“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson
This reminds of my early days of travel. Instead of being at my college graduation, I was in Dallas training at the American Airlines learning centre. A bunch of us went out on the town, to Dallas alley to shop, have dinner and generally putz around.
I was so thrilled with it all. I remember taking a horse and carriage ride with 3 other people. We went past Dealey Plaza. I got to see the deadly book depository, the Kennedy Memorial and the infamous “grassy knoll”. In the carriage was a girl from our class, I remember her because everyday she had a pair of eye glasses to match every outfit, imagine!
As we travelled along historic roads, idle chatter was exchanged. Girly with all the glasses was saying how she had been to Hong Kong. Well now, remember I was a newby to the travel industry. Hong Kong seemed worlds away – and it is, it seemed exotic and exciting to me. Still does.
I remember saying “Wow, how was that?” She looked at me like I had cotton for brains, and said, with a tone I am sure was practiced in front of a mirror; ” It’s a big city what do you think?” If I recall I didn’t have an answer back then. I do now. If that were today, I would say to missy with the glasses, how sad that you went to a fantastic international city like Hong Kong and couldn’t find a single memorable thing to talk about. Perhaps the glasses were faulty!
It is true that sometimes we go on holiday and don’t particularly like the destination we chose. It is also true that some folks should only go to Florida. They do not like different and that’s okay.
My personal philosophy is this; look at every place you travel to as a blessing. I don’t care if it’s to Lake Wana Muk Muk in Northern Ontario, or Senggigi Beach on Lombok island in Indonesia, every spot on Mother earth is precious and unique, and has something to offer.
The travel tip for this column, stay open, decided there is something to discover- then open your heart to it, if you don’t let yourself get jaded, or take travel for granted, the world is your oyster.
Drive, fly, take the train, I don’t care.
Just travel, open your heart, open your mind and yes, clean your glasses!
Till next time. Bren.
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