The Importance of Inspiration

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.
– Ella Fitzgerald

Sometimes we travel because we have to. Family connections, medical emergencies, or business responsibilities might require you to put yourself on a plane, perhaps on short notice, and jet off to a place where you will not be “at home” in the ways that make you feel good.

But fortunately those are not the only times we travel. There are times when the thought of going to a particular place rouses the interest in fresh new ways. These are times when we virtually turn back to a certain page to read it more carefully. Or we see something a new way, then turn around and say, “Now that would be interesting!”

Jaded as I am by a plethora of trade emails and glossy ads, I am embarrassed to admit that I flip through amazing offerings with a dismissive attitude which might rival that of Marie Antoinette.

Some plazas have pigeons, some have lizards. Which do yoyu prefer? Photo by J. Emmons

Some plazas have pigeons, some have lizards. Which do you prefer? Photo by J. Emmons

But then I expect that I am not the only one who passes some exotic offerings without a second glance. If I object to sand, heat, and humidity, I expect some of you would love to seek those out, especially in winter. (Another example, do you find exotic animals attractive? Would you prefer to see an iguana on your lounge chair, or the innkeeper’s cat? Among my readers we would find some cheering for each, I am sure.)

This question of Connecting with a destination became clear to me again recently. As I wrote in a February post, I have had no travel plans in the calendar for months now. And that is not for lack of looking. But last week I saw something I could not resist. I made a tentative reservation for my husband and me immediately and told him later (but before I put money on the itinerary). He had the great good sense to agree with my assessment, and I completed the reservation within a day. All because of an inspiration that struck the proper harmony for me!

This quick recognition of the Right Thing has impressed upon me once again how much easier it is to plan a trip if the Spark is there. We can fiddle with details for days, trying to craft an excellent trip. (There is another trip I have been promising to plan for the two of us which just has not happened. Why not?) If there is an Inspiration at the base of it, things fall into place.

The down side of that is that you might feel you have to kiss a lot of frog-trips to find the Princely Tour, but it isn’t that bad. If you keep reading, dreaming, visiting museums, and talking with interesting people, you will uncover a Spark that will not go out. When you do, call me and I will fan it to flames for you!

What does your Best of All Possible Worlds look like?

What does your Best of All Possible Worlds look like?

Boundaries divide. Travel unites.

14 April 2016

About Travel Unites

A travel agent since 1994, I want people to get together for greater understanding across boundaries.
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