Wandering Eye: Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Started
Chiracahua National Monument
- Your world will expand and contract quickly and often. Embrace it. And, if you're Type A, you'll keep pushing rocks up a hill until you figure out how to surrender to new experiences.
- Your friends and family will often express a mixture of envy and misapprehension. And many times they won't understand your need to travel - at any cost. With all of their good will, they will still inadventantly saddled you with their travel fears.
- Maintain your journal or start a new one. Everyday can fly by so quickly and even if you're 'leaving only footprints and taking only memories', it pays to have a reminder. Not just to share but to reflect on year after year to examine you've come from and where you've been both literally and figuratively.
- You can't afford *not* to travel.
- Good travel music is a must. Don't skimp and make it as eclectic as you can. Same goes for dessert.
- If you're a night owl, try getting up early for a week. See how the other half lives. Alter your perspective. And vice-versa for early birds.
- Take part in local celebrations and holidays. The quirkier, the better.
- You will feel lost. Often, repeatedly, or possibly without reason.
- Bathing suits are overrated and optional.
- Epiphanies - don't expect them. At least not immediately. Good travel is an assault on the senses and you can be too addle-brained to really absorb and digest the wonder immediately. Savor then reflect.
San Simeon Beach
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