I've had the privilege of expanding my horizons beyond the perimeter of Washington, Missouri. My family and I have journeyed thousands of miles throughout the U.S. to states including Missouri, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida, Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, and many states in between.
We've witnessed firsthand the incredible works of the Lord's hands: massive mountains, vast oceans, and barren deserts.
As we've covered these many miles, I've learned some valuable things along the way. Whether you're traveling 1 mile or 1,000 miles, visiting 1 day or 1 week, these are some things to keep in mind:
Take Pictures You'll only regret the pictures you don't take! Photos allow you to freeze time then relive that moment again in the future. They're a great way to preserve your memories and share them with others.
Power Off After you've captured some pictures, take time to unplug. Turn off your phone, your camera, and your music. Soak up your experience without the distracting stimulation. View the world through your own eyes instead of a camera lens. Don't let social media take away from your experience with its temptations to compare yourself to others. Enjoy the moment for what it is.
Be Spontaneous Don't be afraid to ditch the itinerary and step out of your comfort zone. An opportunity may present itself that's off your beaten path. Consider stepping into those uncharted waters and take a chance. Some of the best memories are made spur-of-the-moment.
Meet New People Make it a point to get to know somebody new. Strike up a conversation with a local, a cashier, or your tour guide. Everyone has a story to tell. Chances are, you'll end up learning something new all while making their day, and yours, a little bit brighter.
Adventure awaits! There is a world just outside your door waiting to be explored. You have so many places to see and people to meet! So what are you waiting for? Get out there!