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The Time Value of Travel

Miriam Amdur, iBBA 2019

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There is an entire industry that attempts to help people find themselves, but quite frankly, no one really knows what “finding yourself” even means. The bestselling self help books at Indigo all recommend similar things; eat clean, try a juice cleanse, exercise. That all seems very logical, but I have a hard time believing that running on a treadmill and drinking carrot juice will bring me immense joy.

You may be wondering; why do I need to find myself? When did I lose myself? However, as cliché as it may sound, the first step to finding yourself is losing yourself, and one of the best ways to lose yourself is through traveling.

Travel time is invaluable. As we get older we’ll probably become consumed with things like diapers, which will make going on a world wide adventure seem extremely frivolous. So, whether you’re ready to pull an “Eat, Pray, Love” or go on a fabulous trip to a neighbouring town with your best friends, here are some of the best places to lose yourself.

  1. Reykjavik, Iceland

Visiting Iceland has become popular in recent years because Icelandair allows you to stop over in Iceland for free on the way to Europe. My best friend and I are planning a trip to Europe this summer, and when she suggested we stop in Iceland, I was a little bit skeptical because I just imagine it as a cold place with little civilization. However, after a little research, I realized that Iceland is a nature lover’s dream. It’s home to lavish hot springs, volcanoes, mountains, and perfect places to go hiking and find inner peace.

  1. Sorrento, Italy

I visited Sorrento two years ago, and I was charmed by the beauty of the Southern Italian Coast, and of course the cuisine. Staying in Sorrento will allow you to easily travel the Amalfi Coast, explore the historic ruins of Pompeii, and even stop by the island of Capri. The beauty of the region will only truly sink in when you leave, and when you start missing the gelato and fresh seafood.

  1. New York, New York

New York may not seem like the ideal place to lose yourself, as it’s busy and full of tourists. But, if you’re ready to live like a local, restaurant hop, and explore the little corners of the city, then this trip can be magical. To fully enjoy New York, I think you need to avoid the busy tourist attractions because they’re kind of overrated. Instead, just roam the streets and parks like you have all the time in the world. From experience, I know that there is nothing more liberating than standing on top of the Brooklyn Bridge and watching the New York skyline with your best friends.

 

The list can go on forever, but travel time does not. So make sure to take the time to become captivated by the world, because you never know when you’ll get the next chance to hop on a plane and dance in the streets of Argentina. Just make sure you have enough money left for retirement.

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