Saint Augustine said, The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page. These days travel for most is synonymous with taking a week or two off from the daily grind in hopes of capturing an experience that makes working the rest of the year worthwhile. We call these breaks vacations, and there is nothing wrong with them! In fact, vacations – although fairly short periods of time – can be amazing catalysts for seeing life in new and exciting ways, not to mention relaxing and fun. Of course because they are time-limited, we tend not to disconnect from life back home and instead bring our grind with us in the form of emails, cell phones and Skype. As a result, vacations don’t really get us out of the box, they just allow the lid to come off for a time.
If you want to read past the first page as Saint Augustine suggests and step out of the box, then extended travel is necessary. In what many consider the bible of long-term travel, Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel, Rolf Potts defines vagabonding as:
An extended time-out from your normal life – six weeks, four months, two years – to travel the world on your own terms Vagabonding is not a lifestyle, nor a trend. It’s just an uncommon way to looking at life – a value adjustment from which action naturally follows.
While vagabonding will always appeal to the young, single and fancy-free, it turns out many families are trading in the grind for a life of adventure and learning, using the world as a classroom. And as you might imagine, many blog about their experiences, like Jason and Kerri from Travel Junkies. We especially enjoy living vicariously through their posts as they are fellow Oregonians!
The image today of wide-open fields is dedicated to all those who leave the nest, read past the first page, step out of the box and go in search of grand adventures.