No matter how far you travel from your original starting point, most people discover that there is never enough time to see everything and do everything that you want to do. No matter how often you talk about wanting to visit a new place, it seems like something always gets in the way of your plans. Travelers learn that no matter how well thought out your travel plans are, there is always going to be something that you missed or forgot about somewhere along the way.
During our journey to arrive at this destination, we saw many things that were interesting, informative, and even some things that were scary (like many rattle snake and falling rock warning signs). And along the way, we made stops where we learned of even more places we would have loved to have had the opportunity, time, and money to have explored. It doesn’t matter where you end up, there will always be another place you would like to be. That doesn’t mean we haven’t found joy where we are at, it simply means we realize that the opportunities to learn and see more are limitless. Once you start on the road to traveling, you soon find that you want to see and do more than you ever imagined. Inevitably, someone will ask if we stopped at this spot or that spot and when our reply is “no”, then we end up listening to all the reasons why we should have went there along the way. That would be great if you had an endless amount of time and money but most of us don’t. What is great though is meeting people who have been to all these other places that can give you a good run down of what you might find so that you can make an informed decision as to whether it is something to add to your future travel plans.
Sometimes, we hear of places that sound intriguing only to find out that they are total tourist traps and not all the worthwhile to put a lot of effort into getting to. It doesn’t mean we have totally crossed them off our future to-do list, it just means they drop in priority. The best advice I can offer is to really research your travel paths and make sure you plan on stopping at the really major sites along the way and hopefully you will find out about some of the minor places that are truly worth spending time to find and visit. Don’t be afraid to ask the locals about the history of the areas you travel through because you will learn things that are never taught in any schools.
Also be aware that you have to plan for the unexpected when you travel. You can have the best laid out travel plans but if you’re not flexible, you will create a huge amount of stress for yourself unnecessarily. Life is really short, take advantage of opportunities as they arise and you will live a much fuller life and most likely find happiness along the way.
So if the travel bug is nipping at your heels, do not wait until your too old to enjoy what this world has to offer. Look closely at your life, decide what is truly important to you, then make your travel plans and go enjoy the trip. After all, if you’re not enjoying your life, chances are, your spending your life energy so that someone else can enjoy their life at your expense. That was what set our journey into motion and caused us to be living in a tent in a campground thousands of miles away from the former life we felt we had been trapped in. I know it sounds very radical, but hasn’t freedom always been a radical thought?