The Art of Travel

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I have a friend that is incredibly and amazingly the most adventurous girl I know.  Her love, her passion?  Travel.  I came across an essay in the book, The Art of Living, that drew images in my head of her and her journeys around the world.  She doesn’t just take time off a busy schedule to go on some two-week vacation, this girl orchestrates complex legs of her journey of life where she is working in a different country as a nurse (Nepal), or on an extended stay in Bali, Indonesia.  She’s been to several places in Europe, Asia, and America, while she grew up and lives in the arctic circle.  Allow me to present my friend, a beautiful woman who inspires me, challenges me with her capacity for bravery, and truly embodies the poetic essay, The Art of Travel.  I adore her… enjoy her pictures of her journeys!

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When you pack your bags to explore the beauties of your own country or to travel around the world, consider these keys to a happy journey.

Travel lightly.  You are not traveling for people to see you!

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Travel slowly. Jet planes are for getting places not seeing places; take time to absorb the beauty and inspiration of a mountain or a cathedral.

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Travel expectantly.  Every place you visit is like a surprise package to be opened.  Untie the strings with an expectation of adventure.

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Travel hopefully.  “To travel hopefully,” wrote Robert Louis Stevenson, “is better than to arrive.”

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Travel humbly.  Visit people and places with reverence and respect for their traditions and ways of life.

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Travel courteously.  Consideration for your fellow travelers and your hosts will smooth the way through the most difficult days.

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Travel gratefully.  Show appreciation for the many things that are being done by others for your enjoyment and comfort.

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Travel with an open mind.  Leave your prejudices at home.

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Travel with curiosity.  It is not how far you go, but how deeply you go that mines the gold of experience.  Thoreau wrote a big book about tiny Walden Pond.

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Travel with imagination.  As the Old Spanish proverb puts it:  “He who would bring home the wealth of the Indies must carry the wealth of the Indies with him.”

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Travel fearlessly.  Banish worry and timidity; the world and its people belong to you just as you belong to the world.

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Travel relaxed.  Make up your mind to have a good time.  Let go and let God.

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Travel patiently.  It takes time to understand others, especially when there are barriers of language and custom; keep flexible and adaptable to all situations.

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Travel with the spirit of a world citizen.  You’ll discover that people are basically much the same the world around.  Be an ambassador of good will to all people.  ❤

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7 thoughts on “The Art of Travel

  1. I am speechless!!! Amazing is the only word I can come up with and it is too soft.

    Congrats and showing what I real traveler looks like and does.

  2. Isn’t she just amazing???!!! I met her in high school… she was a foreign exchange student and is still a friend who I keep in touch with. She’s so beautiful, so adventurous! Thanks for the comment.

  3. Fun!
    One of Mike’s first assignments was a remote to South Korea. I went, too, on my own (we didn’t have kids yet). Taught English on the economy and we had a little apartment outside the base. It was quite an experience. One of our best assignments ever.

    We used my teaching money to tour most of Asia. Went to Hong Kong before China owned it. Went to China and saw the count-down clock to ownership in Beijing. Very interesting experience.

    Your friend is smart for traveling light. We weren’t quite as smart, at first. 🙂
    They had a lot of vendors in Korea with a lot of ‘deals’. We felt very savy, buying a huge suitcase for something like 25 dollars. We could put everything in there! It would be like bringing our entire closet! The thing weighed like 80 pounds. We were pulling stuff out at the airport. And the airport in Seoul was an experience in itself back then. Gah what a nightmare. LOL!

  4. Yes I agree! But with the second (for us at least) it doesn’t seem so hard as it did with our first. Everything was such a big adjustment with the first… now it’s just like, “Eh… we can do it!” LOL

  5. I think my baby bjorn carrier saved my life. That, and the infant backpack.
    I was a muscly, ripped and skinny woman back then, just from carrying toddlers/infants. 😛

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