The Art of Traveling

In honor of Kate being out of town, I decided to write a post dedicated to the art of traveling. I have the following excerpt from Kent Nerburn's book taped to my wall. It's SUCH a good slice of wisdom, I had to share it with you... plus some sweet travel-related images.

"We need to travel. If we don't offer ourselves to the unknown, our senses dull. Our world becomes small and we lose our sense of wonder. Our eyes don't lift to the horizon: our ears don't hear the sounds around us. The edge is off our experience, and we pass our days in a routine that is both comfortable and limiting.

We wake up one day and find that we have lost our dreams in order to protect our days. Don't let yourself become one of these people. The fear of the unknown and the lure of the comfortable will conspire to keep you from taking the chances the traveler has to take. But if you take them, you will never regret your choice.

To be sure, there will be moments of doubt when you stand alone on an empty road in an icy rain, or when you are ill with fever in a rented bed. But as the pains of the moment will come, so too will they fall away.

In the end, you will be so much richer, so much stronger, so much clearer, so much happier, and so much better a person that all the risk and hardship will seem like nothing compared to the knowledge you have gained."

 

Excerpt from: Letters to My Son: A Father's Wisdom on Manhood, Women, Life and Love; Images from top: Quit your job...; Not all those...; wonderlandadventures via Live and Enliven; Europa Touring/Paris; celebration of colour via Plenty of Colour