Even though I was suffering from jetlag, I went to an Eagles tailgate yesterday. Go Birds! I’m not sure why, but I was completely well-rested this morning.
Recently, I was leaving my Airbnb on a rainy day in Greece. As I descended a marble staircase, I slipped, lost my balance, and hit the ground hard. Shockingly, I instantly got up and continued walking to a restaurant.
Then it hit me.
If I weren’t as healthy, I wouldn’t have been able to recover from a fall like that. That would’ve been the end of the Busy Traveler… RIP!
I started thinking about how my health affects my traveling. The conventional thought is that everyone should wait until retirement to do serious traveling. I’ve always thought that didn’t make sense for the following reasons:
There’s so much of the world to see and
Traveling is physically exhausting.
As we mature, we’ll probably have less energy
And as we age, it will be harder to recover from an injury.
If you believe all of the above to be true, then it is vital to start
I’m a pretty athletic guy, but with all the walking, planning, eating, and time zone differences, I’m exhausted when I get home.
To make matters worse, many places in Europe are not easily accessible, so I have to carry my luggage and walk up flights of stairs.
But Andrew, I don’t travel like you do. I want to sit on the beach, drink, and chillax.
I love going to the beach too. Even going to the beach requires substantial walking on uneven surfaces (i.e. sand) in hot climates, and pounding down all those drinks takes the stamina of a professional drinker. Be aware that the effects of alcohol are intensified by heat and sun exposure!
Don’t wait until you’re of retirement age to start traveling. There’s so much to see, and we only have a limited amount of time on this planet...
P.S. If you want to see a video of me falling, click here:
What's stopping you from traveling more?
Cocktail of the Week
Try this centuries old recipe for making Greek Mulled Wine.
1 bottle (750ml)
semi-sweet red wine
5 tbsps honey
2 cinnamon sticks
4–5 whole cloves
peel of 1 orange (optional)
Preparation: Pour the wine in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. As soon as the wine starts to get frothy, turn the heat down to low and add the rest of the ingredients. Let the wine simmer, whilst stirring, for about 10 minutes, until the honey melts and the flavors combine. Remove
from the heat and let sit for a while. Strain and serve.