Why do we travel? Visiting family and friends, escape, learning, connecting or all of the above.
How far do you have to go to ‘travel?’ There is an actual definition for traveling — 50 miles one way for pleasure. For the more curious, there is the art of ‘wandering’ or Life Off The Highway as I call it. To me wandering is,
Finding a place or space that changes your rhythm, moves your feet, clears your head, and touches your soul.
For example, my family and I recently took a 90-minute drive to see Williamsport Falls the second highest in Indiana at 90’. Much of the year it is just a trickle, but spring rains were pouring over the precipice into the canyon below.
These same opportunities exist all around you. Instead of seeking entertainment-value, start focusing on experience-value. The things you do together, see together, and play together don’t need to be big. They just need to be experienced together.Pack lunch for a picnic in a park or dine at a local restaurant. Hike in a nearby nature preserve. Go to a festival. Eat at a church or service organization fund-raising meal. Go watch a high school sports event or attend a minor league baseball game. Take a drive along a state or national scenic byway. Stop to read the historical markers.
One last plea, avoid interstates.
Shun busy state or federal highways, and venture onto Indiana’s back-roads. These are great for a scenic drive, a day trip, or a weekend excursion. These Destinations and Drive-bys create the stories we tell and the memories we share.There is a new community platform called What’s Up 24/7 that is capturing local attractions and points-of-interest and making them accessible to travelers. In the big scheme of the travel industry, these ideas seem small. But, you don’t have to ‘travel’ there, you already live there. The beauty of wondering, and wandering 30, 60, or 90 miles away is all in the experience. It’s not just a new way to travel, it’s a better way.