A wall-sized map of the world animated my childhood kitchens in Edmonton, Winnipeg, New York and Montreal. Geography was a favorite family game. We had vacations in Rome and London in the 1960s. I grew up seeing travel as a source of fun, adventure and escape.
The lure of travel is often accompanied by a hope. A hope for change, for personal metamorphosis and for discovering a more inspiring version of ourselves. A hope for something and someone new and improved. At the very least, a change from our routines.
The lure of the road
Recently my brother’s family took a road trip in Arizona and Utah. Their photos were amazing, so now I want to take the same kind of trip. I want a great adventure with incredible scenery.
There’s just one hitch: I can't stand sitting in a car for hours each day. The inactivity is counter to my nature. My back aches just thinking about it. I also worry about "unhealthy" roadside meals and bad beds in airless motel rooms. I fear a road trip will bring on bouts of the restlessness and worry that travel is designed to conquer.
It's a real shame. Because being on the road means experiences and people of the unexpected and unforgettable variety. All this captivates my imagination, especially in deepest February.
How to hit the road without leaving your street
All my travels to date have taught me that, once the trip is over, we are back to where we started. So how can we capture the transformative feeling of travel – the adventure, the unexpected, the new – without taking a trip?
I have a few ideas on the subject:
Hit the road,
My family, relationships, movement, nature, flexibility of mind, exploration of alternative perspectives & openness are central to my life.