At the beginning of this week I booked a flight in June from my home in the UK to San Francisco, USA.
Why? Why not! Life is for living and getting out into the world and experiencing all it has to offer.
I’ve always wanted to experience this city.
I’ve never had the *ahem* balls to just book a solo trip with no idea of what I am doing, where I am staying, or what I’ll do when I get there. I’ll be there for 12 nights.
I have a few classic ideas of places and things to experience when I get there: the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, a road trip to Yosemite.
Sure I will experience some tourist things, but I will also discover new places, people and find out more about myself, which is where the real adventure lies.
Sometimes the only thing to do is take a risk, jump into the unknown and see what happens.
I have no real plans. I’m a little out of my depth. I’ll be travelling light.
I am reminded by Lao Tzu that “A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.”
The last time I hopped on a plane into the unknown was in August 2004 to work on the Paskowiz Surf Camp in San Diego with people I had never met. I surfed all day, lived out of a tent for 4 weeks and had nothing but a bag of clothes and a minidisc player. It was truly awesome!
I’ll keep you updated on this new adventure.
Perhaps i’ll write and share a journal of my experiences. I’m taking a camera.
What should I do when I get there? Would you be willing to share suggestions?
I would love it if you would tell me here.