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NOTE: Due to personal matters, I will not be posting next week. My plan is to return on Tuesday 9 March.
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I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
I see a cargo ship in the distance, plus a pleasure craft heading out to see. An airplane just flew over – probably associated with the nearby military base. From the balcony last night I noticed a ship’s lights far out at sea that seem like a cruise ship.
Planes, boats, and ships are means of transportation. They are traveling to and from somewhere, and the people aboard are travelers. With that in mind, travel is today’s topic as I walk this familiar long stretch of beautiful beach.
Some people love to travel. Others want to travel but lack the resources or have health concerns. Some people have no interest in travel. Others have no desire to travel because they are scared – consumed with fears compounded by myths, exaggerations, narrow-mindedness, and negative perceptions.
Travel – to go from one place to another over a presumed distance away from our home.
Travel can be a verb or a noun – a journey, tour, trip, voyage, expedition, excursion, sightsee, globetrot, roam, cruise, hike, trek, ride, gallivant, safari – by plane, boat, car, bus, train, bike, even our own two feet.
Travel is more than seeing sites. It is about learning why the sites are important to the people and why people are proud. After all, everyone lives in a culture with national heroes, traditions, values, and stories.
Travel is enjoyable while creating memories, builds confidence, and bridges cultures by understanding differences and commonalities.
We travel to learn, to share, to expand ideas, to discover and personalize humanity; to expand ourselves, to do better, to be better, to stimulate thought, and to make the world smaller.
Travel creates a lifetime of memories involving gorgeous landscapes and sceneries, historic locations, delightful people, and interesting food.
Travel is uncomfortable by design because the destination is a land that is comfortable for inhabitants – but not the traveler.
Travel connects the world and expands daydreaming if the mind remains open.
Travel involves a hunger to explore, adventure, learn, and challenge yourself – especially if you can explore on your own with comfortable shoes.
We travel to understand globalization, to discover the diversity of humanity, and to identify the commonalities bringing us together and while respecting the differences.
We travel to create meaningful relationships, to experience the culture, then share those lessons with friends.
We travel to help remove preconceptions, overcome fears, and deepen our perspective about all people.
We travel to learn that the majority of people in the world are good.
We are travelers. I have been fortunate to stand in all fifty states but, there is still much more to explore in America. Both of us enjoy and feel comfortable in Europe. We visited numerous countries, but there is still so much more to explore. Unfortunately, the pandemic has halted our journeys – but I believe that is temporary.
I yearn to travel because it is a time we inhale new wide-open spaces while gathering memories of people, places, and things.
I yearn to travel because it is a time to discover old city streets and charming villages to seemingly hold on to a time that has passed.
I yearn to travel so I can dream, wonder, growth, laugh, and cry. Yes, I love to travel, and I miss it.
Beaches are throughout the world, but for me, it is hard to imagine a walking beach as good as this one but, it’s probably out there – somewhere for a traveler to find. Meanwhile, I like walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
See what other bloggers have written about travel
- Precious Moments (photos and short paragraphs by a visitor here)
- Big Valley Pennsylvania (poem and photos)
- The Highs and Lows of a Nomadic Travel Blogger (essay and photos)
- St. Petersburg (Russia) (essay and photos)
- Six Fantastic Travel & Adventure Books to Take Your Mind Off Things (essay)
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