Reminiscing on Times Abroad

It’s coming up on being back in the US for as long as I was gone.  I guess time flies here or anywhere else.  Best that you can do is try to live and take advantage of every day while you can.

The other day someone asked me how I put together all the facets of my adventure.  I was attempting to prepare myself as best I could for something which I had little idea of what to expect. I would say the travel style that I employed was different than many of the other people I met. Many would stay in one country, or region of the map, for up to as long as I was to take circumnavigating the whole globe!  While some did long term trips, others were just on short holiday to a specific location. These differences, though, I think gave me a chance to experience my travel quite differently than anyone else.

In some cases I wished that my time frame allowed me a longer period of time in one place or another, but without pushing myself to wander on, to go farther, I may have missed out on opportunities that I wouldn’t have otherwise had. The wise Mark Twain once said:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

I was discussing the aspects of traveling one day a while back, and I said somethineg that really stuck with me.  I said “there is a lot that i hold on to, and a lot that i want to reach for.”  I think this quality (or maybe flaw) really describes my reasons for needing this trip.  It’s consistently driving me for new experiences, but always reminding me of where I came from.  Actually now that I think about it, it reminds me a lot of a quote by the great hunter Fred Bear who’s picture is hanging on my wall with this quote above it.

“Two things you should never forget, where you’re going and where you came from.”