You’ll hear travel writers and bloggers touting the joy, beauty, and necessity of ‘aimless’ travel. Of wandering without purpose.
My take: travel is of no value without a defined purpose.
When I’ve had no goal in mind during my travels, I’ve felt lost, bored, and usually resorted to thought-avoidance activities like drinking.
When I traveled to Cuba a few months ago, the simple addition of a ‘bucket-list’ made everything meaningful. It gave us something to work on. It gave us a creative pursuit that required THOUGHT, even though it consisted of drinking, smoking cigars, and listening to live music.
We focused on creating a great video that could inspire and guide others (it should be released soon). And, importantly, the work we did will bring us money or leverage in future pursuits.
It was productive work.
Here’s a quote I love from Ayn Rand. She writes that:
“The producer moves through his days NOT in random circles, but in a straight line, motion from goal to farther goal, each leading to the next and to a single growing sum…”
This applies to soooo much more than travel. It applies to everything in life.
If you’re gunna wander, that wandering better match your ultimate purpose and goals.
Otherwise you’ll find nothing but unhappiness… or worse, evasion from reality and thought.