My Brain on Traveling


Instead of being at my desk, I’m sitting in a booth at the Twilight Diner on the side of some dirt road in Pennsylvania. I’m coming home from a short road trip to Rhode Island, and I have a specific destination in mind as I continue on my ten hour journey back to Latrobe, PA. While being in the passenger seat watching trees with leaves of orange and red go by, listening to John Lennon’s “Imagine” and “Grow Old With Me”  for the past three hours, I had a realization that traveling is my favorite hobby and that everybody is always going somewhere.

Whether it be to the grocery store or across the country, nine out of ten times there’s an objective to be had. However, this end goal doesn’t have to be a specific place. For some people they aim to go out and find themselves. Every day, thousands of cars are on the road, and they’re all going somewhere. I wonder where they are heading? Are they going far or staying close?

For as long as I can remember, I have always found traveling to be relaxing I think it can give you a new perspective on things. I left early this morning with a mapped out plan as to where I would end up. But, what if I didn’t? What if I got in the car and just drove with no destination in mind? Where would it lead me? What roads would I take? Would I go with the flow of everybody else, or go on the path less taken?

Each road takes you to a new world, both physically and mentally. Yes, you are physically in a new place when you’re traveling, but mentally you’re experiencing something you’ve never experienced before. When you’re on the open road traveling to nowhere, you find out who you really are, what you can really do.

For me, I found a deeper appreciation for the land that we take advantage of every day, I found out that I can actually make a change in this world. I figured this out about myself when I was taking time to travel to nowhere and not worrying if I would miss an exit or make a wrong turn. Sometimes it’s not about the roads you take, but where the road take you.

I think everybody in their life needs to take time and just travel to nowhere specific, to take a look at the world around you and get a new perspective. To look up from your phone and actually see what has been created. Take the time to actually find out who you are and what you can do.

Next time I’m on the road, I won’t be asking myself “I wonder where this road could take me?” I’ll be asking “What will this road show me?”