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Travel is not defined by distance

With my Greek souvenirs distributed, my complimentary hotel toiletries on display in my bathroom, and the ouzo drained from a shot glass or two, I have officially settled back into my home base routine. Oddly enough, I already find myself yearning for a bit of foreign exploration. For now, the Puget Sound region will have to suffice as I wait for my next big adventure (psst…end of June – 10 days in Alaska!). There are hundreds of hidden gems in the Pacific Northwest which I have yet to discover. They may not be world renowned or revered, but they are discoveries nonetheless and I plan on exploring them all.

I am a strong believer that travel happens everywhere. Whether you are scaling the Himalayas or exploring your local farmer’s market, travel is about mind set and attitude. We are all travelers within our neighborhoods and communities. A traveler is someone who simply steps outside the box and seeks to learn and experience on a level of genuine interest. The location is simply the backdrop to your adventure.

When we open our eyes to new experiences, we allow ourselves to learn from other people and cultures. Knowledge and openness pave the road to understanding and compassion, both of which are necessary in the pursuit of global equality and peace. We can all take time to learn from our neighbors and community members, stepping out of routine is not as difficult as it may seem.

Having completed a whirlwind, five star tour of Greece my belief in the power of travel is firmly reinforced. I may have missed out on some of the authenticity I prefer, but I still found it when I asked. Whether hitchhiking or flying by private jet, whether globe trotting or simply discovering your community’s local offerings, we can all benefit from travel and experiencing our surroundings.

Posted by Jennylynn 23:42

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