One of the things I both really love, and also kind of hate about being a traveler is that I now value my hometown a whole lot more. I love it because Colorado is freaking sweet.. seriously it's amazing.. it's ridiculously beautiful, there are 300 days of sun per year, the air is clean, the sky is almost always a perfect vibrant blue, and the people are casual, fit, and friendly.
What's not to love?
I hate it because up until the moment I decided to leave my lovely home, I did not appreciate it nearly as much as I should have. I took my perfect Flatiron Mountain view for granted, I assumed that everywhere in the world had such clean, breathable air, and I wasn't even halfway thankful enough for those beautiful sunny days. You know that saying, you don't know what you got till it's gone; unfortunately, it is extremely true. Don't mistake me, I do not regret leaving - I actually count it as one of my best life decisions to date - but the things I miss the most, are also those that I most took for granted.
Living in Korea, every weekend I think to myself: Where can I go? What can I do? When is the next discovery, the next exploration? In Colorado, I was all, "Ugh. I'm tired. I'm going to watch Netflix". Which is just criminal!! There is so much to do and see in Colorado, as well as the surrounding states, but I just never took advantage of it. In my head, it had always been there, and always would be there. Now, I always think: Damn, I surely did waste a lot of time eating Spicy Nacho Doritos on my couch, when I could have been eating Spicy Nacho Doritos on a 14er, or Garden of the Gods, or the Great Sand Dunes, or in Moab, or hell, I could have even been in the Grand Canyon. But I wasn't, because I was being lazy and unappreciative. I always thought that I would do those things "someday", but that word is a trap that will keep you from ever achieving your dreams if you aren't careful.
Travel has taught me not to waste my time, to see each day for it's infinite potential.
There is always something new to do, and something new to see. It might take a little more effort than walking from your couch to the fridge and back; however, it's SO much more worth it.
Another thing that always got me was, "Well that'll cost a lot of money." That's some straight-up nonsense right there! I was always working at least two jobs the whole time I was in university: I had the money, but I was either hoarding it, or spending it on the wrong things. Travel has taught me not only to simplify my life, but to prioritize experiences over things. For one, money in the bank is no fun. I'm not saying you should not save at all, because you definitely should, but don't be curmudgeonly about it - you won't remember that week that you were running above budget.. You'll remember that week when you didn't something fucking awesome! As to spending it on the wrong things, clothing (and books) were my Achilles heal. I will never apologize for books, but as to clothing... Yes, that dress is hella cute. But now I think: This $40 could buy me a night at a hostel, a day's worth of food, and even a beer or two in some countries.
That $40 could buy me a memory...
Rather than something I don't need and that will absolutely be forgotten in 20 years.
The main point is this. You don't have to be a millionaire to make memories, and you don't have to cross an ocean to have an adventure. You can be a traveler no matter where you are. Just take a good long look at the world around you, because no matter where you are I promise there is potential: somewhere you've never been and something you've never seen. Adventure is a state of mind friends! So go out there, and get at it :)
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Enjoy the beautiful view!