FIRE.197 Have you ever wandered…

To play on the title from my last post…what’s out there?

Have you had the ability to take a chunk of time and roam around?  Did you do this while on vacation and in a town somewhere? 

Did you roam as part of vacation from location to location—wherever you may roam and end up?

Did you roam around your hometown and see what’s out there that you haven’t thought about or experienced?

I think of roaming as gathering info, experiences, and perspectives. 

Roaming physically is much like my curiosity post on learning new topics/subjects, except you’re in different locations.

I’m pretty good at roaming when I’m on vacation.  Of course, we like to see some tourist sites, but we also like to see how the locals live if we can.  We get off the beaten path somewhat.  We almost always take a day trip to another town close by, especially if we’re visiting a big/famous city.  Those side trips are usually very cool, and usually totally unplanned on what to see.  We’ve had lunch in an old jail in Sweden, visited plantations, tried to order food where NOBODY spoke English (multiple times), etc, etc.

Almost all of our wandering has been good to great, nice, and enriching.  I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Here’s the sad part of this post.  We don’t do this very well locally.  We just had lunch with some friends visiting Phoenix and they did all these activities and adventures that I’ve never done.  I had to have them tell me about my city.  When I told them I’ve lived here for over 30 years, I felt disappointed in myself.  I did work most of the first 20 years, but I’ve been FIREd for 10 years with less than—far less than—expected wandering accomplishments.

I’ve got work to do.  I’ve got wandering to do.

*** Nothing in this article is to be construed as financial advice.  I am not a financial planner, nor do I pretend to be.  You should always consult your own professional when seeking advice. This post is not a piece of literary mastery, just a random thought I had.

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