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Get Lost!

Posted by on May. 21, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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Have you stepped out recently, just for kicks, and discovered any new or hidden areas near your home? This may sound like an odd idea, but it can be really fun to go lose yourself for a while, just to see and experience something new. I don't mean getting scary lost, of course. I mean, just go explore or wander around somewhere totally unknown to you, alone or with a friend, with you dog or whole family. The experience will feel adventurous and eye-opening to anyone. Here are some tips to considering when picking a new place to explore:

1)   The best time to do this is early in the day, so that you can be sure you'll make it back before dark

2)   Give yourself several hours for your adventure, before your next commitment. It's no fun at all if you're rushing this.

3)   Be sure to tell a couple of people where you're headed, like a neighbor and family member, if you're really going off the beaten path. Then check in with them when you get home so they know you're ok.

4)   Bring a fully charged phone, a map, a compass, a first-aid kit, a flashlight (in case you do get stuck out a bit late), a whistle and plenty of fluids and high-protein snacks.

5)   Pick somewhere new but not uncomfortable to you. So if you've never been hiking or camping, don't just venture out into the woods alone your first time. Pick a new park or historic town or beach nearby instead. Somewhere close to civilization and where you will be able to SEE houses, and roads and have cell phone reception in case you do get lost.

6)   If you are not outdoorsy, or if the weather's keeping you from enjoying nature, that's ok. There are loads of exciting and very interesting urban and indoor places to explore too: Try a new museum exhibit, or library, or festival or cultural center. I've gotten lost in dinosaur exhibits and street fairs. Most recently, I got lost (on purpose) wandering around Chinatown, and I ended up eating who-knows-what next to a postman from Shanghai who use to be a duck farmer on the Yangtze River. That was pretty cool.

So next time you're itching for some new perspective and excitement, try getting lost some place new. You might find that it's just as refreshing as traveling far away or even going back in time. Even if its just a neighborhood or town away.

Do you like to wander and explore new places?

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by on May. 21, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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Wish2Be
by on May. 21, 2013 at 8:49 AM
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I love exploring new places ! Just not a fan of getting lost outside...I would rather do it in a car ! :P

lalasmama2007
by on May. 21, 2013 at 10:16 AM

I like to explore, but I don't like being lost.

ceciliam
by on May. 21, 2013 at 10:19 AM

I love to explore new places.

MichelleK41
by on May. 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Oh yeah I like to do this but nowadays its safer to take a partner with. =)

slw123
by on May. 21, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Not by myself, but I do like exploring.

sukainah
by on May. 21, 2013 at 11:07 AM

That's cool you met the man from Shanghai!

I'm not much of an outdoorsy person so I'd have to go with #6.

elasmimi
by on May. 21, 2013 at 6:31 PM
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I love to do this! I go to one of the many small towns nearby, poke around in antique shops, and....don't think I'm crazy....explore the old cemetaries.

Bmat
by Member on May. 22, 2013 at 7:23 AM

I wouldn't feel comfortable getting lost. I have trouble with directions anyway, and getting lost is not a positive experience for me.

goddess99
by on May. 22, 2013 at 9:17 AM

I like going to museums and stuff like that. I'm not outdoorsy at all.

4kidz916
by on May. 22, 2013 at 9:36 AM

I love to go exploring, whether it's browsing in a shopping mall or taking a nature walk. 

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