Hi, it’s Lara! If you’ve got a bit of time, I’d love to tell you about my trip to the epic Grand Canyon as an online nomad, and how you could go about ticking some iconic locations off your bucket list too.
“The road to the Grand Canyon from the south crosses a gently rising plateau that gives no hint at what is about to unfold. You wonder if you have made a wrong turn. All at once an immense gorge a mile deep and up to 18 miles wide opens up. The scale is so vast that even from the best vantage point only a fraction of the canyon’s 277 miles can be seen.” (National Geographic)
The Grand Canyon is known for its visually overwhelming size and its intricate and colorful landscape. It’s a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River in the state of Arizona in the United States. Nearly two billion years of Earth’s geological history have been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted. Can you tell I’ve done a bit of homework? I have to say that my mind was blown by the Grand Canyon and I felt as though I had to try and learn a bit more about how it got there, if only to do it some justice!
On my most recent trip to North America, I hadn’t planned on going to the Grand Canyon but it was too close for me to deny myself the visit. As mentioned in the quote above, from the National Geographic, the first glance you get of the Grand Canyon is nothing but breath taking. The sight hits you right in the face and from then on I was close to speechless for the majority of the visit. As an online nomad I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to many places but the sheer scale of this natural wonder is phenomenal. You know how sometimes you see pictures of places and feel as though you have a pretty good idea of what to expect so you aren’t all that surprised when you see it in person? That is totally not the case with this.
I experienced a similar feeling to what I felt in Patagonia and the Sahara desert – the mind boggling vastness, knowing that there is so much out there to see and feeling minuscule but completely at peace with it because it’s all so exciting and daunting. It’s the feeling of being an adventurer, a traveller, a digital nomad. I find that each trip somehow reminds me of other trips, things I’ve learned or experienced, and all of these memories culminate at unexpected times to make me feel both grateful and continually inspired to seek out more. I really am very lucky.
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post, to find out more about being a nomad online and living the Digital Nomad lifestyle, click here to listen to Stuart tell you a bit more…
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