Sometimes my own inertia drives me nuts.
I’ve been trying to get this blog up and running for what seems like eons. The idea started forming around 2009, I think. Four years later I actually bought the domain name. Woop!
While ideas ruminated at the back of my mind, the site sat in limbo for several more years, feeling all neglected. Wah waah.
Another thing that drives me nuts is the opportunities I’ve let slip by. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy with many things I’ve done. I don’t mean to be all negative or down on myself, but I’ll just explain.
I feel very fortunate to have done a bit of traveling in my lifetime.
I just wish I had kept a journal or blog during my summer on Crete, my six weeks in Amsterdam, the seven years on cruise ships, or that time I drove across the US when I was twenty. Not to mention those three cold winter months learning German in Germany, in an intensive-language program where I was the only American in a class full of Russians.
Jawohl! Fun times.
And then there are the more recent travels I wish I had documented.
This June I returned to Seattle after six incredible weeks spent in Europe, starting in Istanbul, followed by travels in England and Wales, then Switzerland and Italy. Not long before that I was lucky to be able to spend ten days in Paris celebrating my 40th birthday and running the Paris marathon.
Yippie! My bucket list felt very fulfilled that week.
And last November I got to spend a week in Cuba (una semana en Havana!) exploring the most unique, historically- and culturally-rich, as well as the largest city in the Caribbean — while also trying to improve my rudimentary Spanish skills.
The question now is, did I take full advantage of those amazing opportunities? Did I share pictures on my blog? Or any of the day-to-day stories? Did I even get my blog up and running in time? Did I?
[Insert heavy sigh of regret here.]
Well, at least not yet.
In my defense, I did keep a detailed journal while in Cuba, and I hope to share some of those stories soon.
I also took less thorough notes during my recent travels in Europe. And I suppose the good thing is that these missed opportunities have made my resolve grow stronger.
So here I am, writing my first blog post!
[Insert me giving myself a pat on the back here.]
Travel has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember, so I thought it was about time I take more care in documenting and sharing the little lessons, anecdotes, humorous stories, and cultural exchanges I’ve been experiencing along the way.
Our little planet has so many unique and amazing spots just waiting to be discovered and shared. Some of them are right in our own back yard! And for me, the greatest reward of travel is the people I get to meet along the way.
It’s the people we meet that open our minds to different ways of seeing things. It’s the people that make travel so memorable and worthwhile.
As Mark Twain once famously wrote: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
So here’s to less vegetating, and more exploring! I’d be so pleased if you’d join me on this journey. I’d also be pleased if you’d share your own thoughts and experiences with me in the comments section. What is it about travel that you love most?