I am blessed this month to be traveling to France which is by far my favorite destination on this earth. My intention for the month of July is to be as mindful as possible in my travel. From the planning for my trip, to my time spent in country and the stories I share of my adventures after my return, I want all of these activities to be in alignment with living mindfully. I have already begun to share photos and sentiments from my heart on Instagram that reflect my love for travel and France in particular. In light of this intention, I wanted to share the content of a previous post that reiterates why travel is important to me.
My love of travel began as a child traveling with my grandparents on summer vacation with a camper hooked up to their station wagon. It may not have been glamorous, but I loved seeing new places and having amazing new experiences wherever we went. As an adult, my love of travel has only expanded. Whether foreign or domestic, for business or pleasure, I still love getting out of my element and expanding my view of the world. I admire travel writer Rick Steves for his unique perspective of making travel an opportunity to celebrate differences and overcome misunderstandings. "Life is more meaningful, fulfilling and flat-out fun when you celebrate rather than fear the diversity on this planet." This is the basis for mindful travel and wanderlust.
While I am eager to travel whenever and wherever the opportunity arises, I have truly become a Francophile. From the first time I set foot in France, I felt like I had finally come home. I understood what Gertrude Stein meant when she said "America is my country and Paris is my hometown." As much as I love my home and am proud to be an American, I always feel like I leave a part of myself behind each time I leave Paris. In her book My Life In France, Julia Child summed up my feelings better than I could my self.
"I had come to the conclusion that I must really be French, only no one had informed me of this fact. I loved the people, the food, the lay of the land, the civilized atmosphere, and the generous pace of life."
I do not know if we all have some version of "wanderlust", but for me it has become a valuable part of my life. It is my hope that as I begin to share the things travel has taught me that it will also bring value to you. In the meantime happy travels!