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We are not adventurers by choice but by fate – Van Gogh

Travel is a sport

Post By: Jake
2/16/11

Veronica and I have tried hard over the past few years to make traveling a priority. ¬†We’ve traveled to foreign countries together, flown across the US to spend time with friends and family, and have taken several thousand+ mile road trips.

The experiences as a whole got me thinking about my favorite sport… “Traveling”. Over the past decade I’ve dedicated the vast majority of my free time pursuing outdoor sports of all types, climbing, backpacking, alpine touring, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, road biking, and even spelunking…

Although these sports are a ton of fun, I have yet to find ONE sport that I can really sink my teeth into. No ONE sport has been able to capture my attention for more than a few seasons, and it seems as the years go by, my gear chest grows, my free time shrinks, and the overall amount of time I get to spend on each of my passions becomes almost pathetic since there are so many different pursuits.

While driving home from a recent road trip to Utah, I started thinking about “Travel” as a sport. All the key elements of “Sport” are there for me. Webster’s defines “sport” as: “an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature”. Skill? Physical Prowess? Well… it seems like the more adventure traveling I do, the better I get at planning the details before the trip so that I can maximize my adventure time while on the trip. I become more skillful at picking destinations off the beaten path that can offer adventure, adrenaline, solitude, and all around enjoyment. This goes right along with the “Competitive Nature” of the definition. The more I travel, each new trip I find I need to step it up another notch, I’m competing with myself to go farther, higher, deeper, live stronger, “adventure” more.

I’m reminded of one of my favorite movie quotes from The Beach :

“For mine is a generation that circles the globe and searches for something we haven’t tried before. So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay the welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience. And if it hurts, you know what? It’s probably worth it.”

jm

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