Do You Take Shortcuts?

A lot of people take shortcuts in life. Sometimes it’s as small as cutting through a parking lot to get around traffic. Other times it’s a little more serious like trying to bypass the law to make money. Sometimes they work. Sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they’re beneficial. Sometimes they land you in jail.

In dealing with adventure and our search for it in daily life, I urge you to take the long way around. I’m gearing up for a trip to Wisconsin in the coming weeks to deliver several lectures at a medical conference. The conference is also paying for travel, and most speakers fly, leaving the morning of their lecture and flying home a few hours after.

Not me.

I’m taking the long way ’round.

Instead of a 4 hour flight or even a 9 hour drive straight there, I’m planning on an 8 day excursion that will include several museums, a handful of state highpoints, and lots of non-Interstate autotrekking.

If you yearn for adventure, try taking the long way around next time. It doesn’t have to be a trip either. Just take any activity and make it so. Want an example? Sure you do.

The next time you visit your fave coffee shop or eatery, take some time. Don’t just grab and go and certainly don’t go through the drive-thru. Go inside. Talk to the person serving you. Make it a point to learn their name (hint- it’s usually on their name tag) and something about them. Have a seat and enjoy your whatever. Do some people watching. Enjoy the long way around.

Here’s a great ad I saw in a recent Overland Journal that kind of sums up my sentiment…

Shortcuts-BMW-ad-posted Jan 2016

If this ad or the ideal piques your interest, you should check out my friend Justin Lukasavige and his excursions. He and his wife are on a goal to travel each and every pass in Colorado on their BMW motorcycles. You can find him on Twitter at @lukasavige.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at Thanks for reading!

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