Gratitude from A to Z: Travel

I'm grateful for the opportunity to travel. The opportunity to remove myself completely from my usual environment can be very relaxing and restorative. Travel gives me an expanded world view that I would never experience in my normal daily routine.

Travel is often restricted to wineries, resorts, gated vacation communities and other areas built to attract me and my dollars. These places do not always provide a deeper understanding of an area and the people who live there. It can be much more meaningful to spend longer periods in one place, drinking in the local culture and really getting to know the locals.

Travel is a luxury that, from a global perspective, very few can afford. Many have travel forced upon them to escape difficult and dangerous living conditions.

I am grateful for the opportunity to travel by choice rather than circumstance.

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  • Krys

    Krys St Marys

    Klassens have itchy feet. My father once confided to his daughter-in-law that he didn't travel because he was afraid he would just keep going. There are many ways that could be interpreted but I choose to believe travel, not escape, was the motivation - he always had my mother with him! All my siblings travelled but we were lucky to be in a field of work and a time when we could quit a lucrative job and travel and come back and pick up a new job. No house, no car, no kids or pets to worry about, or even parents; in a large family there was always someone else to take care of them. We had an interesting conversation with a prince in Bali - we were envious that he could live so cheaply - his hotel cost us $2 a night. He pointed out that it was fine if he stayed put - travel was out of his reach. So many interesting books on travel out there - part of them being what we discover about ourselves while travelling. - anything by Dervla Murphy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dervla_Murphy "Murphy is best known for her 1965 book Full Tilt: Ireland to India With a Bicycle, about an overland cycling trip through Europe, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. She followed this with volunteer work helping Tibetan refugees in India and Nepal and trekking with a mule through Ethiopia. Murphy took a break from travel writing following the birth of her daughter, and then wrote about her travels with Rachel in India, Pakistan, South America, Madagascar and Cameroon. She later wrote about her solo trips through Romania, Africa, Laos, the states of the former Yugoslavia and Siberia. In 2005, she visited Cuba with her daughter and three granddaughters. Murphy has normally travelled alone without luxuries and depending on the hospitality of local people. She has been in dangerous situations; for example, she was attacked by wolves in the former Yugoslavia, threatened by soldiers in Ethiopia, and robbed in Siberia. However, she described her worst incident as tripping over cats at home and shattering her left arm.[1][2] " - Doug Fetherling Running Away to Sea: Round the World on a Tramp Freighter – 1998 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Fetherling - Don Starkell Paddle to the Amazon https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Starkell - Kate Harris http://www.kateharris.ca/ "Kate Harris is a writer with a grudge against borders and a knack for getting lost. Named one of Canada's top ten adventurers. Lives off-grid on the edge of BC, the Yukon, and Alaska."

    Klassens have itchy feet. My father once confided to his daughter-in-law that he didn't travel because he was afraid he would just keep going. There are many ways that could be interpreted but I choose to believe travel, not escape, was the motivation - he always had my mother with him!
    All my siblings travelled but we were lucky to be in a field of work and a time when we could quit a lucrative job and travel and come back and pick up a new job. No house, no car, no kids or pets to worry about, or even parents; in a large family there was always someone else to take care of them.
    We had an interesting conversation with a prince in Bali - we were envious that he could live so cheaply - his hotel cost us $2 a night. He pointed out that it was fine if he stayed put - travel was out of his reach.

    So many interesting books on travel out there - part of them being what we discover about ourselves while travelling.
    - anything by Dervla Murphy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dervla_Murphy "Murphy is best known for her 1965 book Full Tilt: Ireland to India With a Bicycle, about an overland cycling trip through Europe, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. She followed this with volunteer work helping Tibetan refugees in India and Nepal and trekking with a mule through Ethiopia. Murphy took a break from travel writing following the birth of her daughter, and then wrote about her travels with Rachel in India, Pakistan, South America, Madagascar and Cameroon. She later wrote about her solo trips through Romania, Africa, Laos, the states of the former Yugoslavia and Siberia. In 2005, she visited Cuba with her daughter and three granddaughters.
    Murphy has normally travelled alone without luxuries and depending on the hospitality of local people. She has been in dangerous situations; for example, she was attacked by wolves in the former Yugoslavia, threatened by soldiers in Ethiopia, and robbed in Siberia. However, she described her worst incident as tripping over cats at home and shattering her left arm.[1][2] "
    - Doug Fetherling Running Away to Sea: Round the World on a Tramp Freighter – 1998 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Fetherling
    - Don Starkell Paddle to the Amazon https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Starkell
    - Kate Harris http://www.kateharris.ca/ "Kate Harris is a writer with a grudge against borders and a knack for getting lost. Named one of Canada's top ten adventurers. Lives off-grid on the edge of BC, the Yukon, and Alaska."

  • Rob Witherspoon

    Rob Witherspoon

    The beauty of blogging is that sometimes the comments are more interesting and informative than the posts! Great observations Krys and I'm putting Dervla, Don and Kate on my reading list. As a musician, I'd one day like to head out on the road and just play my way across the country and see how far I could get...

    The beauty of blogging is that sometimes the comments are more interesting and informative than the posts! Great observations Krys and I'm putting Dervla, Don and Kate on my reading list. As a musician, I'd one day like to head out on the road and just play my way across the country and see how far I could get...

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