“Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground
and a common bond and we cease to be alone.”
– Wendell Berry
Every once in a while I will encounter a friend I haven’t seen in a few months who is also a recipient of this blogpost. The first thing s/he says is something like “We just haven’t been able to get time away for travel.” Or maybe “Our kitchen remodeling is taking up all our energy and money.” We chat a bit then go our separate ways and I wonder how people understand my motives.
I hope you don’t think I expect each of you to book a trip every other week! We have learned to accept that Ford and Toyota don’t expect us to buy a car every time we see their ads on TV. My communications are more personalized than theirs, but my expectations are similar.
So why DO I write to you?
I could say it’s not for my health but that would not be entirely true. I do enjoy the process (most of the time) and it gives me gratification. But I could be just as happy eating ice cream — so there must be more.
I write to promote travel as a good thing to do, a worthy way to use your time and money. My tagline “Boundaries divide, Travel unites” is something I believe. (See the quote from Wendell Berry at the top.) This is one more small way I might help to promote peace on the planet so I repeat it often.
I write to inform you of new developments which a happy traveler would want to know. This includes changes in TSA regulations, passport and visa rules, frequent flyer benefits, and so on. These briefs should serve you well, saving you time, effort, and money.
I write to entice you to destinations or modes of travel which you might have considered but not yet experienced. Often these columns are a response to questions from clients. If one of you has asked about river cruises, others are probably curious too, so I am happy to share what I know.
And from a purely marketing point of view, I write to keep my name in front of you so that when you ARE ready to travel I am the one you call! Please don’t feel guilty about not calling me more often. But DO call me when you are ready!
Boundaries divide. Travel unites.
5 November 2015