Travel Gratitude

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Here at More 2 Explore, we are grateful for our ability to travel.  We make sacrifices in our daily lives to afford the opportunity to travel frequently, which to us is better than any trinket that may decorate our home, more valuable than jewelry that might add bling to our wrists, or cars that will simply take us from point A to point B (heck there are trains, trams, buses and gondolas for that).  Each time we visit a new country, wake – up in a mountain town, or witness our children climbing mountains, we are once again reminded that those experiences are what this life is about.  A collection of adventures, and moments that fill our lives with incredible joy and remind us that it truly is the little things that bring the most pleasure.

So, here is to adventures, to prioritizing those aspects of life that are important to us, whatever they may be!

Unable to Replicate Perfect

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Have you ever had a holiday or a trip that lives in your memory as perfect?  Everything about that experience evokes rich, vivid memories filling you with raw satisfaction.

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Whether it was a honeymoon destination that seemed to stretch on romantically for  days, as you and your husband embraced the newness of your commitment, the dinner conversations that lingered as the sun slowly made its disappearance between two mountains or the expedition that marked a genuine dream come true, and forever altered the way in which you view the world.  From black sand beaches, to mystified landscapes, each time you recollect those locations there is that gravitational pull that tempts you to return, to engulf yourself in those landscapes, the culture, the people once again, but you catch yourself.  You wonder if part of what makes that or those locations so flawless is because they live in your mind that way; you someone created the perfect based on situation, out of necessity to escape, the people who shared your time, the deep sensory experiences, and/or the profound emotions that were felt?  Was it that the location was merely a backdrop for what you needed at the time and all the other factors were what really heightened the experience making it utterly magical?

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And is it ever possible to replicate perfection?  If you were to return would you only be riddled with disappointment?  Would the impeccable memories that have been created and harvested all those years somehow be tarnished?

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What is your experience with returning to your favorite location?  Was the return visit as incredible as the first, a disappointment or simply different? We would love to hear from you!

What are your “perfect” places.  For us, not much tops Switzerland, but Iceland is quite impressive too!

P.S.  We just returned to a location we loved the first time and guess what, it was just as awesome the second time!

 

America Was…

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Whew…we just returned from a whirlwind trip to America.

We seemed to cram as much as humanly possible into those three weeks.

We worked hard and played hard. We visited museums, gathered with dear friends, were embraced by family, restored bonds, took in our Nation’s Capital, hiked, visited the beach a couple of times, observed organic farms doing what they do best, ate loads of ice cream, visited national parks, and cried for the state of our country.

 

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We did our best to return with hope in our hearts, and optimism for our country in our minds.  We also felt a sense of not quite knowing where we belong in this world. Feet straddling two very different countries and hearts feeling slightly unsettled, the conversations that have ensued since our return have been lengthy and intense.

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Overall, it was a trip that filled our hearts with tremendous joy, feeling blessed to have friends and family that make our lives rich with love and promise.

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It was a trip that made us contemplate our future and the struggles that may involve, but mostly it was a journey that we needed to remind us the happiness that fills us when we are surrounded by people we know and share a deep history with, family we love and friends that hold such dear, dear places in our hearts and lives.

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Thank you to everyone!