Travel: A Matter of Perspective

     When you think about travel, what comes to mind? I would venture to say that the answer will be different for nearly anyone you ask. It is a matter of perspective and individual taste. There is no right or wrong, just differences. Here are a few of the many reasons why people travel:
   • Recommendations - from friends, relatives or acquaintances
   • Change of scenery – escaping to anyplace that’s different
   • Relaxation - a need to get away from everyday responsibilities
   • Exploration – a desire to seek out new adventures, places and things
   • Experimentation – e.g. horse backing riding in the surf, diving on a coral reef, hot-air ballooning over unseen lands
     When reflecting back on destinations traveled, your evaluation of the experience can vary greatly from others. Once again, it is all a matter of the individual person’s judgement as to what makes the travel experience good or bad. Often this is reflected in the first thing that pops into your mind. Some ways travel can be valued are:
   • Scenery – the visual sights all around
   • Food – tasting the local or traditional flavors of the area
   • People - planned traveling companions or new people encountered along the way
   • Cultural experience – learning local customs and traditions
   • History – understanding the stories of previous times
   • Opportunity – how one locations leads to another
   • Adventure – the excitement of discovery
   • Challenges – pushing boundaries
     physical – going beyond what you thought you could do
     mental – learning to extend your visceral perceptions
     To what extent people engage their travel experience using all their senses, can make a difference in their take-aways. These may not be normal criteria when people consider how to travel, but if they are taken into consideration, the resulting experience could be that much more memorable. Some examples are:
   • Sight – try to look beyond the obvious and observe more subtle hidden wonders
   • Sound – close your eyes and listen to the sounds of the city or nature at its finest
   • Taste – eat and drink slowly to try and identify some unique new flavors
   • Smell – take a deep breath and smell the sea, or the spices in the foreign markets
   • Touch – feel your where you're at, from the smooth texture of an ancient wall to the coolness of a mountain stream
   • Soul – experiencing an unexplainable sensation that warms you from the inside out, as you sense a deep connection to a place
     Whatever your reasons for travel, I hope you make the most of your experience. It should be a time for reflection and something to be enjoyed long after you unpack your bags. Why not make the effort to experience your travels in all respects possible, and create some lasting memories that are as unique as you?
(Written June 2020)

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