The Essence of Travel

Beyond the basic concept of travel

Travel, according to the New Oxford American Dictionary, is the act of making a journey, typically of some length or abroad. And in the most basic sense yes, this definition is true.  However, a recent move of apartments reminded me that there are no parameters for defining travel.

My move took me from a nice ground floor apartment surrounded by lovely greenery to a similarly designed apartment just six floors up, and it is remarkable how those six floors allowed me to step into an entirely different frame of mind.  Between the light and airy feel and the expansive view from my lanai (Hawaiian for terrace), I felt my spirit lift within 24-hours of moving in.

Instead of waking up mid-morning and groggily making my way to the nearby coffee shop, I find myself rising at dawn and breakfasting on the lanai as the sun makes its ascent into the sky.  Varying plays of light, an array of unfamiliar sounds, and a whole new vista – wait, aren’t these the things people so often say they love about traveling?

I may have not gone far, but I feel as though I’ve traversed the globe many times over.  What a difference a new perspective – quite literally – has had on my daily life, and most definitely for the best.  After all, travel is simply any movement that allows you to see things from a new point a view, with a fresh pair of eyes.  And this sort of joy is available to anyone, rich or poor.  If you don’t have the time or the means to journey to foreign soil, try stepping outside of your daily routine to spice things up.  Whether it’s taking a stroll in a neighborhood other than your own or visiting your local arts museum, your mind and spirit will thank you.

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3 responses to “The Essence of Travel

  1. I’m always struck when walking around NYC at sundown how even though the streets are now dark, if you look up, some of the buildings are still splashed in light. By virtue of living high up in an apartment building, the sun perceptively sets later.

    Thank you for articulating this idea so nicely

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the post. More importantly, thank YOU for reminding me about this beautiful quirk of living in such a grand city as New York. I haven’t lived there since 2004, and you managed to get my nostalgia flowing. Aloha and goodnight to you.

  2. Ah yes, the place you decide to hang your hat can color the entire experience of a place! I lived in a windowless apartment in Seoul. It had major pros and major cons. Pros=shielded from street noise, winter’s cold. Con: obviously no natural light. Was depressing at times. I’d spent as much weekend time out of the apartment during the nice weather–forcing me to explore the city for hours and hours when my true nature is to stay close by home. Pro! And when winter came, I cocooned myself in between heavily layered Namsan walks…loads of projects, writing…emerging as sort of a creative butterfly, at the end. But boy was I grateful when a friend invited me to move out early and spend the last week living at her home with, yes, many windows and a fresh perspective on Yongsan-gu life’s hustle and bustle I’d missed the entire year!

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