Time for another travel essay. Today’s topic: that time I decided to travel alone.
Just a quick note to say I’ve started a new job this week and I’m a bit busy, to say the least. This weekend I need to figure out a way to have time to work, and write, and blog, and sleep. (If anyone has any tips, please let me know.)
And it’s Wanderlusty Wednesday, so I have to leave you with something! So if you’re contemplating a trip, here are some suggestions…
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The reason people like to travel in warm weather is obvious. But I don’t always like to do this, and here’s why…
So I’ve been thinking about this a lot since the horrible but all too common events in Paris on Friday…
As I’ve mentioned before, my boyfriend and I have a trip planned to Paris in a mere three weeks’ time. We’re going because I have vacation days to use up, because he’s been to Paris only once and for only two days, because it’s an easy trip for me as I’ve been there dozens of times, and because Paris in December is simply lovely.
People–mainly parental-type figures in my life (including my mother), but also strangers on the internet–have wanted to know whether or not we’re canceling our trip.
And my response?
The word “terrorism” came about because the cowards who commit these awful acts of mass murder do it for that very reason: to make us all afraid. Not going to Paris, not traveling, living in fear? It’s letting them win.
Never mind that from a practical standpoint, I have a far better chance of getting run over by a taxi on my way home today than I do of being a victim of terrorism. If you tried to actively avoid everything that can kill you, you’d never leave your house. (Never mind that there are plenty of things inside your house that can also kill you.) The point is, it does not do to live one’s life in fear.
And especially, especially, do not let fear prevent you from traveling. Travel is good for everyone. It expands your mind, lets you experience new things, lets you understand that people are just people, no matter where you go. Never leaving your comfort zone isn’t just boring, it’s also bad for you, and for society as a whole. Travel is a direct antidote to narrow-minded bigotry, which is something I encounter far, far too often here in the good old US of A (especially in light of current events. I’ve abandoned the comments section on Facebook posts for good now. I just can’t.)
You know the saying, “A ship in a harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for”? Don’t spend your life a great ship in a tiny, safe harbor.
Image taken by me October 2012 in Paris, France.
How was your week? Mine was interesting…
As the song goes, “I love Paris, in the winter, when it drizzles….”
This felt like the longest week ever. The day job monster was trying to get me down. But I persevered in preserving my writing time, and I hope you did too!
Here are three things that helped me through my week:
1. Are you a Whedonverse fan? If you say no, I can only assume you haven’t yet seen any of his amazing TV shows. I just started watching Firefly on Netflix. As is everything Whedon, it’s amazing. I think I held off so long because it’s his last TV show I haven’t watched and I wanted to savor it. Joss, if you’re reading this, make more TV shows, please! But until then, at least the Whedonverse is alive and thriving on the internet. For your enjoyment: a definitive ranking of all of Willow’s sweaters.
2. I’m thinking of going back to France this year. I haven’t been since 2012 (a record for me!) This list of 10 things not to do in Paris is pretty comprehensive. I’ll make my own list someday 🙂
3. Have you heard of Medium? I first read about it here, and since then I feel like so many interesting blog posts I click on lead me back to that site. I’ve started my own blog over there (because I’m not on enough social media platforms). If you’re on Medium too, let’s be friends!
Have a great weekend!
Above photo by me! Segovia, Spain, October 2006