Travel Inspiration: It feels good to be lost

It feels good to be lost in the right direction

“It feels good to be lost in the right direction” – unknown

Last week I took my first solo road trip in almost three years. I spent a lot of time deliberating about whether or not I should take the road trip at all, the usually factors came into play. I didn’t have the money, I should be spending my time on more important projects, and then of course circling around back to the fact that I’m kind of broke at the moment. I wanted to take this trip but at the same time it didn’t feel responsible, so for a week I went back and forth about what to do.

I was feeling pretty lost

I should back up a little, in those weeks leading up to the road trip I endured rejection after rejection from jobs I’d interviewed for, to collaborations I’d pitched to companies I admired. I was definitely going through a phase of “what the F am I doing with my life??”.

So even though a road trip the length of California didn’t feel financially responsible, it felt mentally responsible. I needed to get out of my own head for a little bit, and get lost in the beauty of this gorgeous state. So even though I was feeling lost, the right direction for me was to go, get out and explore. I needed to go and have some new experiences and collect stories to write about later, I am a blogger after all. A road trip definitely was not the “right answer” to my problems, but it was the right direction.

I came home feeling refreshed and more focused. Sometimes you have to get lost to find your way.

If you are feeling lost the best thing to do is to pick what feels like the right direction and go for it.

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12 thoughts on “Travel Inspiration: It feels good to be lost

  1. kat

    Sounds like you’ve had a rough couple of weeks and, to be honest, the job interview and pitching processes are just the worst. You try to shake off rejection but the fact is it just gets you down. I’m glad that you decided to take the time to get away and refocus. Here’s to a better few months ahead! #flyawayfriday

  2. AdventuresofaJerseyGirl

    Sometimes the best thing is to escape the everyday, gain some perspective and come back refocused. You totally did the right thing and love the honesty of the post. I hope things improved on your return #flyawayfriday

  3. Courtney @ Travel Daze

    This sounds like exactly what I’ve been going through lately. I’m dying to get back out on the road, but I kind of feel like I should hold myself back from doing that right away. However, I’m feeling slightly lost as well, and I think a road trip is exactly what I need. #FlyAwayFriday

  4. Ruth

    Agree with what you have written in here! Sometimes time alone is needed to think about certain things that are important in life. Do not give up on your job search (assuming you are still on that path). I was once unemployed for two years and received rejection like you have no idea. Things will get better eventually. #FlyAwayFriday

  5. Tiffany

    Hey Nat! Oh I feel you on the ‘what am I doing with my life’ moments. Something always works out one way or another. Getting refreshed and new perspective can really help with that. Best thoughts moving forward! #flyawayfriday

  6. Kana

    Nat I LOVE this! I’ve felt this way A LOT throughout the years. Moving to LA wasn’t financially wise but it’s the best decision I’ve ever made 🙂 Love these ruminations! Thanks for joining Fly Away Friday, hope to see you again this weekend! xo

    1. nattiekaf Post author

      Thanks so much Kana! Sometimes the seemingly ridiculous or irresponsible choice is the best one. Thats awesome that you made such a big move when it didn’t seem like the best idea! Rock on!

  7. Chloe

    Absolutely love the quote “it wasn’t financially responsible but it was mentially responsible”. Oh how many times I’ve been there!! And it’s always worth it and things always have a way of working themselves out!! Great post !!

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