When I was 24, I joined the ranks of the travel industry. I wanted to get out and see the world and the only way I could think to afford it was to become part of the industry that promoted the one thing I wanted to do!
While it didn’t pay well, the fringe benefits were unmatched. I flew to Europe for $50… TWICE! I spent four days at an all-inclusive resort in Cancun for $130 – including my flights! But it all started with my first trip outside of the eastern seaboard.
When I was working for a corporate travel agency, they asked if I would be willing to fill in for one of their corporate travel agents for a week out in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I didn’t know much about New Mexico but for me, it seemed like an opportunity to travel to the other side of the world. I jumped at the chance.
I arrived early and explored all weekend before settling down to work for the week. But my exploring didn’t stop there. When the work day ended, I got in the car and drove as far and as long as I could, visiting places like Chimayo, Santa Fe, and even a casino where the devil supposedly visits.
When I would arrive at work each morning, the other agents would ask what I had done the night before, living vicariously through me. They admitted they hadn’t seen half the things I had even though they had lived there their entire lives.
How could you not take advantage of such a beautiful place? I thought to myself. But it’s a problem so many people face. They forget to be a tourist in their own town.
Vacation and adventure doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. It can start at home. It’s part of the reason I started my Field Trip Friday series over the summer. Not only did I wanted to get out and learn more about my area, but I wanted to make sure I showed my son that complacency has no place in adventure.
Call it a “staycation” or just local adventure but I bet if you look hard enough, you’ll find adventure waiting just around the corner.
I did the same thing, but got stuck in hotels, bleh! It has given me the opportunity, at times, to travel cheaply and to learn how to get the most bang for my buck. I love doing local adventures too. I missed the last twitter chat, but I’ll be keeping my eye open for your next one!
Mark your calendar – Tuesday, October 7th!! And trust me, I’ve spent plenty of time in hotels (but I always try to sneak out whenever possible!)