With spring break on the horizon, feelings of wanderlust have already begun to well up inside of me as I’m sure it has for many other students.
The ability to travel is always something I have cherished and anticipated.
Those who settle in one hometown the entirety of their life or who have never traveled, baffle me because I could not imagine never leaving my own backyard.
For the first 12 years of my life I lived in the same hometown and although I was devastated to leave at first, I have never been more appreciative to experience different parts of the country.
El Paso has its own charm but a lot of us can agree it’s not up there on the travel destination list.
With that in mind, EP is conveniently close enough to Disneyland, the Golden Gate Bridge, Hollywood, Yosemite National Park, the Grand Canyon, the Alamo, the San Antonio River Walk, the Johnson Space Center and the like.
These attractions among others are visited by millions of people from around the globe every year.
I would encourage any person to take advantage of where they live because someday they might not and at the very least, it is still some place new that gets checked off the list.
While I understand budget is a major issue, traveling does not have to mean hopping onto a plane or enduring 6 plus hours in a car.
From the time that I moved to EP in 2012, it took me until 2015 to go hiking and now it is one of my favorite activities.
Day trips or even weekend trips are ideal for El Pasoans who would like to enjoy a “staycation.” Cloudcroft and Ruidoso hiking trails, Carlsbad National Park, and White Sands National Monument are all less than 3 hours away in New Mexico.
Aside from cost, culture plays a considerable role regarding travel or moving hometowns.
People who associate with cultures that revolve around family, value having their extended family close by and oftentimes do not move out of fear, guilt, tradition or complacency.
Not to say that family isn’t a significant part of life and personhood, but it is also crucial to experience the only wonderful world we live in.
As penned by author L. Frank Baum, “If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard.”
On the one hand Baum’s words are true, and on the other, I would dare any and everyone to step past their backyard because visiting new places bring an alternative perspective to the table, high aspirations, and give purpose to the human existence.