I’ll be honest about something right now.
I kind of hate going to stores to shop. Like physical stores.
It’s not that I dislike getting in the car or handling real products as I browse.
I’m just addicted to checking the reviews of every product I purchase online. A store seems somehow primitive by comparison now. Sure, I can whip out my phone and do a quick search for an item. But that’s a hassle. The point is that I worry that without consulting the opinions of others, I’m going to buy a lousy product. How do I know if this microwave is a piece of junk?! I need random strangers to tell me!
I do the same thing with restaurants.
I can’t visit a new restaurant without first finding out what everyone else thought of the restaurant.
Yes, I know, we have to take reviews with a grain of salt. Some people give bad reviews because they were expecting something other than what the restaurant delivered. Or maybe they are spoiled or something. But God forbid, I endure a fifteen minute meal without first consulting Yelp.
My wife and I spent the last two weeks in the back country of Idaho. We rented a cabin, flew out to Boise and spent a week in solitude.
And all of our friends said, “Why???”
No one we know had ever been to Idaho.
In fact, it sounded like an absurd vacation spot. That’s potato country, right?
But I discovered something.
You don’t need to check the reviews on everything.
Sometimes, you just go.
That’s how you find secret places.
Remember, if you are looking for a place, a adventure or an experience…
What if we stopped living, enslaved to the reviews and just went?
We might find something that no one else knows about.