Most of the travel I do is for the discovery what is unknown to me.
I travel to learn about other cultures, enjoy their uniqueness and discover what is unique about my own in the process.
I travel to better understand history, geography and their implications. And, I travel to challenge myself physically – mostly by hiking.
But, sometimes I travel for no other reason than to have fun – and I’m not talking about resorts, cruises or theme parks. I’m talking about trips that take me to play like a kid.
Travel Solo for Pure, Childlike Fun
When I travel, I tend to live more in the moment (as a child does) than when at home. However, I’m still letting my head lead. It’s working to navigate new cities and landscapes and negotiate new cultures. So, just living in the moment is not enough to recapture the pure fun of a child.
Fortunately, I find this kind of fun on occasion. Skiing is high on that list. But, at the top of the list is body surfing. Where I did it most recently was in Tofino, British Columbia.
Sometimes It’s Hard to Dive In
I stood at the water’s edge watching the kids have so much fun riding the waves into shore. And yet, I hesitated to go in myself. What was stopping me? I’d done it as a child so I knew that it was easy. I didn’t need anything other than my body to do it. Yes, the water was cold but not that big a deal.
I don’t recall what eventually changed my mind and got me to dive in, but I am so glad I did. I body surfed every day I was in Tofino after that.
There is plenty more to do in Tofino: whale watching; hiking; fishing; golf… But please, if you go, try body surfing.
My Question to You
When have you cast aside adult boundaries to dive into childlike fun?
What was the activity that did it for you?