Wow, we just got back from a 2-month journey through Mexico, the Southwest USA, South Florida, and Grand Bahama. We drove over 7,000 miles, and we also rode in planes, trains, and a cruise ship to the Bahamas. We even learned how to practice a form of pranayama breathwork. It was as predicted, an epic summer road trip. Here is a rough outline of our paths. You can click any image to enlarge.
We had a great time, and there was so much that happened, so many insights, that it will all come out in time through various writing channels between the two of us. In the mean time, here are some key concepts, with which I became intimately familiar during our travels!
It was the longest trip I'd ever taken with another person. I discovered many insights about myself, my partner, and what it means to take on the world together, instead of just as a solo traveler. There are so many facets of travel that are radically different when you are only a 50% owner of the experience. For example, if your partner is not willing to do Couchsurfing because of weird dudes trying to have sex, then you will be spending more time and money on hotels. At the same time, the benefits of having a travel partner are clear, because sharing travel experiences with others can be very impactful, and doing it on a longer term can be life-affirming or life-changing .
While I've never particularly been a high roller, there are times when I am willing to throw down the money required for a given experience. One example is visiting Miami Beach, and having a requirement that we stay at an oceanfront hotel instead of having to walk several blocks to the water. Another clear example was a few hundred dollar upgrade on our Bahamas cruise to go from a tiny cabin with no window to a top-deck 2-room luxury suite with full balcony and jacuzzi on my first ever cruise. I will be looking into the analytics and delivering some ideas about these concepts. In the mean time, here's a homework question:
What's the difference between a journey and a vacation?
When I took my trip around the world in 2013/14, if someone said to me, "Have fun on your vacation!" I would reply "I'm not on vacation; I'm on a journey!" Our epic summer road trip was also mostly a journey, but there were definitely some great moments of vacation peppered throughout. All-inclusive, anyone? I managed to even make that a journey by trying to 'include' as much food and drink into my body during our timeframe in the Bahamas. It's up to you to know yourself, and understand the type of travel you seek. Is it a journey or a vacation?