Okay, maybe I should be more specific. Fun, exciting travel is like improv.
I’ll explain what I mean by that but first we’re going to get a little backstory on how I came to that conclusion.
I.….was born….an actress. *dramatic sigh*
Well, that’s not really entirely accurate. I was raised in theatre, though. At the ripe old age of 5 I was put into dance lessons. I grew up in theatre doing tap, jazz, ballet and later on I also learned pointe work and dabbled with belly dance and hip hop. We did shows multiple times a year as well as parades, talent shows, beauty pageants and a million other events. I grew up surrounded acting,singing, and dance.
I was also raised to love to travel. I was born in Germany and moved to the States when I was around 2 years old. Visited Germany again when I was 8 and traveled Europe at 18 and 21, as well. Domestic flights and road trips around the States were also not uncommon for family visits and adventures with friends.
Enough to the boring ancient history, back to how acting is like improv. In improv you learn to say “yes” to everything. The scene you’re acting out isn’t going anywhere if you have no reaction to the stimuli or shut it down by saying “no.” It’s a quick way to lose options to play off of and the beginning of the end. That’s no fun.
Traveling is the same way. By traveling in the first place, you’re saying “yes!” and moving the scene forward. It doesn’t end there though. Are you saying yes to opportunities that arrive during your travels? Or are you taking the easy out of saying “no” and cutting the scene short?
Most of my favorite stories from traveling were from moving out of my comfort zone and saying yes to new things. I got my first tattoo in Amsterdam after wandering down a side street off the main tourist track, and found fire dancers along the edge of the Seine because we walked instead of taking a cab straight back to the hostel.
There are so many places I’ve seen, people I’ve met and experiences I’ve had because I said yes to going off the beaten path. You never know what you’re missing out on if you cut the scene short and say no to taking a different route. So, say it with me and let’s do something new. Yes.
Until we meet again,