July starts this Monday (in the U.S., that is) and I’ll be getting ready to leave for upcoming excursions. While I’m going to keep quiet about where I’m heading for now, I want to use this post to encourage you to get out there too.
Maybe you want to explore Europe by rail or go backpacking through Southeast Asia. Or even trek off the map to remote places (I don’t know if even I could do that). Or perhaps you’re content with seeing more of your home country. To all of you, I say, “Just. Go.”
Doing it? Great!
Can’t. Why not?
It’s understandable that many of us are putting off the idea of traveling right now, or not even considering it. The job market is still shaky, layoffs still happen, and wallets are getting tighter. I know and have met many people who have been impacted by the current economy. And I have been too.
So, why still encourage travel? Well, first, travel is not only about taking week-long vacations or booking a hotel or flight reservation. Or feverishly surfing through third-party search engines for discounts and package deals (well, it’s a good idea). Rather, travel can be about exploring your surroundings or discovering new venues or locations. It’s just that simple.
And also that’s why I decided to name my blog, “She Is Going Places.”
Here are my other reasons for “going”:
– You learn more about the place you live in. How many people actually see much of their town, city, or even state/region? It’s like living in New York City and never going to the Statue of Liberty or Empire State Building.
– You can recharge your batteries. When you’re unemployed or in a rut, being out and about can be good for your well-being.
– You develop a better sense of direction. For me, it’s a work in progress.
– Your self-confidence gets a boost.
– Most often, you can choose where, when and how you want to go.
– Your possibilities are limitless. Going to festivals, shows and other events counts.
– You discover new venues or attractions and/or give longtime places a second look.
– You have a great reason to get together with friends or relatives. (Having someone that is open to trying new things with you is best.) However, don’t be afraid to venture out on your own.
So, please get out there. Thanks.