Travel transformation is what we might want to feel when we set off into an expansive world from the comfort of what we are familiar. We can be inspired to have our thoughts and even our lives changed through the connections we make on these journeys. It is why I blog about travel. Cool thoughts pop into my head. Well, cool to me anyway, you might think otherwise that it is just nonsensical ramblings. Might be.
Travel has a way of making life more grand though, opening one’s eyes to how others live. I always am interested in how others live. Then I just want to plain tell everyone who will listen about what I find.
From time to time, there is no doubt our minds need to be transformed. We can free up space inside our heads by getting rid of those thought patterns that are detrimental to us. In nature there is an example of clearing out the brain cache.
“Every autumn Black-capped Chickadees allow brain neurons containing old information to die, replacing them with new neurons so they can adapt to changes in their social flocks and environment even with their tiny brains.” All About Birds
I kinda think travel can help us do that to some extent. We forget about worries and see how others happily get through each day. We sometimes hold on to useless or negative patterns, habits, opinions, and beliefs. Traveling can lead to re-thinking patterns, habits, opinions, and beliefs. I think each time I return from somewhere new I am a happier or more productive being.
When traveling, the senses are heightened I think. We can be open to seeing and feeling differently. Colors make a lasting impression that I can still feel and see today. You more than see just the color, you feel it deep in your soul.
Visiting Eastern Europe in 2014, it was the people, architecture, textiles, spices, and spirituality which all combined into a special experience that I carry with me today.
In Europe in 2015, the travel experience changed the way to see the past, and envision what lies in store for the future. The majesty of the setting in St. Lucia lived, breathed and beckoned.
I was in Maui in 2015, and now again in 2016. I can honestly say the Hawaiian Islands did not transform me in such a meaningful way. I am just not an island beach bum I guess. It does seem like carefree living here, but I bet that is not always the case. My friend wondered why I like it here because I am not into sitting on the beach or ocean swimming, but I do love snorkeling and whale watching. I love the scenery too.
I am on the flights home now and boy was that a long, long trip! Flights were changed so many times it was hard to keep up with the airline updates. I did get to spend a day and a half extra in Maui though. We never did find out what was the problem for all the cancelled flights.
Next post I will have more on my trip. You just won’t believe how little I actually got to do in Maui considering all that I was pre-planning. My friend got very ill and had to go to the emergency clinic which really made this trip difficult for her. I really felt bad she was not healthy to enjoy a lot more. I do have posts to come with more Maui experiences, though. Stay tuned.