I’ve mentioned several times how energized I feel after travel of any kind, an almost post-adventure high. That touch of magic I feel by doing something new or experiencing a place far from home gets me hyped up to tackle whatever is in front of me — even if what I have next is just another day at the office. Hyper, smiley, talkative: all of those cheesy words apply. I just think that getting out of your comfort is the coolest thing. No matter how tired I am, it is a different tired, a more satisfied one than I get from beaten down by too many days at work, as much as I love what I do as a magazine editor.
Not everyone is like me.
On a recent day-trip to the Grand Canyon, I found it interesting how different everyone was on the plane ride home. One person immediately put headphones on, zoning out to whatever history the automated tour guide was yapping on about. Others were zoned out all on their own. Thank goodness I had my friend Laura to play ridiculous word games with me and take silly photos. Yes, I was tired, but I was hyped up, too. After all, we had woken before sunrise, which we watched over the Grand Canyon from a private plane, taken a helicopter ride, and then ridden around the South Rim on a Harley motorcycle tour. Who cares that I had bags under my eyes and not a drop of makeup left to speak of? I was all smiles, on top of the world.
Just like that, being tired no longer mattered. I had my magic back!
The rest of my motley crew, pictured above? Tired and zoned out, with or without the help of headphones.
Even though I had been up since 3:45 am, I ran a few annoying errands when we got back and headed to the Strip to meet my friend Maren for a drink at Spago, on her last night in town. She happens to be the best company ever, truly one of my funniest friends of all time. Next thing I knew, we were with a group of people, laughing and having a great time.
I am usually in bed by 9 or 10 pm, and here I was getting awfully close to being awake for 24 hours. (Not quite.) But that’s what happens when I get a supercharge from adventure activity.
I have some very close friends who only jump on a plane once or twice a year, because they say traveling is tiring for them. That’s fine by me — as long as they get out there when it is right for them. But I don’t pretend to understand that!
Does travel give YOU energy?
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