Heavens, Don't Pick Up A Map
Nothing gets the imaginative juices flowing quite like picking up a map. You end up hooked if that map shows enough of the geographical minutia to make the roads seem challenging. You are doomed if there are points of interest to stir the dream centers of your brain.
All of those supposedly very urgent projects at work and around the house suddenly do not appear quite as important. The people around you start to notice that you seem a little withdrawn. You give off the impression of being alone in your own world. Is that a smile or a smirk on your face as the idea of an idea of a plan takes form in the grey matter above?
Now you are now spending time on internet search engines, You Tube and in book stores and the library looking up any and all information about the places you might visit. What might you encounter? What will you need?
There are the finances to juggle of course. But if you put off that project at home or pull for that early vacation, you just might be able to swing it. That new 'thing' you had been wishing for now seems trivial compared to the dream you are creating. I am going to do it. I will make this trip happen.
Heaven forbid you end up looking for a second hand copy of that foreign language course or checking for beginner foreign language classes at the local community college. There is no getting out of it now.
All of your energy seems geared towards your trip.
So at this time of the year, when the ol' girl is in the garage on blocks waiting out winter, with little to do for me to do but check on the battery tender, I am off to pull out an encyclopedia. Who knows where it might take me?