Travel has changed in recent years with Facebook, Texting, etc., allowing us to communicate our experiences immediately from anywhere and with airlines offerings service worldwide. But one thing remains the same: travel should be part of your life.
The first time I stepped on an airplane was for a short flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles for a baseball tournament when I was 18. Prior to that I lived in the small Southern California town I was born in, had never left the state, rarely left the county and had no idea how cool it was to travel.
At 19 I joined the Army, spent a couple of years in Germany and had a chance to visit Austria, France, Holland, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland before being reassigned for a tour in Vietnam. That was my introduction to travel and to a world beyond my boundaries, but one I wanted to know more about.
Since the early days I have visited all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, the Carribean, Hong Kong, Taiwan, more of Europe and have watched my kids experience travel.
THERE IS NOTHING MORE EYE OPENING THAN TRAVEL.
We live in a ‘borderless’ world today in the sense that every country is just a flight away. Cultures, languages, food, history vary dramatically from land to land and it helps our perspective to view life through the eyes of those who live a different culture.
But travel is so much more than that; e.g., seeing the Ancient Abby in Melk, Bavaria and the incredibly ‘only-in-the-world’ hand created book collection; seeing the Vatican and the majesty of St. Peters; standing under the Eiffel Tower and realizing it is really tall; seeing the 50 foot waves on Hawaii’s North Shore in December; trying to imagine just how they carved the magnificent giant heads at Mt. Rushmore; visiting the launch site of the Titanic in Belfast, Ireland; seeing the spotless pink sand of Bermuda’s beaches; admiring the windmills of Holland; Diamond Head near Honolulu; experiencing Victoria’s Peak in Hong Kong and, of course, seeing the Statue of Liberty stand as a beacon to our shores …
– and some of the more ‘mundane’ things like giant baseball bat in front of the Louisville Slugger factory in, where else, Louisville, Kentucky; the quaint isolated ‘artists’ colony of Ketchikan Alaska, a city reachable only by boat and airplane; or the giant Cadillac Monument outside Amarillo, Texas; or the mile wide meteor crater in Arizona.
The more I travel the more there is to see.
Today most of my travel is domestic filled with all the travails of navigating security, the airports, putting up with airline abuse, but still seeing place worth seeing.
We will be writing about our journeys, offering insights and hopefully inspiring you to see the world that awaits you!
And we hope you send your travel articles and photos to us.
Larry Oxenham, Publisher