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Travel to Make Memories: Journey to Remember

You Need to Get Up, Get Out and Go Somewhere

Visiting the country of Panama.

Life hits you fast and is a precious reminder that it is deserved to be lived to the fullest.

For many of us, the daily grind and responsibilities often overshadow our dreams and aspirations. We find ourselves caught in a cycle of working and saving for the future, always putting off our desires for "someday." But what if we changed that mindset? What if we started living your lives today, creating memories that will last a lifetime?

Traveling is the ultimate memory builder, and it's time most of us embraced it.

(Left) Taking a scenic view of the river in Paris. (Right) Wife and I in Egypt.

The old Southern saying, “people dying who ain’t died before,” often rings in my mind. Often, at least for myself, people often wonder about the time they have left and how they will enjoy the fruits of their labor. We work tirelessly, are expected to save diligently, and plan for a life of retirement, paying for our children's education, maybe weddings, and if you’re lucky, buying them homes. These are all important, no doubt and most cases, range in priority for most people. In the midst of it all, we often forget the one thing that truly sustains us in our later years—memories.

As I reflect, I realize that my travels have shaped me as a person and created a tapestry of memories. Each journey has been a chapter in my life's story, filled with excitement, learning, and growth.

(Left) Riding ATV's in the Dominican Republic. (Right) Wife and I touring the grounds of the Eiffel Tower.

I can remember ziplining 10,000 feet up and across the Guatemalan jungle as the adrenaline rushed through my body. This experience taught me to embrace adventure and step out of my comfort zone. I recall standing at the tallest point in the Catalonian region of Barcelona, I took in the breathtaking views from an ancient monastery. The beauty of that moment reminded me of the importance of finding peace amidst life's chaos.

Exploring the Great Pyramids of Egypt was a humbling experience. Walking among these ancient wonders, I felt a deep connection to history. Dune surfing in Dubai was another unforgettable adventure. Sliding down massive sand dunes under the desert sun filled me with exhilaration, reminding me to always seek joy in the present moment.

(Left) Visiting the Amsterdam IceBar. (Right) Visiting the waterfalls in Guatemala.

Traveling is not just about visiting new places; it's about experiencing new cultures, tasting new cuisines, and meeting new people. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Celtic castles atop great hills in Ireland and walking the vibrant and now welcoming progressive streets of Berlin. These experiences broadened my perspective and deepened my appreciation for the world's diversity. Climbing Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica with my wife was a special memory – strengthening our bond and created a story we'll cherish forever.

Water-skiing across the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean in the Dominican Republic was another highlight – then I pulled my groin. Dammit! These experiences are more than just memories; they are the building blocks of my character and the stories I'll tell my children and grandchildren.

Memories are the treasures that sustain me, giving me the reason to look back without regrets. They are the tales to share, the moments to cherish, and the experiences that shape.

Take the time to enjoy life. Take that trip you've always dreamed of. Make memories without regret as tomorrow isn’t promised – but the memories created today will last a lifetime.


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