It's called agoramania. You won't hear it in most circles. It's what we travelaholics call our condition. Groupon calls them "have dones." They are opposite of the "haves." I learned a long time ago that most people just want to be like the Jones'. They want to have a family, a house, a nice car, and wait for retirement to come in the hopes that someday they can do what they really want to do. Agoramaniacs aren't made that way. We don't care about appearances. We don't care about what we drive. We don't need to own homes. We do want to have a family, but we don't want to spend all of our time saving and scrimping to make our future better. We want to live in the now. We don't want to hope that in the future we will be healthy enough to enjoy our golden years. We want to get our kicks while we're still young enough to get them. We want to live before we retire. We want to see the world and all that there is to see and do. Agoramania is not a disease. We're just a little different. It doesn't make us bad. It doesn't make us stupid. It doesn't make us irresponsible. We are adventurous, we are curious, we are restless, and we don't want to miss a thing. Some God, or some thing put this amazing planet here, and we want to see what's on it. Don't judge us. Take a little time out of your lawn pruning, car washing, home improving, overtime working, future planning existence. Just try to stand in our shoes for just one moment. See the world in all the wonder it deserves. Try to be instead of trying to own and control.
No matter where you go, you will see something unique. I remember traveling around Iceland. The tundra was different from anywhere I'd every been. There were volcanoes and glaciers. There were geyers and waterfalls. There were sheep roaming the countryside. It was an amazing experience. Have I ever had an experience like it? No. Everyplace has something unique. That's the view of the travelholic. That's one of the reasons that we do it. One reason of many.
Cities have architecture, and each city has different architecture. Each city has a different history. Each city has different cultures, customs, language, festivals, transportation styles. Compare it to buying clothes. There are hundreds of different styles to choose from. Cities also change like fashion does. Each time you visit a city, there are different things. There is a never ending supply of things to experience. This is the thing that keeps drawing the agoramaniac back.
Another hemisphere or another continent? That's just something for us travelholics to check off of our bucket list. Are there similarities to places we've already been to? Not in our minds. To us, each place is like something brand new that we've never encountered before. In the way that you see different cars, we see different parts of the world. It's the way we view things. If you want an SUV that looks like all the others to me, I don't judge you. So, if you think that LA and Sydney are similar, don't judge me. I think they're nothing alike.
Do you know where Magadan is? That's okay, I won't fault you for that. Just don't fault me for not knowing what the most practical kind of shingle for the roof is. We all have our thing. Mine is not taking care of property. I don't feel the need to own it. I know that most people do. I don't judge. Just don't judge me.
I like the north. Most people I know want to retire to Florida. I would rather retire to Iceland. I love the north. I don't like the heat. I love the frontier like Alaska. I just like to be where I feel free. Travel makes me feel free. The ability to wander is something that I crave. What I drive is not as important as where it can take me. I would like to be able to bring along a kayak however.
I know, it's irresponsible not to take life too seriously. I get it. I'm supposed to pay attention to politics, and worry about my future. I just don't. I can't. I just want to live now. I don't care who becomes president, because it's all ridiculous at this point. I don't like stress. I prefer wonder. I wish that I could make others understand that. I feel trapped in a world that expects me to want the things that all others want. I don't belong to that group. I can't help it. It's not how I'm made. So, please don't judge me. Try to take a look inside my thoughts and understand that we have differences. I am me, and that is spectacular. I will always be me. That's the best I can do.
So, for all of you who just followed all that, I have some things for you to check out. The world isn't getting any easier, so why wait? Below are a list of agencies where you can plan a trip around the world. Sell the stupid house and take the profits and take off. For about $70,000 you can take off for up to a year and see the world. The whole world. There are cruises, tours, and just plan it trips. You can choose your route, your company, and your favorite places and just take off. Why wait? Do you really think that the world is going to become a better place to travel in? Wake up. We all die sometime. Wouldn't you like to live your dreams before that happens? Take off. Wake your senses. Be an agoramaniac. Enjoy!