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Old 07-15-2014, 11:52 PM
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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You don't have to travel very far to turn your level of consciousness around 360 degrees, which I feel is very healthy for anyone to do. And, as I get older, increasingly, I have to force myself to go, and get away from my comfortable Temple of Ruts: my home!

It surprises some people when I say: I really don't want to go on this trip, but I'm forcing myself to go, because, when I return, I'll be so very happy I exerted the effort to go through with it!

My big problem: I've worked the night shift for 12 years, normal sleeping habits of 10a-6p everyday, so when I go out of town I have to do sleep reversals, and sleep reversals upon my return. Never an easy task!

I'm going to do my one long road trip next week: Vegas to Grand Junction, south to Telluride, then thru the Navajo/Hopi reservations, then Flagstaff and return.

Don't know how far this nightshifter is going to drive the first day, leaving after work at 7am, if I can keep awake I hope to make it to Grand Junction, then collapse at 6-7-8pm? And then be a normal human being for a few days!
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Old 07-17-2014, 10:15 AM
Location: Cambridge, MA
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Re the graveyard shift: I feel your pain! BTDT!!! As a night owl by nature I easily adapted to being awake and productive during those hours, heading for home as "the rest of the world" was going to work, zero wait time at the grocery store, and so on. But fate played its hand, and it's just as well. Sleeping at night is a good (and more natural) thing. Plus there's something to be said for having a full social life. An apt observation I once overheard is, "You don't notice [about off-hours employment], but it kills you little by little."

Back on topic: YES! Though I live in a great place (house AND neighborhood) and have plenty to do, I've had a lifelong touch of wanderlust nonetheless. Due to economics I can't take wide-ranging journeys. But the up-side to that is, I've found locations that "agree" with me around New England. Certain innkeepers and I have become friends even though they still take my money (LOL.) Servers and bartenders recognize me. Local landmarks either get re-re-revisited, or if the weather doesn't permit I don't feel cheated. And the small-town or rural or coastal (as the case may be) environments never fail to make the "R & R" goal come true. Mental health days are good, mental health weekends if not weeks are even better.
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Old 07-17-2014, 07:40 PM
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I'm both shocked and envious of those I run across, particularly living in this artificial city of Las Vegas, who say: I haven't been out of town for years! And? Many of these people have the money to do so!

Me? I get this itch, every month or 2, to go somewhere, anywhere, doesn't really matter where, just to clear my head!

Ah! Perhaps one day it will happen to me, I'll be so content/entertained where I'm living, I'll have no desire to ever leave it!
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Old 07-17-2014, 10:34 PM
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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I am fed up of my country. I want OUT
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Old 07-21-2014, 04:04 PM
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I do it regularly, I intentionally avoid shopping locations although I do try to take a trip to a somewhat exotic location once a year. The change in scenery is the best and cheapest prevention for insanity that I have found.
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Old 07-22-2014, 07:10 AM
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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All the time. Enjoy small road trips and get out of Dodge once in awhile
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Old 07-28-2014, 08:53 PM
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I love where I live, but every so often I just need to get out and on the road. A favorite is a weekend trip to the Big Horn Mountains, but it's difficult to do that with our pet situation. Yesterday we took a several hour, almost 200 mile road trip around the Black Hills. It was fun!
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