“Traveling in the company of those we love is home in motion.”
When I first started Jaybird, it was this Leigh Hunt quote that inspired me. I was about to finish my second year of AmeriCorps, and I was eager to move into the city, start a new job, and save for my travel fund.
As I made a home in the city, I found that experiences closer to home were the ones I could enjoy with friends and family: a painting class, a day trip to a brewery, a meal at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant. I started to pursue more solo hobbies, too: giving yoga a second chance, learning how to knit, and of course, blogging.
My idea of exploration became more focused on living fully every day than on travel alone. I wanted to write a blog for people who love learning, who celebrate their local communities, and who occasionally take a trip somewhere new, too. For people like this:
The Everyday Explorer: someone who seeks out new experiences, always striving to make daily life a bit more interesting. Someone who pursues curiosity, opportunity, and growth. Someone who says “yes!” to life.
Today I’m sharing five ways to find adventure in everyday life and my experience planning and sharing ideas with the Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro. I thought Lenovo’s tagline, for those who do, was a perfect reminder to take action–today.
1. Make your home a place for learning.
Budget doesn’t matter when you can access books, videos, virtual tours, and tutorials from anywhere in the world. The YOGA Tablet 2 Pro’s large screen is great for watching videos, and I’ve used its built-in projector to project yoga “classes” onto my living room wall. Though I can’t quite twist myself into a pretzel, my flexibility is definitely improving with practice.
2. Learn more about your town.
I love playing local tourist: admiring the Chicago skyline, waving at my reflection in The Bean, and strolling down Michigan Avenue (ideally early in the morning, before the real tourists wake up). What makes every landmark more interesting is learning a few fun facts–for example, did you know the Bean weighs 110 tons? Thanks, CityofChicago.org! The YOGA Tablet 2 Pro’s touchscreen makes it easy to look up new destinations, then quickly toggle to another Android app to send ideas to a friend, tweet a link, or make a reservation.
3. Don’t be afraid to explore the unknown.
I hemmed and hawed before buying my tickets to Europe, but I am so, so glad I have something big to look forward to this summer. Planning this trip with friends a few states away is easy when we can add ideas and comments to a shared list…and when I can join planning meetings via video chat from my couch, bed, desk, or even a coffee shop.
4. Add some flavor to your daily meals.
Cooking is another way to experience different cultures at home, and I always love encountering recipes with new-to-me ingredients. I often have a recipe pulled up on my laptop while I’m cooking, but it’s tough to protect the keyboard and have a long charging cord trailing over the counter. The Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro is actually designed to be used at home, and its sturdy kickstand keeps recipes easily visible. The battery lasts for 15 hours of use–more than enough time to make tagine or fold potstickers, and longer than other tablets.
5. Share your experiences with friends and family.
If they can’t be there in person, you can use social media or video chat. If they can, gather the whole gang for a photo slideshow while you cuddle and snack. Aren’t adventures better shared?
Fun fact: Ashton Kutcher is Lenovo’s product engineer, and despite his long career, I’ll always think of him as Kelso in That 70s Show. Maybe that era inspired the projector–a party-friendly feature using cloud storage and streaming video instead of 1970s slide carousels. You can watch a Day in the Life of Ashton Kutcher’s Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro and watch Ashton’s focus group videos, where he interviews everyone from senior citizens to entrepreneurs about their experience with the tablet.
Curious about the adventures you could have with Lenovo? Check out the Lenovo Trend Hub to see how 50 bloggers use their YOGA Tablet 2 Pro or Yoga 3 Pro, and to enter a giveway for the chance to try your own!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.