Wednesday, July 14, 2010

How Do You Want To Travel?

How Do You want To Travel?

Creating group travel with purpose, mindfulness, and leisurely rhythm, while still not missing the essential sites…is artful traveling.  Then gathering a cohesive group of travelers to engage and be curious together about the country and each other is what fuels my spirit to seek out interesting people, places and then craft an itinerary to match.  Just as an artist who at first may not even know the palette of colors he or she will choose – it is much the same for special focused travel. 

One spends long days and nights creating and crafting an itinerary that will hopefully contribute to the temple of memory…long after the return of a journey.  And sometimes all of us, who are wrapped up in the constant changes in our lives, just need someone to guide us, if only for a week or two.

I have learned that one does not need to travel to such unusual places to discover what matters in life.  Where ever we go… all of us have the same longings and common wish – to be content and to know that our lives matter. Group travel is a full immersion experience. Unencumbered from the details travelers can explore the inner and outer boundaries of themselves… And sprinkle fabulous food and wines to nourish and embellish the stories – it is a fine recipe.

Travel Agents and Tour Companies have queried me on why don’t I just come up with a ‘cookie cutter’ recipe? That would not be as much fun. My methodology for the way I choose to organize my travel planning – one trip or one country at a time is far more adventurous and at times challenging to put all the pieces together. It may not be the best well thought out business plan, nor the easiest path to greater financial gain. However, it has become my way, giving attention to each traveler that chooses to travel with me and the lessons I learn makes the return “priceless”.

As life begins to become more complicated with daily decisions, a journey can be an opportunity for time well needed for reflection and pure joy embracing a quality of time that cannot be carved out in our daily lives.

My travelers come from all over the world and have all become part of the fabric of my life and teaching.   What a privilege to recall a name connected to an experience that draws a smile – or the loss of someone once part of a journey.  Journeys can be a collection of memory like a deep sparkling spring that one can draw from and
stoke remembering a time not so long ago…

Take the leap… experience the fear… and then thank those that take the leap with you. That is the magic of what a journey is all about….

Friday, July 2, 2010

The Art of Travelling

Greetings Travelers and Friends.

It is a beautiful Friday morning on July 2, 2010 here in the Sonoma wine country where we live.  Thank you for your overwhelming response so far to Traveling Matters News and your encouragement for my new venture with a Travel Blog.  Yikes…so much to learn.   I trust you will be patient as I fumble and navigate around the blog world and find the best sources to bring to your attention and write my travel experiences – the agony and ectasy of it all……

Today I awoke to asking myself once  again about the meaning of the word travel and why I continue to care so much about my desire to offer travelers more than just a trip.  I was thinking about my own journey with what seduced me toward making a majority of my life's work about connecting myself to others through the art and ritual of travel. Always having a curiosity for cultures starting at a young age reading National Geographic magazines - my world formed larger than the small town I was raised in.  In 1993 after a significant career change, I woke up one morning to an awareness that I wanted to 'travel with purpose' and began a few solo sojourns around the world... So here I am continuing to organize journeys with meaning and mindfulness, with of course large daily sprinklings of FUN and LAUGHTER too!

Anyone can buy a guide book, maps and get to any place I offer travel to but the question of inquiry is to ask yourself: How do you want to travel and who do I want to travel with?  

If you explore the word travel, it has many meanings; some metaphorically and spiritually defined through pilgrimage and often we take a trip just to 'vacate' ones hectic life, schedule and to vacate the mind of the chatter, right?  Here are few interesting words to play with around travel and might assist you when you are thinking about even taking a journey. 

To Travel - A passage.  And if you travel light, you travel without taking much luggage (except for all those different style of shoes that women must pack).  However, metaphorically we may be traveling heavy from an inner perspective and the act of travelling with purpose can open up those unanswered questions, nourish and renew us for our return home.  

I enjoy knowing the origin of place names and words and incorporate this in my journeys to the countries we visit.

The Latin word for traveler is Viator.  Sounds pleasing to say I am a Viator

And did you know that the Latin phrase for travel is:  eo ire itum - To go, advance, progress  toward.......

For today consider this  Irish musing:

As you journey through life
choose your destinations well, but do not hurry there.
Wander the back road and forgotten paths
Seek out new voices, strange sights,
and ideas foreign to your own.
Such things are riches for the soul.
And may happiness always be your companion wherever you go, 
Whatever you do.