"Travel is rich with learning opportunities, and the ultimate souvenir is a broader perspective,"
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 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 on 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."