There are as many reasons to explore this marvellous planet of ours as there are places to see and things to do. Perhaps visiting the Pyramids has been a lifelong dream. Perhaps you suddenly decide you absolutely have to help build a school in Nepal. Or perhaps you simply need to recharge your batteries on a Caribbean or Mediterranean beach.
The reasons behind my own adventures have included tradition (as in the case of the Journey, the rite of passage all members of my tribe must undertake in my native Serengeti – as described in Jaspa’s Journey: The Great Migration) and helping out a friend in need (as told in Jaspa’s Journey 2: The Pride of London – which will hopefully have it’s official launch this time next week!).
That being said, not all my travels have such lofty goals. And you might be surprised to learn the guilty-pleasure behind several of my trips with Rich and Sue: baseball!
They don’t play baseball where I’m from, nor where Rich is from, for that matter. So when friends and family came to Canada for their summer vacation, we would invariably take them to a Blue Jays baseball game in Toronto, just for the novelty value. To my surprise, however, I gradually came to realised that I actually enjoyed the sport! So I suggested to Rich and Sue that we should attend the occasional game, even if we weren’t playing tour guide. They agreed, and our love of baseball began.
These days, whenever we take a trip in North America during baseball season, we always check the schedule… just in case. So far, in addition to Toronto, we’ve seen games at 13 of the current Major League stadiums (Arizona Diamondbacks, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays) and two others which have been subsequently been replaced (New York Mets and New York Yankees). We’ve also seen Minor League AAA games in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Las Vegas, and attended Spring Training in Dunedin and St Petersburg.
The point is it doesn’t matter why you travel. There’s so much to see and do just waiting out there for you. So whether your reasons are noble, frivolous, or (most likely) somewhere in between, just get out there and experience the world. I guarantee you’ll be better off for it!
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