34 Responses to “Destination-less Walking: mini mission”


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  1. Courtney, the new look is serenely beautiful. Your mini-mission is too.

  2. I enjoy walking very much with my fiancé Thanh Ngoc. Each night we have the same walking route and it is usually late at night, when not many people around.

    This is our time for a break from work (we have a home business).

    I know that going for walks makes us healthy, but it really isn’t the reason for doing it. It’s time for us to connect and talk to each other, without any distractions. Also, we’re in the middle of spring and everything looks beautiful at the moment.

    • Courtney Carver

      Peter I love that. Taking that time to connect or re-connect is so important. We are not in the middle of Spring in Utah. In fact, it is snowing now and ski resorts are opening this weekend!

  3. Meg B.

    This is a lovely thought! I suffer from “hurry up syndrome”, also known as “just get where you’re going syndrome”. This is such a good reminder that I am missing out. Thank you.

  4. We all could benefit from a little meandering. Life doesn’t have to be a freeway!

  5. Leo

    Lovely post, Courtney. I take destination-less walks all the time, and they are wonderful.

    I really like the new look. The header is absolutely gorgeous.

  6. My favorite walk is with my grandchildren, or my dog. They help me see and experience things, without them I wouldn’t have noticed are there. A rock that is perfectly round, or a hermit crab that has chosen the most elaborate shell to be its home. The “walk” is what counts–not where we are going.

  7. Leah Rhodes

    I often walk with no destination. It’s one of life’s best pleasures. Thanks for the lovely post.

  8. One of my favorite things to do is walk, but sometimes I find myself quite distracted – I’ll think about the exercise I’m getting, or get a call (that I choose to answer) on my mobile phone.

    But other times I just go for the sake of the walk, and those are often the times that I have my best, deepest thoughts about life.

  9. I don’t believe that you can have destinationless walking as you intend to get home at some time.

  10. The Barking Unicorn

    For a pure, aimless walk, just follow a stray dog. It has no intention of getting anywhere and it’s interested in everything.

  11. This sounds wonderful this time if year especially! I will definitely make time for this this week. Trying to make the space in my daily schedule for time to do nothing!

  12. The ultimate in destination-less walking is taking a stroll with a two year old! Everything is an exciting experience!

  13. Thanks for this post! You inspired me to leave work ON TIME for a change, then head home for a walk with my brother before winter is scheduled to set in tomorrow. We walked through the neighborhood we grew up in, just noticing what’s changed and what’s stayed the same. It’s amazing the shared memories that come up.

  14. Brenda Ueland suggests walking 4+ miles daily in her book,”If you want to write”,published 1938.

    “…and how do these creative thoughts come? They come in a slow way.It is the little bomb of revelation bursting inside you.I found I never took a long , solitary walk,without some of these silent,little inward bombs bursting quietly:’I see,I understand that now’and a feeling of happiness.”

  15. Courtney,

    My favorite type of destination-less walking is through the woods. It’s fun to just pick a path as it comes up (as long as you don’t get lost!). There’s something about meandering through the trees that is just so magical.

    Btw, I love the new look. It reminds me of fresh linen. :)

  16. I walk several times a week on my own or with my daughter or a friend for exercise and to calm my mind. I love it. This wonderful post made me realize that I really only walk without a destination when I’m on vacation. I think I’ll change that. Thanks for the suggestion.

  17. Going for a walk is a great way to clear your head. Thanks Courtney!

  18. One of my favorite memories growing up was going on “meanders” with my Dad (and sister). We’d just walk and see where we ended up. It was fun to just be together, the destination didn’t matter.

  19. This is too funny! Last Friday, after having a lovely cup of coffee with Tammy at RowdyKittens, I started walking in search of a place to write. I didn’t want one of my usual haunts, so I just kept walking.

    Of all things, I took a street I don’t normally, and a frozen yogurt shop had just opened. They were giving away free yogurt the first day! Yum! I couldn’t believe my luck. I ended up just wandering more afterwards, and it was so beautiful. The feeling of wandering just can’t be beat. It satisfies my wanderlust in a way nothing else does.

    Unknown reward may lurk just beyond the next corner, if you are willing to take a peek.

  20. manish

    hello Courtney,

    I am Manish, from india and a new comer to your blog with reference to Zen habits. after reading your interesting n meaningful this post gave me a new dimension to my walks. thx for this wonderful helping blog.

    heartfelt regards

  21. A fun addition to what you’ve mentioned is to get an all day bus pass(usually 2-5 $$ most ciites) bring a backpack with enough food for the day and take random buses to random areas, get off and walk. Just be sure you have a plan to catch the last bus home :) I posted about it a few days ago with photos, but not quite as well written!


    Dig the site, keep up the fine work

  22. A group of us in Brooklyn have started a collective for setting up a kind of learning coop, or “unschool,” We were tossing around subject areas for open-ended learning activities, and talked about doing a group that walks together without a destination. I Googled, and found your blog! Sometimes I walk very slowly, so as not to miss anything. If you REALLY SEE what you’re looking at, it’s all fascinating.

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