Posted on Friday December 1, 2023

Celebrating the Gift of Travel

A profound source of recent inspiration

As the December breeze ushers in a season of reflection and joy, I find myself thinking back to a profound source of recent inspiration – my time spent with my niece, Ria. I was able to travel to spend time with her in Germany.

Her presence reminded me of some of the simple yet profound values that shape our lives: Relationships, Integrity, and (appreciating) Awesomeness (RIA). These values, when mirrored in the realm of travel, illuminate the deep gratitude and appreciation we feel for the incredible experiences that journeying brings into our lives.

Travel, at its core, is about forming relationships – not only with the people we meet but with the places we visit and the cultures we immerse ourselves in. Each journey we embark upon allows us opportunities to forge new connections, deepening our understanding of the world and its diverse inhabitants. It’s in these moments, whether sharing a laugh with a local artisan or marvelling at a natural wonder alongside fellow travellers, that we truly grasp the essence of our shared humanity.

Integrity in travel goes beyond mere responsible tourism. It’s about engaging with our world honestly and respectfully, leaving places as beautiful as we found them, and honouring the stories and traditions of the locales we visit. It’s this integrity that transforms our travels from mere vacations into journeys of personal growth and ethical impact. As we often say, take only pictures and leave only footprints.

The awe we experience in our travels is a gift. It’s in the breathtaking sunset over the ocean, the intricate architecture of an ancient building, or the simple yet profound act of witnessing life in different corners of the world. This sense of wonder not only enriches our travels but also rejuvenates our spirit, reminding us of the beauty and vastness of our world.

As we navigate through December, a time inherently filled with gratitude, let’s extend this feeling to our travels. Each trip we take is a privilege, a collection of moments that become part of our life’s tapestry. Let’s be thankful for the sights we’ve seen, the people we’ve met, and the lessons we’ve learned. Every journey is a reminder of how vast, yet interconnected, our world is.


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