One of my New Year’s Resolutions this year was to dedicate myself wholeheartedly to travel, not only miles and miles away, but here at home.
Whether I spend an extra moment of my day appreciating something in my home town or taking a short 30 minute drive to a neighboring place to go book-shopping, I treat my days like I’m exploring someplace new.
I noticed, while flipping through photos on my phone, that there are gaps in my story, long stretches of time where I haven’t felt the need to document a single thing. What I love most about traveling is the spirit of adventure that pulls you from place to place– the realization that every place you stop to eat, or drink, or sit is someplace new. You take the time to look at the wallpaper of restaurants and stare up at unfamiliar buildings and read about their history. Why don’t we pay that much attention to the things we see and do every day?
What makes a trip to a tea-house more important in Russia than Massachusetts?
This last month, I’ve gone out of my way to explore new places around home; a tourist in my own town. I’ve spent afternoons sipping tea and eating scones in Northborough and taken trips into Wellesley to check out a popular bookstore and get lunch with a friend. Just like when traveling in another country or another state, the daylight hours tick by quickly and I crawl into bed tired and content with the day’s events.
Today I tried my first acai bowl and spent a day playing F***, Marry, Kill with one of my best friends. We listened to music from all around the world as we went, describing the scene that would be playing out on screen should those song find their place in a movie. You know it’s been a good day when American Author’s Best Day Of My Life could turn the days photos into a killer montage.
“I promise, I just need to run in and buy one book” turned into a sixty dollar charge on my credit card and a new stack of travel memoirs to dive into whenever I find myself missing foreign cities.
“I swear, I won’t change the song this time” turned into a Bollywood music sampler pack, though it’ll take further listening sessions (to the complete tracks next time) to determine any new favorites.
Though I plan for my next adventure abroad, I can’t lose track of my time here at home.
There’s so much to explore in your own backyard if you only take the time to pull up your hair, tie up your favorite shoes, clear up the lenses of your biggest pair of glasses and step out the door.