I haven’t traveled or explored as much as I wanted to. I traveled more than some but not as much as others. I am blessed to have traveled as much as I have. Something inside me feels restless. Wanderlust has me aching to travel. I need to feed that urge as it may be good for my soul. I yearn to explore new places.
Traveling to the same place in a different moment in the timeline creates new experiences. Time turns an old place new. I’d like to return to some of the places I visited when I was a child. I want to see these places with a new set of eyes. I want to go west and re-experience Yosemite National Park, Las Vegas, South Dakota, and and everything between Lake Michigan and the Pacific Ocean.
I miss bombing down a wet country road in Ireland on a bicycle. Rain pours down on me. The road is sketch. It was one of the few times I the most I felt alive. Her countryside is beautiful and I want to meet her neighbors. My brother tells me Spain is gorgeous riding. I continually see photos of Tuscany. I think Italy is flirting with me and asking me to visit her.
In high school, I wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail. I ordered an expedition pack from Moosejaw with dreams to hike that trail. I never gave myself the opportunity to do a thru hike. I think I need to make that time. It doesn’t have to be the AT.
I continue to put it off for later but I may not have the chance to travel and explore the way I want to in the future. Priorities change. Circumstances won’t allow the traveling and exploration that I want to pursue. Life is unexpected and short. I might not have the time to explore later. My body and mind might not allow me to go on my adventures on the terms I want to do it in the future. Things can change in an instant.
I need to stop making excuses and let obstacles get in the way of traveling and exploring now. I put it off for various reasons: school, work, lack of money, lack of companions, lack of time, etc. I can make the time to explore. There’s more freedom traveling solo (but less photos of me). Money can be made, set aside and budgeted. Work in this weird in between place right now. School is done for the foreseeable future. All I need to do is make traveling and exploring a priority. Once I make this a priority in my life, where do I begin and how should I go about exploring?
I feel like a lot of people want to explore the world yet they haven’t explored and understand the intimate details of their backyard and the world around them. I am one of those individuals. I dream of foreign lands, big road trips, and the wilderness but I haven’t explored my backyard. There has been one reason or another why I haven’t gone exploring or being a traveler in my own land. Also, many people travel from many areas around the globe to spend their vacation in the Chicago region. It’d be nice to join them. It’s time to correct this errata in my life. I think this is a good place to start. There is a big backyard for me to explore in the Chicago region.
The Chicago Wilderness waits to be explored. Portions of the original wilderness have been miraculously preserved due to unusual circumstances and action of concerned individuals. Other parts of the wilderness are being rehabilitated or restored. people speed by with their busy lives and miss many natural gems in the Chicagoland area.
Chicagoland is like the girl (or boy) that you grew up down the street that you want to know better. You know her because you live on the same street, share the same friends, and shared the same social environments but you never got to know each other. She seems to be a nice girl and you want to get to know her better. She’s a diverse and eclectic girl that I want to spend time with and get to know.
The beauty of living in the Chicago suburbs is it’s eclectic mix of cultures from around the world. I can travel around the world within eight miles of me by eating at the Pakistani restaurant across the street from my home, American food down the street, Polish food on Milwaukee Avenue, and a five minute car drive to a good Korean restaurant. Do you want to explore the Middle East food or Greece? It’s only minutes away from my home.
I also want to spend time in the Chicago countryside. It’s only about an hour away from the city’s core. It’s a change of pace and scene from the urbanized areas of Chicago. The sea of agriculture goes as far as the eye can see. The roads are open and free.
Three major highways crossing the Chicago region, Lincoln Highway, Old US Route 66, and Dixie Highway shaped how the United states traveled and connected the country. I want to take a road trip on Lincoln Highway and Old US Route 66. Lincoln Highway connected the coasts to enable people to explore the country and lead the way to other great interstate roads. Route 66 made the great American road trip into an iconic adventure. I plan on driving the full length of Lincoln Highway to explore a portion of the United States and take Old Route 66 back home to Chicago. It will an amazing way to see this grand country I live in.
I’m setting aside the time and resources to make traveling and exploration a priority. I’ve decided to start in the region around my home. When you give yourself a chance to explore near your home, what will you do where would you like to go?