Why do we work?

Over the past couple of month, I have traveled all around Asia.

It was time for me to get away from it all and enjoy spending time with… well, myself! I felt so free with no obligations to to anything at all. I gave me plenty of time to explore me and what I was interested in.

Something that my travel didn’t feel like was a vacation. Not at all!

Not sure how everyone reading this would react, but for me… I felt so liberated, that I just had to start doing stuff!

I don’t like to lay back and hang out in the sun or go shopping like a lot of my friends… I’m weird that way.

So I went online and started searching for adventures.

I don’t want to go in-depth on the things I did, but would love to cover the more broader picture and how I felt while doing things every day.

Mostly touristy and adventurous, but I went the local route and hired a guy from a travel agency office down the street to take me around.

This was in Hong Kong and my place was in a district called Kowloon.

We averaged an activity or 2 a day, and every day we had lunch at a different local joint, I paid for my new friend of course. Their salaries are nothing compared to the U.S.

Tai, was my “local guide” per se and you know what??? He’s pretty darn good at it!

Everywhere we went was a totally new experience in a completely new way. Fun and full of joy. I can’t even remember last time that I’ve met anyone with this much passion for their home town… Not that Hong Kong can even be called a town, but nevertheless…

On the 3rd day of being there, I ran into an old friend from Virginia Tech who now runs a tree service in Virginia Beach and decided to spend a day with him, his wife and their adorable baby girl named Taylor.

We did the very touristy stuff, since they had the baby with them all day, but it was still very fun!

Got to eat snake soup at one of the local cafe’s. Based on what the owners told us, snake meat is very nutritious and works well to heal joint and cartilage.

We also enjoyed some local “snake liquor” which is supposed to help with different types of coughs and intestinal diseases. Believe it or not, they put actual snake tail in each small bottle as well as a little bit of poison.

To my surprise, the alcohol was less expensive than the soup!

After lunch we went to a Buddhist show at a shrine and that was the end of our 3rd day.

The point that I really wanted to drive home in this post, is that often times what we do and what we LOVE does not add up and the feeling of that can stick with you for a while.

I highly recommend a getaway, but not just a trip to the beach, but a highly active (if your age and health permit) vacation.

Take 14 days off work to climb a mountain or go diving somewhere exotic. When your time off is spent with purpose, doing what you truly enjoy, the coming back and getting into the grind won’t be such a drag.

You’ll feel like you belong again!

Try it out for yourself and please, let me know how it felt!

I am always here if you have any questions and would love to help out and inspire in any way that I can.

Frank