One of the things that I often hear from friends and acquaintances is that traveling to faraway places is too expensive to the point where it is cost prohibitive. So they don’t go anywhere or do anything that they would consider “traveling”. I think this view is very wrong or a the very least a bad attitude when it comes to what I call the Vagabond Spirit. What I mean is that the spirit of travel should start with the person, and at home, where they already live.
An adventuring spirit can start right in your very own home. You don’t really need any expensive equipment, just a will to explore. I usually start with a good old fashioned book. Yes I said book. The kind that has numbered pages and crazy stuff like that. The book can be about anything really but they are usually what give me my ideas on what to write, or about places I would like to go. Once the seed is planted the rest just kind of happens. One thing leads to an other and the next thing I know I am out the door.
To illustrate the point, on the last occasion where I needed to quell the Vagabond Spirit, I took a walk and found myself in a park in my area. Montebello Park in St. Catharines, Ontario for those of you that care to look. I had been in this place a hundred times before but on this occasion I found that I was looking at it through different eyes. It was a place of beauty and quiet, in an otherwise busy little city. I snapped a few photos and and just sat in the park and watched the world go by. For those that have never tried this I highly recommend this because it is such a simple pleasure.
After my little visit to the park, I recalled that someone had once told me that this park was designed by a famous landscaping architect. So I thought I would take a look and see if there was any truth to the story. Well after a quick google search I found that the story I was told is in fact true. The park was originally designed and created by Frederick Law Olmsted. I found that our little park has lineage with places like Central Park in New York City, the Grounds of the US Capitol Buildings and Mount Royal Park in Montreal.
This little piece of quiet in the city has 25 varieties of roses in a well-kept rose garden, and peaceful fountain in the center. It’s a great place to spend a few hours with a good book, on one of the many benches or to listen to music at the many festivals that are held throughout the year.
This little story just serves to show that you don’t need crazy amounts of money or an expansive budget to have a little fun and adventure. It can start with a simple step out your front door.