, how will you make 2019 adventurous? Well, you can pursue adventure from anywhere. You want it? Chase it!
You can start with simple day excursions. Take a day to explore your local town. Make it a staycation and check out new developments in the area or a place you have been curious about. Venture to neighboring areas and branch out into bordering cities, states, or countries for the weekend. Work your way up to international travel. Do you have a travel bucket list? Take your pen out now or open your electronic memo book and write down those destinations. Save. Plan. Schedule. Go. Any trip is worth taking. What will happen when you stay home is certain. Once you step beyond your front door, anything can happen; but you will never know until you go.