Wandering Eye: Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Started

March 09, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Chiracahua National Monument

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. You can't afford *not* to travel. 
  5. Good travel music is a must. Don't skimp and make it as eclectic as you can. Same goes for dessert.
  6. 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. 
  7. Take part in local celebrations and holidays. The quirkier, the better.
  8. You will feel lost. Often, repeatedly, or possibly without reason.
  9. Bathing suits are overrated and optional.
  10. 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.

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