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How Being Home Doesn’t Stop My Travels

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How Being Home Doesn’t Stop My Travels

The keys in his hand read ‘castle.’  “Hey, can we get inside too?”

When I return home from a trip overseas, I often hear people express frustration that they don’t have chances to travel because of a lack of time, or money.  I’m also asked if I’m sad to stop traveling.  Let me clarify something, being home doesn’t stop my travels.  What’s needed for a travel experience is a little creativity.  Some of my favorite travels and adventures have been near my home, took a few hours, and only a couple bucks.  This can be done anywhere in the world.  Last Saturday Chad and his friends Greg and Nate, whom he met a couple times at galleries, decided to go exploring in an area 45 minutes from our homes in Salt Lake City.  I was invited to come along.

1.  WHEN IT’S AN ENJOYABLE GROUP, SAY YES

Sometimes in May We Go to CastlesDysfunctional Family in MayThere's One in Every Family

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We went to an old amphitheater and entertainment space built in the 1930s, affectionately called ‘Provo Castle.’  Though I’ve been to Provo more times that I can count, I’d never heard of the place.

2.  GO SOMEWHERE NEW

Bring in the Lions Disappearing Stairs The Ol Provo Amphitheater Stairs to Provo Castle SEE ALBUM

No matter where you are, there are layers to what you are seeing.  Look closely.  They could be physical or cultural.

3. NOTICE THE LITTLE THINGS

Just EncasedThen He Looked Closer

Everyone sees things differently.  Get to know those on the journey with you.  They are all your teachers, and will show you things you wouldn’t see on your own.

4.  GET TO KNOW YOUR TRAVEL COMPANIONS

Chad FarnesPrince Nate SEE ALBUM

After hours of exploring, we sat on the steps and enjoyed good company, with a beautiful view.

5.  ENJOY THE MOMENT

Three Step Sitters Two Step Sitters SEE ALBUM

Provo from the CastleSEE ALBUM

We peeked through the locked castle terrace, saw a funky human cage, and enjoyed speculating what else was in the room.  A few minutes later a couple passed us with the key.  We asked if we could see the room too.  They let us in, and we learned they were using the room to shoot a movie that takes place in the middle-ages.  We played on set for a bit, and put Chad where he belongs.

6.  BE CURIOUS, & ASK

Why is there a Cage in a Castle?Asking Opens Castles Chads go in Cages Human Cage The King's Dining Room SEE ALBUM

Being human, we required sustenance.  We went to a place I’d never heard of, called Sammy’s.

7.  TRY SOMETHING NEW

Then We Went to Sammy'sHey Chad, You're Charlie Bartlett

While we ate, a woman came by our table asking if any of us spoke Spanish.  Without hesitating, Chad jumped into a conversation with her as if she were his long lost Abuela.  For a while she joined our little group.  It was fun hearing a little about her life.  Meeting strangers, and swapping stories is arguably my favorite part of travel.

8.  TALK TO STRANGERS

Sí Mujer, Hablo EspañolNueva Amiga de Chad

Remember, no wandering is perfect.  If something negative or unexpected happens, roll with it.  Expect it will lead to something better.  Be optimistic.  Travel is about learning, experience, and increasing your joy.  Some of my favorite memories are just sitting and talking with those I’m traveling with.

9.  BE POSITIVE

Sittin' at Sammy'sNew Friends at Sammy's
Patron of Sammy'sGreg's Sammy's Smile SEE ALBUM

1.  WHEN IT’S AN ENJOYABLE GROUP, SAY YES

2.  GO SOMEWHERE NEW

3. NOTICE THE LITTLE THINGS

4.  GET TO KNOW YOUR TRAVEL COMPANIONS

5.  ENJOY THE MOMENT

6.  BE CURIOUS, & ASK

7.  TRY SOMETHING NEW

8.  TALK TO STRANGERS

9.  BE POSITIVE

 

This day also included exploring abandoned and old buildings in the Spanish Fork and Provo area, as well as visiting a Hindu temple, and speaking to a priest.  My favorite part was meeting new friends.  Greg and Nate, it was wonderful to meet you.  Chad, thanks for bringing me along.  You three are invited to join me on any of my wanderings.

 

Wholeness through traveling, even while at home.
Love, “Whole Hannah” – inner i art

 

Hannah Galli
  • Lark Galli

    Vintage Hannah! Thanks for the tips. You really do have an inner eye for seeing the world. Love you.

  • KeyN0teSpeaker

    I completely agree with the sentiment of this post. Excitement doesn’t have to be a location-based luxury. There are plenty of wonderful places close by that we just have to open our eyes to see.