Think Local & Feel Global
Over the past few months I have thought quite a bit about “drop everything and just go”. I know some day in my life this will happen, but after trips to NYC, and the UK this past summer, I can still feel the travel bug creeping around.
Traveling is one of my passions. Seeing new things, meeting fun and interesting people, the overall adventure is a rush. Right now, I am the most content with where I am in my life. I love my job, my friends, my City, and I know now is not the time to drop everything and run away.
It’ll happen when the time is right.
But, until then, i’ve gotta fight the travel bug! There are hundreds, even thousands of adventures I can take locally, and for shorter periods of time that will fill this void. What are they? I’m glad you asked.
I mentioned my NYC Weekend, along with a Nashville and LA weekend scheduled – Weekend getaways are a great way to fight that travel bug. Short, sweet, and much cheaper than the giant Euro Trip. With things like Airbnb, and great rewards programs for airlines, you can still getaway and travel, but at a fraction of the cost, and a fraction of the time. If you have a crazy work schedule, this is a great option.
Chicago is a great city for local adventures thanks to its size and diversity. I started taking neighborhood adventures during the summer of 2013. They are exactly what you think. Pick a local neighborhood you have not been to, or don’t know much about, and go exploring for the day!
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Act like a tourist by asking the locals what the hot spots are, or do some research before your trip. You will be amazed at how many gems you will find just 20 or 30 minuets from your home. If you are in Chicago, and will take a stab at a neighborhood adventure, I suggest wait until the freeze is over.
Live Like an Expat
One of the things I miss most about living in China, is the Expat life. Everything is just so much more exciting. You’re far from home, in a new place, every day is like a new adventure without trying. You can semi fake that in your homeland.
Today I woke up a bit early and headed over to The Glob Pub, to watch the Arsenal game with all the supports. Expats bonding over bangers and mash, and connecting instantly thanks to the Gunners. When you live abroad, it’s great to get a taste of home, and the people today are getting just that.
Hitting up a bar to watch Football with a bunch of Expats is just one example of how you can feel abroad at home. Neighborhood adventures, museum hunting, and general new and exciting things are all options. You have to be the one to put yourself out there, and get creative.
You don’t have to travel 9,000 miles for an adventure, they are around every corner.
P.S. Wig parties are always a good idea if you’re looking for a local adventure.
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