Locals learn how to travel more in DTL

Locals learn how to travel more in DTL

By Madison Butkus

Hometown Weekly Journalist

Sponsored by the Tewksbury Public Library, the Dover Town Library (DTL) shared an online event last Thursday, February 1st, “How to Travel More (and Better).” During this presentation, author Colin Wright talked about his personal experiences traveling the world full-time, how to think of travel as a concept, how to use vacation time in any lifestyle, and also shared some resources to help in creating anyone’s travel ambitions. in a reality.

According to the DTL website, “Wright has written several dozen books, hosts a trio of podcasts, and speaks to audiences around the world on a variety of topics. He began traveling full-time in 2009, living out of a suitcase while his readers voted on which country he would go to next, every four months. Since then he has visited more than 60 countries and all 48 contiguous United States (at least three times in parts). He currently lives in Milwaukee, where he has a home base from which he can travel.”

At the age of 24, Wright made the bold decision to sell all his belongings, keeping only what could fit in a glove and travel the world. He realized that his corporate job was adding a huge amount of stress to his life and wanted to live his dream of traveling anywhere and everywhere he could.

During his travels, he explained his new found love for the world around him and how his expectations were always challenged when he arrived in a new place. “I was able to absorb a lot of these different cultures and lifestyles. I was able to see different versions of myself and who I was in these different environments. I have been able to meet just an incredible abundance of different people who have lived very different lives than I have. And each of these experiences and encounters was enriching because it allowed me to add to myself and my perception of myself, but also to challenge everything I thought I knew about myself, other people, the world, my beliefs, my understanding of my goals, absolutely everything. And that to me is part of the value of traveling in that movement, even if you’re riding a train or a bus, you’re able to expand your horizons in a very dramatic and fundamental way that then has a lot of effects on the rest of your life,” Wright explained.

To prioritize travel in our lives, Wright suggests that we should think of travel as a concept in which there are three main thoughts. The first is that we travel for a variety of reasons including food, culture, religion, etc., and there is no wrong reason to travel. The second is that we have assumptions about travel like it might be too expensive, it should happen so often, etc., but of course it doesn’t have to be. Any type of travel can be casual and free as long as it is enjoyable and stress-free. The third and final thought is that travel in general is very valuable and can easily be incorporated into our lives with the right tools and management.

When we incorporate travel into our lives, Wright explains that the benefits of doing so include exposure to new things, a way to break your daily routine and expand one’s context about many things we may not know. To help achieve these benefits and add any kind of travel to our schedules, Wright suggests taking low-cost mini vacations as much as we can. For greater travel experiences, he encourages everyone to use their smartphones as much as possible, using things like Google flights, Virbo, Airbnb, Google Translate, Mango Languages ​​​​and more.

No matter where you go and/or how long you’re there, Wright emphasizes the importance of travel and the benefits it can bring not only to our mental health, but also to our physical health. He implores us to roll with the punches wherever we go and just enjoy the world around us as much as we can. For more information about Colin Wright, please visit his website at colin.io.

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