June 6: Get Lost

In today’s world we are ruled by technology.  Even our vacations and other travels have become ruled by technology. We research vacations online, we book hotels, airfare, rental cars, excursions, all online.  We get to our vacation area, put an address in the GPS Navigation on our phones or in the car and off we go.

Thanks to technology, we now know the shortest, fastest, most efficient way to get from point A to point B.  Typically, that route includes major interstates, highways, thruways and routes.  Efficiency, efficiency, efficiency.

Besides, with technology now, we don’t need to actually go out and discover the world around us.  Google Earth does that for us.

When we want to find a new restaurant in town, we don’t go find one, we get on Yelp or Foodspotting.

The examples could last for quite some time, but the fact of the matter is we, as a society, myself included, have become far too dependent on technology in our daily lives.  I even know people who use the GPS in their cars to navigate them from their house to the office and back, just so they don’t have to really pay attention to the world around them, they have a computer telling them where to go and where to turn.

For sure, you have to be lost to find a place that can’t be found, elseways everyone would know where it was.

And just when you think you are completely lost, keep going.

See what you find.  See all the new areas you discover.  Maybe you will end up in a neighboring city you had not visited before.  Maybe you will come across a waterfall and river you never knew were there.

Don’t get frustrated you are lost.  Being lost is the point (so long as you aren’t going in circles, then, by all means, be frustrated) of these excursion.  To find new things in the world around you.  To find a new you in the world.  Time to think. Time to dream. Time to enjoy the unknown.

Only when you are good and lost (or find yourself in the ghetto) go ahead and turn on the GPS navigation, get your atlas or map out, and find your way home.

Day 6. Way 6. Get Lost. Find yourself. Or at least find out more about the world around you.

Have you ever found something while lost?

Have you ever gotten lost on purpose?

What is the best restaurant/city/landmark/landscape that you have found when lost?

Share your getting lost stories and photos in the comments below!

Also, props to anyone who can name the movie which I took that quote from, without googling it.

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  • Nicki

    You would use that quite, Disney freak 🙂

    On my road trips I have always been more than adequately mapped, both paper form in my vacation folder, and on my iPhone. Lost? Usually that’s only if i have to a detour, which most recently did in St Louis, and found myself in an area that I evidently didn’t belong based on the stares. Didnt look for anything, but an exit.

    My favorite random restaurant on a trip that was NOT planned, is that Route 66 one in Kingman AZ. The food and shakes were so delicious, and eating in the park with the train across the street just topped it off.

    • Too funny, would love to see photos or a map of where you are talking about.  Tell my grandparents next time they are at the house in Kingman to go have lunch there 🙂

      Also, I cannot tell you how many times I have wanted to go somewhere and after putting the address in my GPS had it take me straight through the ghetto. Sometimes you can end up there, even if you didn’t plan on it.

  • Nice post J.  Definitely can agree that getting lost is sometimes the fun in traveling.  It can allow you to find things you would have never found, and see things you would have never saw.  If you are an explorer by heart, it’s not that you are lost, you are just on a path you haven’t discovered yet 😉  Well, maybe if you are in the ghetto it might be time to get out that GPS or map….

    • My mindset is typically “let’s see where this road goes.” Seeing things on a map, or following a Navigation system is one thing, but experiencing places that you weren’t planning on experiencing is what adds to the awe factor.