When you talk to me about traveling, everything about my body language intensifies. My pupils get bigger, I talk with my hands (more than usual), my energy level emanates into the room. The best way I can describe the way I feel is "evangelical zeal", in that I want to share my experience with others so that they can know that feeling. THAT feeling. That sense of wonder that comes from new experiences, learning things in a different way, understanding that we share much more than we have in conflict with the other inhabitants of our planet.
When we travel, that wonder slows time down so we can take in the things around us like we did when we were children. That pang of sadness when a trip comes to an end is not just about going back to work. It's about going from an experience of intense learning about the destination's sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and sensations back to our daily routine where we usually aren't pressed to interpret every new thing. Even a spa vacation that involves taking time to lounge on the beach, reading for leisure, and sleeping in every day allows you the great luxury of time to feel exactly where you are to think, time to just be. We crave the opportunity to just be, to feel it, to be mindful.
When I return from a trip, I usually need at least 24 hours to unplug. Not only do I need to catch up on sleep and laundry, but I also need to lock in those memories that I made along the way. I'm a big believer in journaling while traveling because I like recording those thoughts while they're fresh. When I go back to read something I wrote a year or a decade ago, I reminds me not only of "where" I was, but also of "who" I was. We're always in state of being, but also in a state of becoming, and it's a great way to check in with who we want to become.
The reason I want so much for others to share that sense of wonder so intertwined with travel is because it makes us richer. The shared experiences create memories that build & strengthen bonds with our companions. We find things that speak to us on a spiritual level (stay tuned for a future post about me, God, and the Big Island of Hawaii.) We learn that as odd as other cultures may seem to us, they share our humanity and have hopes & fears for their children - just like us. That, friends, is the root of empathy and understanding, and those are forms of love, the most valuable commodity there is.
And so, my dears, it begins. This will be my place to share with you. Sometimes it will be how I can help you achieve your travel goals, sometimes to inspire you to experiences and destinations, sometimes advice on how to be safe and savvy while you're pursuing your passions. I want to lead you to think, to dream, to plan, and to experience wonder, because that's a mission that I was born for.