In the past 12 years I have been blessed with many opportunities to travel. I have explored destinations from coast to coast and visited five continents. The locations and types of travel varied widely, but one thing has remained constant. On every one of these trips, I enjoyed the company of one of my two favorite travel companions: my husband and/or my mother. During this time I have been invited to join friends and other family members on various jaunts. I have considered venturing solo to any number of trainings and workshops. I have even mapped out trips to share specific experiences with certain individuals, but for one reason or another, none of these plans has come together.
So when a dear friend recently asked me to join her for a weekend getaway, I almost reflexively responded with a gracious decline. More than a decade of traveling with the same companions - whose rhythms I can anticipate and whose interests mirror my own - has created a certain, comfortable expectation of what travel "should" look like, and a part of me was reluctant to upset that carefully crafted balance.
But for some reason, this time I instead said yes. And no sooner had my friend and I settled ourselves onto the train did I know my decision had been the right one. We experienced many of the familiar joys I always seek out in New York: incredible dining destinations, amazing theater performances, a picture perfect morning run in Central Park, and strolling for miles and miles along the city streets just taking it all in. We also stumbled upon new delights - a hidden gem of a food market on an unexpected street, a pop up boutique, and a delightful cafe that served as a perfect bookend to our adventure.
There is nothing wrong with enjoying the easy delights within our comfort zones, but it can be invigorating to see old favorites in a new way - and sometimes we need a nudge to move us forward. Do you need some encouragement to step out of your familiar routine? What can you say "yes" to today?