Have you ever sacrificed something in order to earn a “reward” only to find out the sacrifice was actually a reward in itself? I thought about this as I biked to work the other day. One year ago I decided to make the sacrifice of going without a car in order to save money for my reward- a trip to Central Europe.
At the time I thought to myself, “I can do anything for a year.” I figured I would tough it out and remind myself the whole way about what a fantastic trip was going to take. But, that didn’t happen.
Instead my new “inconvenient” lifestyle became a reward in itself. I love my city even more on two wheels. I feel like a tourist everyday. I stop to take pictures of the skyline and sights along my path. I listen to all the live music streaming out of the bars when I ride downtown at night. I’ve explored new neighborhoods and made new friends along the way. I’m more relaxed, I feel healthier, and (unlike being a tourist) I have saved a ton of money.
I depart next week on my Europe adventure. My plan is to explore Prague, Vienna, and Munich- mainly on two wheels. I’ll take lots of pictures to share my journey with you! In the meantime, consider being a tourist in your own city. Going with out a car certainly won’t work for everyone (or most people), but I bet if you are willing to sacrifice a little convenience you could spend a little less time getting around on four wheels. Trust me, it’s worth it 🙂