Go To The Edge (Travel Bucket List)

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You may be comfortable where you are right now, comfortable with the people around you and the familiarity of your own city, but I cannot emphasize enough the importance of traveling. It should be on everyone’s bucket list. Whether it involves spending several days in another continent, backpacking in the country with friends, or just getting outside the city and going on a road trip with family, every adventure is worthwhile. When exploring new ground and trying new things, all other burdens seem to slip away, and a therapeutic contentment often follows as a result of a diminishing preoccupation with oneself. Do not be mistaken, I do not see traveling as a method for escaping life, but rather I see it as a method to ensure that life does not escape me. In my eyes, it has nothing to do with gear, the backpacking fads, or even with getting from point A to point B. No, the beauty is in the walking. Traveling is about the discovery of new cultures and ideas in foreign lands and about meeting new people everywhere you go. It’s about the feeling of letting go and doing things differently than ever before. It’s about jamming a stick in the spokes of your routine, and it’s about finding a place that feeds you—creatively, socially, spiritually, and (of course) literally. In a strange way, it’s a lot like falling in love, mostly because it provides a heightened state of awareness that is undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. So don’t waste your wildness, because it is precious and necessary. There is no app for that. What is wild cannot be bought or sold, borrowed or copied. There is so much to see, and not nearly enough time to witness it all, so travel wide and far, travel boldly, and travel with full abandon. Perhaps you dream of visiting seven continents or standing on top of a tall mountain. Narrow it down to a specific country or better yet a region or a city. Wherever it is that you dream of going, do not let price, language, or distance keep you from taking your first steps in that direction. Make a new path, travel the extra mile, go to the edge.

 

Travel Bucket List Ideas:

Visit one of the modern wonders of the world

Travel by camel

Touch sand and snow within one day of each other

Throw a dart at a map of your country and go to wherever it lands

Venture out on a safari

Get a picture in front of ten different state welcome signs

Camp out in a national park

Backpack across a continent and keep a travel journal

Take a week long road trip with friends

Drive out to the mountains for a mountain-biking trip

Get your motorcycle’s license and map out a roadtrip with another friend

Sign up for a mission trip in a third-world country

Photograph and document your travels through the rainforest

 

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