Traveling Pt. 3, I’m no Longer the Traveler
I love hosting people. It’s a blast.
But, I’m such an introvert that most of the time I do go out, it is with other people who do things that they want to do.
So when I show people around, I have to say things like, “oh I know another of my friends greatly enjoyed this area” and things like that.
I don’t get out much. But I’m content with that.
When people come to see me, I seek to give them an experience.
It’s not about me.
I live where I do, in West Palm Beach, FL. I can do the things that I’ll show people whenever I want to. I’m here 3 weeks out of almost every month.
So when people come to visit, when I’m no longer the traveler, I seek to provide an experience that they won’t forget. An experience that they can treasure as special, worthwhile, and exciting.
I don’t get to see my little sister as much as I used to before I went to Florida for college four years ago. But, when I do, I always seek to give her a memorable time, one that is special.
The last time she was here, we went to the Norton Museum. It had been under construction for over a year and was now completed. We were able to go for free and take in all the new exhibits.
I also promised her a birthday dinner when she came in March (though her birthday was in February) in hopes that she could see how much I loved her.
If anything, I hope that she enjoyed herself. It didn’t matter if I didn’t love the restaurant that we went to. It didn’t matter if I didn’t love the art museum, it wasn’t my trip, it was for her. Like I said, I can do those things whenever I wanted to, I live here.
When I’m no longer the traveler, I seek to provide an unforgettable experience for those who visit me.
When a good friend was in town a few weeks ago, I wasn’t sure where we could go. We ended up at my favorite burger place, Grease, so he could grab a beer and we could catch up. I followed that up with a walking tour of downtown and a quick cruise around Palm Beach Island so he could see some of the homes there.
One time, I rented a Jaguar F-Type. Now… that was kind of for me also, but it was a nice little touch to an irreplaceable night complemented by a few other firsts and a dinner featuring 2 appetizers, 3 entrees, and a lobster tail.
Other times, I have driven people to Miami for a richer experience filled with Latin food, shopping on Lincoln Road, and an incomparable atmosphere.
Even though I travel other places as a local, I can’t really say that I live like a local.
I don’t really keep up to date with new happenings and often find myself staying in when I could just as easily go out.
But, that’s fine, that’s how I like it.
I love doing my thing in the way that I do it. Lots of work, lots of reading, lots of learning, lots of exercise, and lots of eating.
I know that if I don’t take care of myself first, I can’t take care of others as well as I would like to when they come to visit me.
What do you do when people visit you? Are you a good host? What does that mean to you?