Greetings and salutations!
My name is Scotty Padgett and I am relatively new to travel. In the past few years I have lost several people in my life and have decided that it is time to get out and see the world while I can. Life is just too short to let opportunity slip by. Since, I’ve always wanted to travel the world and see far off exotic locations, I’ve decided to start traveling.
Now, I’ve done some traveling in my life. But this was mainly when I was growing up, and it was only ever to visit family or to attend my sister’s wedding. Up until 2010, I had never taken an actual vacation or traveled to a location simply for exploring it. Then in August of 2010, a close friend of mine suddenly passed away. His sudden death sent me reeling as it was the first time that someone I was close to had passed away. I was scheduled to actually attend the DragonCon Sci-fi convention in September that year. Being as I wasn’t in the partying mood, I changed my plans and headed to Boston, Massachusetts for an extended weekend.
Traveling to Boston for the first time with no itinerary, no plan, and no set sights to see, was the greatest experience I have had to date. I flew to Boston and stayed in a nice hotel right on the Charles River. Boston wasn’t some random choice. I had always wanted to see Boston because it is a historic city. The American Revolution started in Boston, and I wanted to see some of the locations involved. This trip ended up igniting my wanderlust. It was everything I had hoped for and more! I wanted more of it and wanted to just keep going.
Last year I traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas and New York City. In January I went to Arkansas for the funeral of my aunt. While it was a sad week, my siblings and I made it a point to enjoy some rare time together and spent an evening at a piano bar in the waterfront district of Little Rock. That is my most memorable time involving my siblings. Then in November, my wife and I loaded up our kids and headed to New York City for an extended weekend in order to attend her cousin’s baby’s christening. Being it was my birthday weekend, we spent a short time that Friday exploring some of Manhattan and Staten Island. Both were good experiences, but they didn’t satisfy my wanderlust.
So, here we are at present day. Well, actually yesterday. I attended the Travel & Adventure Show in Washington D.C. There were travel groups, tours, vendors, and speakers. I arrived thirty minutes prior to the show beginning. Once they allowed us into the convention hall, I proceeded to visit each and every booth. I looked for every opportunity and location I could find. I found quite a few that I wanted to just hop a plane and go. After, visiting all of the booths, I sat down and listened to a few speakers. The speakers were Pauline Frommer of Frommer Guides, Samantha Brown from the Travel Channel, and Josh Gates from Expedition Unknown.
After Josh Gates spoke about turning a vacation into an adventure, I got the chance to meet him and talk to him for a few minutes. He also gave me an autograph and took a photo with me. I can honestly say, he is the same in person as he is on TV. He wished me luck in my travels and I headed out of the show enthused and motivated. Josh Gates has my dream job and is one of my inspirations to travel and try to make it into a career.
When I got home, I was reading tweets from the show and saw a quote from Josh Gates’ talk that gave me the final inspiration to create this blog and make my dreams happen. I’ve already typed the quote and it is hanging in my home office. And I will end with his quote.
“An element of challenge, and an element of the unknown makes travel into an adventure.”