Thursday, May 10, 2012

Travel in my future?

I've thought about it and still do on occasion. Especially with my Blogging buddy Steve that lives near me in Mexico but seems to be constantly on a tour to somewhere. Right now he's on a sea cruise across the Atlantic and into the Mediterranean. Seems like they are lucky to get a day in each port they visit. If I were to travel I'd just get off the plane and start to wander with some kind of plan prepared. A boat full of retired people is not my style altho it's been a long time since I've been out on an ocean.

No ... for some reason the rest of the world does not seem as interesting to me as it once used to. Any place I think I might want to see is either too expensive, too cold or too politically unstable. My age seems to be contributing to a lack of patience with the types of things traveling entails.  I also don't need a vacation ... that's what retirement and Mexico are all about. My yearly trips up north are enough airports for me.

I just ran across this article called "4 reasons traveling is a waste of time" and while I don't agree with all of it ... it makes a lot of sense. Part of the article and link below.

4 reasons traveling is a waste of time

I’m growing sour on travel. I have always disliked it. When I was a kid my parents took us all over Europe and the Caribbean, and it really exhausted me. Now that I’m a grown up, I am better able to articulate why I think travel is a waste of time. Here are four reasons why I think the benefits of travel are largely delusional:

1. There are more effective ways to try new things.

While it’s true that learning and broadening your experience is important, doing that one time is quite different from consistently integrating something new into your life. It’s low risk to try something for a week. Which will make more impact on your life: going to Africa for a week and seeing wildlife and living in the jungle, or retooling your weekly schedule so that you take a walk through your local forest preserve once a week? You will have a stronger connection to the forest preserve than the jungle, and you will have a deeper sense of how it grows and changes and how you respond. So if you hope that travel will change how you see the world, doing something each week to see the world differently will have more impact than doing it one time, seven days in a row.

4 reasons traveling is a waste of time


Starting this Blog so I don't have to post my personal life and trivia in my other Blogs that mainly are concerned with Mexico

The original reason for this Blog has changed a bit towards being political and exposing a few jerks that we run across in the news or in person. Hope some of you find it interesting.