Recently I was reading some travel quotes and they really started to stir the wanderlust in me.. The deep, yearning desire to set forth on another adventure. I read one quote that said “Your Life Is A Book.. If you don’t travel, you only get to read one page.” It’s just a quote and you can take it however you want, but while the world can seem so small at certain times.. At others it seems so very large, and there are so many places out there to explore. I think about traveling like it’s a drug.. I want to feel my past travel “highs” as if it was a drug’s high that I am chasing. I seem to go through withdrawals when I’m without it, just like a drug..
To me traveling is my drug and it’s not one that I want to quit. I want to chase that next high, and turn the pages on the novel of my life. There are so many pages that have never been opened. So many adventures that haven’t been explored. So much living that has yet to occur.. Each day as I sit in the same place, it truly does feel like I’m stuck reading the same page of my life over and over again. Until, I start my next chapter I won’t wonder in nervous anticipation about what lies around the next corner. The unknown curiosity that awaits isn’t there..
Adventures Put On Hold
Recently I got married. Yayyy me, right? I met a special woman who makes me feel like a very lucky man (will provide more details about my love in a future post). I met her while solo traveling abroad and we are now back in the U.S. Now that she is here, we are kind of stuck where we are because we can’t travel back outside of the country without permission. We have submitted all necessary paperwork and are now just playing the waiting game… while the travel bug bites at my ankles… We look forward to more adventures that we haven’t even dreamed of yet. It’s the excitement of the unknown that lifts my spirit and makes my days abundant with anticipation. For now, we are enjoying the U.S. and most importantly, each other 🙂
However, when you have the travel bug.. When you have an addiction that doesn’t leave you alone, you know that you will want to gravitate back to your drug of choice. I’m so grateful that travel is my drug, rather than the kind that most people think of when someone uses the word “drug”….
Why Traveling Is Your Own Personal Adventure Story
Everybody comes back with unique travel stories that were written just for them. You decide where to go.. When to go… What time you will be there… What activities you will do… Each one of your decisions leads you on a very unique adventure. This is your personal adventure story. It’s 100% unique and it’s 100% yours. It’s like you are living in a dream and your the captain of the ship. Although you are the Captain of your ship, sometimes you sail through foggy waters that you aren’t familiar with. The journey can be scary… The ride may be full of nervous tension and anxiety… The outcome isn’t always (it normally isn’t) what you expected to be and sometimes things just don’t turn out as planned..
It’s the journey that becomes magical. You will discover things about yourself that you never knew before. You will open up parts of your heart and mind that have never been opened before. You will tap in to desires, wants, and fulfillment’s that you didn’t know existed.. You will see life with new meaning and you can’t explain these feeling to anyone who can’t relate. When you speak to those who have embarked on their own personal journey’s, you can just smile as you share stories. While your stories may be different. You share a common bond. You both know…. You both have felt the fiery grips of the drug that won’t let go.
For now… As the immigration legal work moves at a snails pace, I will dream about new sunrises, new experiences, and turning the pages of my lifes novel that I haven’t yet written.
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