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Off-Road Rant - Editorial - Vacation

Posted in Features on January 1, 2012
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I took a little hiatus this month in the middle of a production schedule and dropped down to the Southern Hemisphere to get a little different daily education. The time off work was needed, and traveling is the absolute best way to broaden your horizons on…well, everything!

It had been some time since I’ve taken a non-work-related vacation, and I didn’t do any work for 15 days. Well, almost no work. There were a few short off-roading adventures, a couple days of visiting Aussie 4x4 companies and hitting the Melbourne National 4x4 Outdoors Show…and I did have to stop and look at every foreign (foreign to me, the foreigner) 4x4 I ran across.

But the little bit of work didn’t change the feeling of being away from home. The air smelled different, the food was different, the people were different, the water felt different, kangaroos roamed the plains, steering wheels were on the wrong side of the truck, and there was snow in July and August. I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore, Dorothy. This was Oz.

While I’m not here to promote Australian tourism—though I definitely recommend the trip if you ever get the chance—I was again reminded of how eye-opening and educational it is to see the world from another point on the map. There is nothing that makes you understand other people’s cultures, beliefs, and ways of life better than walking in their footsteps—even if just for a short time. If you have kids, take ’em and head outta town. Even the next state over will give you something that you don’t get in your hometown. You don’t have to cross international borders to see a lot of great and different things in this world. So take advantage of that. It’s worth it just to see what other 4x4s other guys are driving!

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