Basically, Arthur Woods’ New York Times piece posits that where we go and how we plan trips offers a glimpse into who we are. He quotes academic studies about the travel habits of introverts vs. extroverts, Americans vs. Europeans, practical husbands vs. fun-loving wives. I’m not going to dissect the Op-Ed paragraph by paragraph, so just read it for me and tell me what you think…
I travel because it’s like a cleanse for my brain, a kick start to my creative motors and a way to learn about places, people and way of living because I’m an experiential learner, not necessarily a bookish on. These days I’m also travelling as a way to settle into a new life. My family and I relocated recently from British Columbia to Alberta, so I travel to court my new province. I travel because I wan to see what it is Alberta has to offer: fun, views, food, culture, art and people. So far during my 24-72 hour jaunts Alberta has been a pretty good date. Alberta has proven to be an easy place to continue my habit of renewing my mind/soul/body’s vigor. In the past few months I’ve caught up with old friends, hiked through poplar forests and visited beautiful corners of my new home province. The roads are straight. The sky is big. The sunshine abundant. Another bonus: it’s no big deal to drive for four hours for an adventure. We have covered some ground in search of places to fall in love with here.
I’m hoping these Alberta travel adventures last beyond these warm, breezy summer months. So, yes, I agree with Roman rhetoric guru Seneca: travel does indeed renew parts of my brain and spirit.
What about you?
Where do you go to ‘impart new vigour to the mind’? Why do you need to impart this new vigour to your mind?
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