Time for another spontaneous post. For the last 2 years or so, I have embodied spontaneous travel to its core! My mantra was Just Do It. In the summer of 2015, I visited 8 countries in 8 weekends. I showed up in Chile to snowboard in the summer and stumbled upon the Copa finals. I spent my first night in the streets celebrating with Chilenos on their win. I traveled to Belize out of curiosity for the only English speaking country in Latin America and ended up walking across the border to Guatemala where I had the best tasting tacos of my life! Tortillas made to order!
Recently, I experienced a life transition and I seem to be stuck. On one hand, frequent short trips may not be possible as before, however, I am now able to spend more time exploring and have a lot more flexibility as well. Unfortunately, it seems I may have lost my stride.
Every time I go to make plans, I think about all the things I want to get done before I make a move. My mindset has shifted from “get up and go in spite of every and anything” to “cannot get up because of every and anything.” It’s like I have become the people I used to preach to. “Just do it! Get up and go!” I would say. “But I am awaiting a phone call” they would reply. “That’s what voicemail is for” I would counter. “Just do it!”
In general, I find that regret and travel are not buddies. If you truly commit that while on a trip you will make an effort to enjoy yourself, you will not regret it. Your friend dropped out of the trip? Ok. Are the reservations still in your name? Yes? Just do it! Get up and go! Your relationship ended? I am sorry this happened to you and you are in pain. But try this. Pack your bags, book hostels, meet and mingle with people from all over the world. Just do it! Regret, however, will show up if you don’t do it. I don’t regret going to expensive ass Maldives where I spent $80 for a one-way 10-minute boat ride to an island! Let’s not talk about it. However, I do regret not taking the 5-minute walk around the corner to see the Colosseum in Rome because my travel companion and I were having a disagreement.
I think it is time I took my own advice, and Nike’s, and JUST DO IT. The phone call will go to voicemail. The task can wait as it has for the last couple of weeks. But the world waits for no one. She keeps turning and turning. Go out and see the world!