The drive across the country was really just part of the whole essence of uprooting myself from everything I knew growing up and moving to a new city. That city just happened to be on the other side of the country. I made the move from my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, to Lake Tahoe, California
I spent about 6 months getting everything situated. I applied for a job as a Snowboard Instructor at Heavenly Ski Resort. I was accepted for the position after a series of phone interviews and was given 2 months until my start date. I then looked for rental properties in Lake Tahoe on Craigslist and found 4 roommates also on craigslist. I saved up a little bit of cash and departed on my first transcontinental journey.
I was driving solo, all of my personal possessions packed into my Toyota Corolla, I made life happen. I remember driving westbound on that first day as I crossed the Ohio/Indiana border around sunset. It was a beautiful late summer evening with the windows down and a nice cool breeze flowing. The sun had just dropped below the horizon and the glare had subsided. I really felt alive. So full of potential in life that I couldn’t help but smile to myself. Jamming out on my ipod road trip playlist as I drove into the unknown. This was one of my most empowering moments.
To all those who have dreamed about traveling, it is an amazing experience. Even if it is just a two week vacation, it is worth it. We have the tendency to get trapped in our daily lives and close ourselves off to the world. A simple thing like a vacation is able to break that monotony and open our minds, even if it is only a little bit, to the vast glory the world has to offer. I strongly recommend this activity and I hope that everyone gets a chance to do something before it is too late.