Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.Jack Kerouac
People often ask us why we sold our condo and decided to travel full-time. Here are some of the reasons why we love to travel.
Travel Changes Your Perspective on Life
Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.
– Gustave Flaubert
Our vistas have expanded beyond our national borders. Our view of the world now encompasses cultures and people very different from our own.
This photo was taken decades ago when we visited friends in Italy. I had no idea that the some of the world’s finest Greek ruins are actually in Sicily. Here, in The Valley of the Temples in Agrigento you can see one of them.
Travel Means Making New Friends and Meeting Relatives
A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.
One of the joys of traveling has been making new friends and meeting up with relatives overseas. We always ask them to share their favorite local places.
When we were visiting our Dutch cousin Joke, she took us to her favorite museum–the Kroeller-Mueller, which has the world’s largest private collection of Van Gogh works. It was amazing.
Travel is Trying New Food and Restaurants
The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.
Another joy of traveling has been expanding our food horizons. Who would have thought of adding a miniature Oreo cookie to an ice cream bar?
We also discovered the “secret sauce” that some Italians add to their pizza. It’s called ‘nduja.’
Travel is Discovering Local Customs
Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.
I love discovering the customs and quirks unique to a city or culture. They give me great pleasure.
Recently, I posted a photo of Nancy Schön’s sculpture, Make Way For Ducklings in the Boston Public Gardens. This week, I discovered that people have been decorating the sculptures for more than three decades. On Friday, the ducks were wearing capes and jackets to keep them warm as the temperatures dropped and snow started to fall. On another day they were wearing hockey jerseys. What’s next?
If I get very curious, I can read Schön’s book featuring photos of the ducks in different costumes called Ducks on Parade!
A special thanks to Amy for this week’s inspiring challenge. Be sure to visit her site and see her wonderful post. We hope you will join us! I’m looking forward to seeing what travel means to you.
Last week, we all enjoyed Ann-Christine’s Memorable Events challenge. Your stories and photos were inspiring. Thanks to Ann-Christine, I’m eager to visit the Sahara.
On Saturday, February 5th at noon, John Steiner will leading the challenge. His topic is Change. He describes it like this: Given that change is inevitable, for this week’s challenge consider change as it applies to you. Maybe it’s the changes in your family over the years, the change of seasons in your favorite park, or even the change in the technology of your camera equipment. In short, what does “change” mean to you?
Until then, have a safe and inspiring week!