Reflecting on the Benefits of Travel

Looking back on my past trips, I realize that with traveling comes change, learning, and growth.

Reflecting on this, I asked myself, ” What have I learned from my trips”?

From my time in Japan-

Most noteworthy, I experienced hospitality in it’s purest form. Magnanimous expressions of kindness. Nearly everyone that I met demonstrated it in their own way and to a different degree. It was as if each person that I had the privilege of meeting painted a brushstroke and collectively presented a portrait of hospitality. To me…Indelible ink on an impressionable mind.

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I learned the value of making time for those important to you. Put yourself out there. Make yourself available and don’t take for granted the opportunities that you have to spend time together, to make memories together.

Hospitality = Kindness to Strangers

With travel, there is the opportunity to learn something new about yourself and leave something old behind… The ability to grow… The option to bring home a broadened  perspective.

Mark Twain observed-

“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.”


Paper Burns

I live in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Northern California. The last few years of drought have brought us long fire seasons and a couple of close calls. This summer, I helped some friends that live just 10 miles from us to evacuate….

Questions arise-

What would you bring, what would you grab when it’s time to go? What do you leave for the fire?

This got me thinking of my travel journals. I dug them up, dusted them off, and realized that these are stories to be shared, not lost.

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