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“I want to move and go places and never look back. Just have fun, forever”.
(Josephine Marcus from the 1993 movie, Tombstone)
I love the quote above for the simple nature of how it signifies life should be fun.
The quote was a response to a question Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell) asked Josephine Marcus (Dana Delaney) in the 1993 movie, Tombstone. He was trying to understand how Josephine defined the concept of happiness.
My current Walk into the Future has a bit of resemblance to Josephine’s view with a slight twist.
I constantly seek out opportunities and adventures that excite me and then find ways to incorporate these things into my current walk. Had another interesting conversation with a longtime friend prior to heading to Philadelphia for the 2019 Philly Rock n Roll half marathon.
My travel itinerary was the topic of discussion and I revealed in my typical Walk into the Future fashion the following things were known about my trip:
- Hotel reservation confirmed
- Race registration confirmed
- Arrival flight confirmed
The list above did not have an official return date from Philadelphia. To me, this was not a big deal, just part of how I Walk into the Future.
My friend quickly became worried for me because going somewhere new without a return date was/is a foreign concept to most people. FYI, for me this is an exciting part of the walk! Please note, I knew when I planned to come back, I just didn’t book the return flight at the same time as my departure.
Southwest Airlines tends to reduce flight prices to ensure they have full flights. I simply gambled on the premise they would lower the price for the return flight from Philly and it happened. Spent less coming back than I did going up because of my ability to walk without a return date.
Don’t consider myself as a travel pioneer; I’m sure other people have flexible travel schedules. This flexibility is an exciting aspect when traveling. I routinely book travel at the last minute because of the great deals I’ve been able to get in the past. Please note, it does not always work in my favor and I end up spending the same or more for my travel adventures. Can’t complain when this happens since I normally come out ahead more times than not.
I book with a more traditional travel concept when friends and family travel with me. My wait and see program can cause some level of anxiety so I’m mindful to eliminate this when others are counting on me being in a specific location at a specific time.
Plan to explore new destinations in 2020 and will not be pressed by a return date. Will continue Walking into the Future with no return date; been a fun journey so far! 😊
Where would you travel without a return date? Would you find this exciting or scary?
“Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better”.
2 thoughts on “Walking in the Future without a return date”
I love the concept and could totally enjoy travelling with an open ended return. Too many obligations, personal and professional, that are time sensitive. Maybe when I retire!
This concept is not for everyone but does provide a level of excitement for me. Try it when you retire, I’m sure you will enjoy it! Have a great day!