I’ve learned a few things on this years trip to New Zealand. I’ve found that most situations can go one of two ways. You might call it a fork. A mental “T” junction where you can go “Right”, down the predictably comfortable path of the well traveled trail. Or take a “Left” onto the road less traveled to new and unexpected experiences.
Traveling is the pursuit for something different. No matter how you slice it. The underlying motivation to jump in a plane, train, or car is simply that lure of something new. A drive to escape the predictably mundane. Take the unknown, apply physical and/or emotional investment and … Boom! You have yourself the makings of a memory.
…. Unpredictable Adventure.
Naturally I found myself taking more lefts than a NasCar driver, as the goal of the trip was to peel back the layers and see the many sides of New Zealand’s personality. For the first time, I packed a small notebook, for no reason other than to throw the odd random brainwave on the page whenever it fit. A sort of physical archive of the trip. Nothing long or lengthy, usually just a few scribbled words. It’s now been 3 months of scratching and with my flight back home on the doorstep I took a scan through it. I quickly found myself reading my own wayward account of firsthand traveling “do and don’ts”, decision makers, a sort of guidebook to one hell of a Southern Hemisphere Adventure. Granted everything is pretty general so I figured I would begin to roll them out on here under “Tips for Unpredictable Adventure”… Fantastic headline aside I hope you guys might find them useful.
Tip to Unpredictable Adventure #1: If you are looking to get lost, don’t stay in places you can be found.
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