They say the largest investment the average person makes is in their home. Let’s face it, it’s a pretty expensive endeavor. It costs a lot to buy, it costs a lot to make payments on, and heck, it even costs a lot to get rid of. But money aside, it’s also where we keep all our stuff. The stuff we use every day, the stuff we use once a year, and the stuff we never use. We decorate the interiors and landscape the exteriors. A house is a huge thing.
So the way I look at it: if I’ve invested thousands of hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars into something this immense: why would I want to leave it? Seems reasonable that I would want to spend as much time as possible there. And did I mention it’s where I keep all my stuff?
For someone who doesn’t like to leave home, I sure did a lot of it in 2017. Almost to the point where I feel bad for people who do like to travel and don’t get the chance.
“Why don’t you like to travel?!” cried the whole wide world. “We don’t care how much it cost or how much stuff you have, you should leave your house once in a while like a normal person!”
Yeah, yeah. I get it. Many people aspire to travel and to “see the world” so to speak. For me, travel just brings general discomfort. It’s a lot of moving around. And having to meet timetables. And uncertainty. It comes with mild but noticeable anxiety triggers. And living out of a suitcase. Plus, much like a house, it’s expensive. So you can see how someone who likes their house and likes to not spend money might have an issue with something that’s the complete opposite of all those things.
Fortunately, once I’ve arrived and I’m not moving around or packing or thinking about money or where I have to be next, I will admit I can enjoy myself while on the road. And there’s some merit to seeing things and experiencing things first hand. There’s only so much the big LCD rectangle in the living room can convey.
But maybe the best part of traveling is it gives me something to write about. Now, I won’t go so far as to call this A Plan, but look for a number of travel-related posts this year. Posts that I will write from the comfort of my own home. Ahhh…