You don’t have to go to Paris to take a journey. A journey can be a road trip to another city, a small overnight trip to somewhere not too far from you. Whether it’s money, time or other commitments, you can’t always shell it out for a big trip, but that doesn’t mean you can’t at least take a day-trip or a weekend trip somewhere.
I’m always keeping my eyes out for different things around the state of Ohio, where I live, as well as neighboring states like Michigan, Kentucky or West Virginia. There are some beautiful parks around, places to visit and sites to see. I have a list of places within 5 hours of my house that I can go that I’ve never been. (Or somewhere I’ve been that I wouldn’t mind going back.) You never know when the mood will strike for a little road trip, or just a relaxing day away somewhere different.
Maybe you’re one of those people who hasn’t actually explored what their hometown has to offer. I know a lot of people who have never visited our home base’s museums, good restaurants and other gems. If you haven’t explored your own community, start there. You may be surprised what is in your own backyard. I know it isn’t as glamorous, but I’m a huge fan of being a “tourist of my own hometown.”
I advise everyone to make a list of places that you could visit within 5 hours of your home. It doesn’t have to be grandeur, it just has to be something that peaks your interest. This, believe it or not, qualifies as a “journey.”