Travel is good for the soul. Its very nature forces us to have new and exciting experiences which challenge our minds to grow. Although, it is, unfortunately, not always as stress-free as the photos show. Travel requires extensive planning and can also lead to financial strain. Sometimes, life intercepts our plans making vacations unfeasible. However, giving our minds a chance to escape is necessary. How do we balance this complicated dichotomy? I propose that day trips are the perfect solution.
Day trips are a fantastic way for us to provide ourselves the escape we need without the strain on our bank accounts. They enable us to momentarily pause the fast-paced tempo of our lives. Vacationing for the day allows us to grant our minds a sanctuary amongst a life of constant motion It takes us into a changed environment and alters our daily routine.
My personal experience with day trips has forced me to become such an advocate. Lately, I haven’t been able to travel as frequently as I’d like. The past few months have been a whirlwind of events that left me yearning for a vacation that I didn’t have the time or resources to take. I needed a distraction from my hectic lifestyle. Since I didn’t have time to pack a suitcase and book a fight, me and some friends decided to go tubing down Deep Creek in Bryson City, North Carolina- a mere three hours from home. Tubing only costs about five dollars, so it wasn’t a huge monetary strain, and it only took a day’s time.
The trip was just what I needed- a beautiful escape tucked deep into the mountains and surrounded by monstrous trees that border the creek’s path. As we floated downstream with the freezing mountain water sending us into a whirlwind of fun currents, I was overwhelmed with the kind of peace that I’ve only found while vacationing. I noticed that all the stress the month had brought dissipated with each measure of distance put between me and my home. I was searching for a distraction, and this small trip surpassed my needs.
There’s just something about being in a different setting, isn’t’ there? The unfamiliar air offers a kind of serenity that takes hold of my senses and takes my mind away from its usual worries. The water whisked me into a world of bliss. For a day, I was able to find sanctuary in that beautiful places my mind goes whenever I’m exploring, and that was enough.
There were so many benefits from that day trip. I discovered a new town with people I love and made some wonderful memories with some incredibly fun tubing. It was a perfect reprieve from a sometimes-stationary-life. I had no idea that there were so many exciting things happening so close to my house, and I am confident that with a little research, you will find the same thing to be true. We all need breaks, so take advantage of attractions that are close. Day trips are a wonderful way to keep our sense of adventure while maintaining our hectic lifestyles. This is significantly important for our health and well-being. Take time for yourself or make time for yourself and never stop exploring.