I consider myself a native San Diegan. Although not born here, I have basically been raised here my entire life. With the exception of a trip here and there to Vietnam and Orange County to visit relatives, I never really traveled outside of San Diego, let alone California. I was 23 the first time I even went to Northern California. Therefore, change has never really been that easy for me.
Living inside my comfort zone was really all I knew how to do and only until recently did I decide that I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life in this so called comfort zone. Although this zone was routine and safe, I also didn’t risk anything in this zone and therefore, didn’t gain anything. I was tired of waiting for the perfect time to do something and I came to the realization that sometimes, there really isn’t a perfect time to do something. You just build up the courage to take the leap and hope for the best.
This is how I ended up in New York last month…on vacation. Visiting NYC has always been on my bucket list, but I’ve always been scared of traveling alone. It gives me a lot of anxiety having to figure out transportation and I fear I’ll get lost and never be able to find my way back.
I had this silly notion growing up that once I’d start dating, I would travel the world with that someone. After coming out of a long term relationship with someone who didn’t really take initiative on that aspect, I realized that if I really wanted to travel, I’d have to do it myself. Money also played a factor, but that’s for another post. So when my boss emailed me about a conference in New York, I decided to go for it.
I booked my flights. Researched the transportation system there. Asked a few friends if they’d be interested in meeting me in NYC after my conference. (After all, it is more fun traveling with people to share the experiences with.) And off I went.
And guess what? I had a BLAST.
I visited museums.
I saw musicals.
Participated in immersive theater.
Did quite a bit of sight seeing.
And ate a TON of food.
I even broke off with my two main travel companions to explore the subway system and meet up with a friend in the city. I must admit though that this particular success was in HUGE success to google maps. I don’t know what I would have done without you.
So what are YOU waiting for? I had a blast on my traveling adventures. Will you?