Posted on July 3, 2013 at 4:51 pm by Julie in Uncategorized
An adventure to remote, romantic or exotic lands has been the ultimate reward for anyone who aspires or dreams. It is a gift we give to ourselves or loved ones to celebrate life events; graduation, marriage, a promotion, a special anniversary, a momentous birthday… Travel is considered by most a luxurious indulgence; we save and plan for months and even years in advance. When we think back over our lifetime, memories are categorized by the trips we take throughout our lives. “That was the year we went to the Amalfi Coast…” “When we spent a month exploring South America in our forties…” Some of our strongest memories are of a special trip we shared and the people we met along the way.
Travel touches every sense… we register the distinct damp smell of the Costa Rican Cloud Forest, the taste of Chianti from the hills of Tuscany, the magic of a spectacular sunset while sailing between the Virgin Islands, the call of a distant group of baboons on the Masai Mara and the goose bumps that follow.
While abroad we share our experiences and snapshots with our loved ones with tremendous pride (and perhaps the goal to conjure up a little envy)… When we are on the receiving end of such sharing we quickly forget the dishes in the sink, and our own desire to adventure is sparked again.
Travel changes people profoundly. It gives us a true sense of the bigger world in which we live. It helps to put our lives, our love, our learning and history, nature, and our challenges in perspective. A person may study Renaissance Art and Architecture throughout their lives and have memorized the great works of the period but until they walk in the footsteps of the Ghiberti, Brunelleschi, or Donatello in Italy’s Florence, they do not know it.
There is so much to know, to learn, to experience outside of the 20 mile radius we call home, let’s get started…