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Sarah Jackson: You Are Here…in Ithaca
January 23, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
A common side effect of a bite from the Travel Bug is an increased thirst for adventure. Once you know there are new people, places and experiences out there… it’s impossible to not know that. So most victims of the Travel Bug live in agony until their next vacation (assuming it isn’t hijacked by family commitments), or they become millionaires.
Fortunately, there is a cure.
I, too, suffered from this constant thirst for adventure after a year in the South Pacific. For the two years following, I freelanced as much and as hard as I could to get out of NYC and back into the world.
This wasn’t sustainable, though. I lived without a lease for almost two years, subletting from friends… and crazy people. I only took large pieces of luggage, and avoided my Dad’s calls when he begged me to come get the rest of my stuff stored at his house. (And by “stuff”, I’m pretty sure he meant “shit”). Plus, I was pretty sure they were going to send me to debtors prison. I had to settle down. Strong medicine for a Travel Bug bite victim.
The withdrawal period was not as bad as I imagined, thanks to another side effect of traveling. I was also left with a new sense of curiosity and enthusiasm. If these are the ingredients for adventure, who said I could only cook them up internationally? Couldn’t I make adventures where ever I was and with whom ever I wanted?
That’s where Ithaca comes in.
I tested the “Adventure Everywhere!” theory with a weekend trip to Ithaca last fall. Feeling miserable and locked up in Brooklyn, I was desperate to break out. But I had little play money and not much time. So I set specific parameters about how far I could travel and how much I could spend. Ithaca was only four hours drive away, the foliage was at its peak, and there was an adorable cottage with a view of the lake. No bathroom in that cottage, but they did have a super cute cat… cue adventure.
Unbelievable natural beauty, catching up with old college friends, ridiculous food and kind people… I had an amazing adventure without breaking the bank or dreadful jetlag. My theory was correct! No matter where you are or whom you are with- if you approach that situation with curiosity and enthusiasm, adventure is sure to follow.
Inspiration meets information in You are Here. My story is evidence that anyone can have an adventure- anytime, in any place. Where better to prove this theory than where I proved it to myself…