Use This 1 Simple Travel Hack to Make Your Life More Fun
Thought there was nothing you learned in freshman year physics that would be useful in life? Think again! The one simple hack that will make your life more fun goes back to basic physics.
Let me explain.
Newton’s First Law
“An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.”
What can Newton’s First Law teach us about living a more adventurous life?
This law dawned on me the other day while I was writing about our trip to Puerto Rico. Hillary and I have both found that when we are on a trip, long or short, we tend to be more willing to drive/commute distances that we never would think of doing while we are not on vacation. For example, this past weekend we flew up to Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore airport is a little over an hour away from downtown DC where we were staying.
After fighting the crowds all day on Saturday, we really weren’t looking forward to walking around museums with 5,000 middle school aged kids…Can you blame us?
(As you’re reading this, keep in mind that although I like to travel, I generally don’t like to be out and about/on-the-go all that much!)
So instead we decided to leave DC and drive to Annapolis, Maryland! We weren’t disappointed! Annapolis was only a 35 minute drive outside of the city so this wasn’t really too much out of the way. However, feeling as though we had not been adventurous enough thus far, I decided that we should visit the great state of Delaware!
Driving to Dover, Delaware was essentially another hour in the wrong direction, but we thought it would be cool to visit another State Capital, so off we went!
After a quick stop in Dover to see the Capitol building and to grab lunch, it was time to head back towards the Baltimore Airport. The smart person would just look at a map and go back the fastest way possible…especially considering that thus far Delaware had not proved to be particularly scenic…Sorry Delaware!
Well, I am not a smart person so we did not take the easy (smart) way home! We drove north of Dover towards Wilmington until we were able to finally cut southwest towards Baltimore. Ultimately taking this route did not prove to be any more fun than driving back Annapolis, but the potential for adventure was still there!
But what does all of our unnecessary driving have to do with you and Newton’s First Law?
As we were taking this trip, I had the overwhelming thought that we would have never driven that much in one day if we weren’t on a trip. When we are away from home it is easy to be in an adventurous mindset. We are already up, moving around, and willing to explore our surroundings, so why not drive a little out of the way while we are at it!?
Conversely, while we are at home, particularly on a Sunday, we are usually pretty sedentary. Outside of running a few errands in the morning and going on a short walk, we try not to do too much.
Newton’s First Law, that’s why!
Even though Hillary had a sinus infection the entire DC trip, we have never (not yet at least) taken a trip we regretted. Sure, some trips are more fun than others, but there is no way to know what a place is like until you discover for yourself. On the other hand, as restful as lazy weekends are, they never seem to give us the same jolt of energy and life that an adventurous trip does.
If you are feeling stuck, bored, and tired of your everyday routine, begin with a small step that will get you “moving”. Let this posts be the unbalanced force that accelerates your life! You don’t have to quit your job and move to South America to live a more adventurous life! Where can you drive to that’s within 30-60 minutes of your house? It may not be an exciting location. In fact, it probably won’t be (Dover certainly wasn’t exciting). You cannot see all of the beautiful things this world has to offer unless you are willing to get up, get moving, and discover EVERYTHING the world has to offer!
Keep it Kinetic,