Expect to hear more from Kate and I in coming weeks and months with new videos (!) guest posts, tips on trip planning and budgeting and, of course, the ever-present idea of travel as a state-of-being.
It has been, gulp, exactly two years since our last OTR blog. I vividly remember taking the photo on the previous post, snapped during a long run in Brooklyn, having just returned to New York after leaving for two months then high-tailing it back for a job opportunity — and also because it’s home. The only real home I’ve ever known, in fact.
But even home can become stifling — so I’ve spent the last 9 months in Seattle, taking a deep breath, covering a new region and meeting wonderful new people in one of the loveliest places on Earth. Now I’m getting ready for another location change, another work challenge and another change of scenery. And this one appears to be a prelude to yet another move – and so it goes. The only constant in life is change…
Meantime, I’m just back from a trip to San Francisco to see some of my oldest, dearest friends (one I met living abroad in college, the other when I lived in Buenos Aires several years later. The two met when the former came to visit me in Argentina, and the most epic of epic fun weeks ensued. TRAVEL!) and to get a much-needed change of scenery. April was wobbly (Kate and I agree that’s the toughest month, every year), so for $150 RT on Southwest, I’m able to brush away the mental cobwebs that build when you’re in one place – physically or mentally – for far too long.
I like thinking about change of scenery as a different physical location that kickstarts an internal shift. Being stuck for too long in any routine, place or space — no matter how much you love it — doesn’t let in fresh air. I love the concept, too, because it’s so accessible. A change of scenery can mean a day trip to Nyack or a move across the world. It can mean a conversation with someone from a place you’ve only seen on a map or dreamed of going. It can last for hours or years. It’s all about seeing something new, or at least different, than where we find ourselves 98 percent of the time.
If this veers conceptual, it’s on purpose. I’ve been doing a lot of change of scenery internally, as well. Oh, being an adult. It’s the same idea. Moving to a different space where the scenery is different – but this of course takes place on the continent of the subconscious. It’s just as active a process as packing bags, booking tickets and getting through customs. And often just as annoying and beset with delays.
Thinking back to when Kate and I started OTR, we had a two-fold mission: Encourage people to broaden their world view and travel, travel, travel, specifically abroad, by using what most of us have – a couple weeks vacation and a two-star budget. We also came together under the banner of journey – and how traveling, or trying anything new, just keeps the internal path a lot more lush and interesting.
So here’s to that old cliche, a change of scenery. Let us all be able to see regular life with refreshed eyes.