Monday, November 08, 2010

oh the joys of travel


whether you mean it to be or not, every journey is a voyage of discovery. often self-discovery. in the wee hours of a long-haul flight, when sleep eludes, or in the quiet moments soaking in a sinfully deep bubble bath in a luxury hotel room, there is time for reflection, time to hear your own thoughts, time that doesn't necessarily appear in the reality of everyday existence.

travel is also jarring...the fact that a few hours on a plane can transport you to a different climate, to a different culture, to the other side of the world...is hard on the body. and the mind. and sometimes it's hard to catch up. but it's mostly amazing. and a privilege. 

travel makes me feel alive. it inspires me. it clears my head and gives me the time to think that i crave. breathing new air, drinking in new experiences, talking to different people, these things feed my soul. make me feel complete. and even when the journey is long and tiring, i find it somehow exhilarating.

traveling to distant shores helps me know who i am.

10 comments:

Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

Hello julie

Sounds by your post you had a great trip and I am glad you had time for self-discovery. I am looking forward to some travel this coming year and see places I have wanted to see since I was little.

Best
Tracy :)

Elizabeth said...

Being by yourself just somewhere does that to oneself.

Glad your back and hearing that you had that experience.

Will said...

My favorite travel is one-way and not returning to the start point any time soon. I'd would been fine going with Kerouac and Cassady.

NuminosityBeads said...

I love travel and am jarred by it for al the same reasons you express. It's always nice to go someplace warmer, isn't it?
xoxo Kim

Karen said...

Amen, sister. My feelings are the same... my husband and I do not share this love for travel and it's a big void.

Beautiful photo...

B said...

It's about being out of your confort zone isn't it? Looking at things in a different light... yes truly inspiring!
Philipines is now on my never ending list of places to visit!

Dyche Designs said...

I'm not a great traveller but I do love how travel inspires me so I know exactly what you mean.

Erin Wallace said...

Completely agree with you. I've found myself in places I never would have believed would touch me so much. Glad your trip has been wonderful.

xo Erin

mrs mediocrity said...

you are a jewel

Lisa said...

I miss traveling. The change of scenery really did recharge my batteries.

BTW, that picture at the top of this post is stunning.