The first trip I went on was to Austin, Texas. Most peoples’ first inspiring trip is a three-month adventure in South East Asia, but for me, Austin Texas was enough. I realized when I landed after the 3-4 hour flight that it was the farthest I had ever travelled. I didn’t study abroad, have a gap year, or go on a Euro-trip post-graduation vacation, so it was a big deal for me. When I told my mom that I was going to Austin, her only response was “why?”
The answer I had for her was, “why not?” I’d always wanted to see what was beyond Southern California and Austin seemed like a good spot as any to start. A coworker of mine at the time (who is now one of my best friends) had a friend who went to the University of Texas, Austin and said how fun of a place it was. I’d been waiting for someone to be willing to go on a trip with me forever, and when she brought it up I jumped at it. So in the last week of December, we booked our trip for Valentines Day. I didn’t research the city or plan where we were going to stay, just booked a flight.
Inspiration to travel lies everywhere around us – from a simple conversation with a coworker to a subway ad on a miserable Monday morning. Sometimes we need to go on a trip to get away, and sometimes we need to leave to find ourselves again. Sometimes its a simple as just needing to laugh next to a different ocean.
We all have different things in life that motivate us with our different paths to happiness. What motivates me is to see and do as much as what this life will allow me. There hasn’t been a travel opportunity that I’ve turned down. I went to Barbados because it was cheap, but loved it for its extreme waves and generous locals. I went to Colorado because my friend’s favorite band was playing, and loved it for its copper sunsets and vast blue skies. Opening up to the world’s possibilities and allowing yourself to flow into the opportunities brings inspiration everywhere you go. And once you have that inspiration, its just a matter of buying a plane ticket – because wanting to see the Mississippi or the Eiffel Tower or even something as simple as English bacon, is not a desire thats easily quelled.
I’ve wanted to go to Bali since my freshman year of college when a professor talked about the lessons of entering a bat cave. Imagine that? I’m inspired to see one of the most beautiful and popular island in the world because of a story about a bat cave.
More often then not, inspiration is there. The key to finding it is being open to it. Our world is made up of influence from places outside of our vicinity. The inspiration to see those places is a simple matter of seeing that they exist. Turn the TV on, chat with your barista, listen to the accents of those walking down the street, or take a look at my Instagram 🙂