“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt, Looking Forward
I recently read about the not-so-glamorous side of travel and thought, that’ll never be me. Had I known what a disaster our recent trip would become, would I do it again?
Why? Because we have to travel and find out that a plan didn’t work, and that our plans should’ve considered this weekend as the last long holiday for months. When an itinerary seems rock solid, its cracks grow wider and more obvious after they’re exposed.
We were battling against hordes of other cars hoping to check off their spring festival bucket lists, while ours continued to shrink thanks to the emerging time constraints. This seemed normal, judging from the roadside vendors that casually walked through lanes of traffic offering food and drink. So many cars coasted through picking up a coffee or snack.
They knew. Why didn’t we?
Was it a Failcation?
Regardless of the miserable gridlock and anguish, there was always some gold found along the way. Chuncheon was otherwise sleepy and full on hotel rooms for the night, but its wonderful dalk galbi and lovely river bike path eased our nerves before jockeying for a spot on the floor in a noisy jimjilbang.
Guinsa was a memorable place to spend an afternoon, thanks to its beautiful temple mountain that led us through one of the more beautiful lantern displays found in Korea. Mix this with a maze-like procession of prayer halls and buildings designed to help the less fortunate, and I was beginning to forget our problems the day before.
Would we have found any of this without failing on our earlier missions? Probably not, and that leads me to believe that we shouldn’t just travel to succeed and see everything that’s on the list.
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We Should Also Travel to Fail.
What do we really stand to lose when traveling? Is the end goal really seeing those places that you meant to visit, and nothing else? While battling every desire to lose it and go crazy during our travel mishaps, a variety of music and chatter helped us through this battle.
Something worth singing really helped keep morale up when it threatened to tank. Sometimes the trip isn’t about the destination, but instead about the journey—and who you spend it with. What other time would I have to play, “Name a country, city, state that starts with….” with my wife?
Editing and reworking our travel plans was not so easy, being in a foreign land with travel guides that don’t offer up to date reports on road construction and seasonal festivities. Had someone else warned us away from going this route, would we have stayed at home?
If we’d never left our town and played it safe during the weekend, maybe we’d have never found out that one destination was in the midst of a festival coupled with a complete road overhaul. I couldn’t hear that from anyone else and be happy with not driving through it, because why go through life following hearsay and the words of others?
What’s the point of travel if we’re always following the words and opinions of others? Sometimes we need to travel without directions, and sometimes regret that decision. How else are we going to grow and become more comfortable with our intuition?
Go out and Fail. Learn from It.
We’ll never reach the top without hitting bottom, and that comes with failing.
That’s why I travel. I travel to fail, so I can eventually succeed.
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