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Be Spontaneous!

“All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.” ~Henry Millerdirectionvintage-lesliann

You never know where the wind will blow you when you decide to throw caution to the wind and take a last minute trip! Now, you will hear us say this often “everything happens for a reason” and its this type of attitude that has put me in some of the most amazing and milestone situations in my life. So, here are few “Tales Of A Shoestring Jetsetter” tips that I hope inspire you to begin your spontaneous travels soon!

(Photo taken by Lesliann Nemeth)

Have you ever had that moment where you were tempted to hop on a plane or jump in the car and just head to the first destination that popped in your head? Or have you ever been tempted by a last minute invitation from a friend to join them on a trip, but decided you didn’t have time to “plan or think about what to even pack?” so you regretfully declined? We say….no ma’am! Being adventurous and spontaneous (in moderation) can be just what the doctor ordered.

I was struck with the travel bug early in life. My parents were big travelers when I was young and often took us along to enjoy the adventures. Now I know not everyone has the luxury of travel at a young age, but its something I have been inspired to continue in my life thus making me adopt a very adventurous and spontaneous personality.

So, why should you start your spontaneous adventures now?

You ain’t getting any younger! – you know the saying “Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today?” apply it to your life in all areas, even travel! Those trips that you keep saying “one day I’ll go there”…well, that one day will soon pass you by. Make a plan to be spontaneous…I know that may sound like an oxymoron but just by making up your mind to make a plan for a fun trip is spontaneous in itself. You say to yourself “yes! I’m going to make it happen!”, and then you are well on your way to planning and anticipating the adventure. Anticipation of something fun planned for the future is good medicine in itself. It promotes a healthy disposition inside and out!

Spontaneity encourages Growth! Being spontaneous opens doors for new opportunities and new experiences thus making you grow as a person. Get outside of that safe box of yours. I can’t begin to tell you how many amazing people I’ve met and truly unique experiences I’ve had during my spontaneous travels. Some of which have opened the doors to new business opportunities and personal life moments that have enriched my life for the better!

Start Small! Being spontaneous doesn’t mean you have to go all “Eat, Pray, Love” on us and go travel the world for a year. You can travel spontaneously by taking a weekend or day trip. Even enjoy some of the things in your own city you haven’t experienced out of your normal weekly routine. Try it! Go take a jog outside at a local park or test out a few new restaurants in your city. Act like a tourist in your own city and you never know who you’ll meet or where you’ll end up. Hit up a local hotel bar and act like you are vacationing from another city! Now your livin! Getting out of your rut is as easy as starting small in your own surroundings.

Still not convinced? Check out this website created by a group of people that are all about inspiring the spontaneous and the infectious reactions it creates for the positive!

Need some help getting started? Email us and we’ll be happy to suggest some spontaneous trip ideas for you to test out!  Here are some great travel sites to subscribe to and check out daily or weekly for inexpensive discounted “last minute” travel fares.  Travel Zoo or Jetsetter on Gilt.com.

Ok…Time To Get Movin!

~Catherine

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