This afternoon I was perusing the web when I happened upon a video from Refinery 29 on the benefits of travel. The video featured a young woman taking on the world, plane ticket and fancy suitcase in hand! While it was a well done video, it immediately made me feel like crap.
My pessimistic mind set off running–I don’t have the money to travel and if I can’t travel, how am I going to learn things? If I’m not learning things, then what am I doing? And how will I ever encounter important life lessons if I’m not spending money on travel?!
Friends, this is absolute bullshit.
I shoved down that negative voice and looked on a different tab on my browser that I left open from the night before. It was for a local trail about 20 minutes away. So I packed up my bag with enough water, applied my sunscreen and headed out the door. Who needed Refinery 29’s fancy video anyway? I didn’t need a plane or money to have fun.
I arrived at the trail and did a quick little hike before I realized I should’ve considered that it was 100 degrees outside. A learning lesson! Check that weather app. I still had fun being one with nature and getting some exercise while I was at it.
Was it traveling to Europe? No. Was it fun? Yes.