I took a walk along the beach over the weekend. I was alone and all I had were my thoughts and my headphones. As I walked along the familiar path that I’ve taken a few times before, I continued further and further until I walked further along the beach than I have ever walked before. And at that moment, I realized that I had recreated a feeling that I usually only experience when I am solo traveling.
One of the things that I love so much about traveling is wandering a city and either listening to the sounds of the city or the music through my headphones. It always provides a calming experience for me and brings me to a place of complete happiness. Whenever I walk through these places I’ve never been before, along streets I’ve never walked before, among people I may never see again, I am calmed by what I am experiencing. It always beings a smile to my face and puts everything in perspective for me.
As I walked along the beach, past the piers that I’ve walked along multiple times and realized that I was going further than I have walked before, I just kept going. I wanted to see how far I could go, I wanted to see where it would take me and what new sights I would experience. I wanted to see if I would find any treasures at the end of my journey. And this is usually a thought process I only have when I’m traveling. When I wander another city, I find myself walking miles upon miles because I’m so curious as to where my feet will take me. And, on this walk, that curiosity got the best of me and kept me going further and further.
That feeling that I had as I walked along the beach, I realized that there’s so much of this city I need to explore. It makes me really happy that I have found a way to recreate that sense of happiness and now I want to wander everywhere both at home and away.