I’ve always been a bit of the odd one out when it comes to travel. Most people dream of seeing the world and exploring new horizons. Of going to different countries, hiking on high mountaintops and taking in the scenery. But I don’t. Strange as it may seem, I just like to…sit. It’s not that I dislike a good landscape or I don’t sometimes long to breathe clean fresh air. It’s just that it requires too much effort to do those things. And there’s one thing about me that is paramount – my laziness. It’s always been part of me and is a core aspect of my personality. I don’t see it changing anytime soon. There are many websites like www.supertravel.co.uk for example that allow one to plan their ideal vacation and I’m sure it works out great for a lot of people.
But not for me.
I’ve often been an embarrassment to my wife who is my polar opposite in this regard. She loves to do this kind of stuff. It’s the raison d’être of her existence in fact. For her, coming to the US wasn’t about living a better lifestyle, but about seeing new places. She’s gone literally everywhere in the US – a lot of it by herself. I accompanied her to the first few cities – New York, San Antonio, San Francisco etc., but got tired after a while. She on the other hand continued to Alaska, Portland, Yellowstone, and many other that I don’t even remember. A couple of months from now she’s off to Hawaii.
Some of my friends wonder at this tendency of mine to sit at home. To them, I’m the luckiest guy in the world who doesn’t take advantage of the fabulous cards life has dealt me. I have a wife who in fact is even willing to finance my trips with her! But all I can think of when I see her packing and waking up early in the morning to catch her flight is “Thank god I’m not going with her!”
I guess part of my reluctance to travel has to do with the fact that there’s so much to do right here at home. I have my game, my books, my blog, my television serials, and my programming. In fact, I can never catch up with any of them and I resent having to work for even two hours a day to earn my livelihood!
My wife still has a lot of places on her bucket list. Europe, Russia, South America, South East Asia, Japan etc. And she’ll probably be going alone or with someone else who shares her passion for travel. I’ll be lying warmly in my bed :)