Weekly Reflection: Traveling is Good for the Soul


The busier I become the more I need to stop and reflect on my life. Now that I have started Mom Bloggers for Social Good I am busier than I have ever been in the last eight years I’ve worked online not because it is another web site that I own; rather it is because global issues like food security, maternal health, and communicable disease require a great deal of critical thinking, and reading and exploration and learning and research. It’s a discipline I love, but requires a massive amount of my brain power.

That said, I am beginning a new weekly practice where I reflect on the things I love to do and that have fueled me over the years. One of the things I love to do is travel. Although traveling can become a bit much at times – that’s why I haven’t traveled nearly as much this year — there is nothing like hopping on a plane, checking into a new-to-me hotel and relaxing even if for thirty minutes or so before starting off to work. Hotels fuel me. Planes fuel me. In fact, the more I travel the more I find that flying is one of the only times I can truly relax. I put all of my gadgets away and don’t pull them out until I land. Flying gives me the tech detox I should be able to replicate when I’m on the ground, but never do. And when it’s a flight to another country – absolute bliss!

The second half of the year I will be traveling a lot. I am bracing myself for the rigors of being on a plane more times than I will be able to count. More than that I am looking forward to the energy I feel when I arrive in a new city whether here in the States or abroad or a city I’ve traveled to a million times.

Traveling is good for my soul. How about you?

4 comments

  1. Travel provides so much education, doesn’t it? It really is true that the world is the ultimate classroom.

    We have a HUGE wall map of the world in our dining room with color-coded pushpins for all the places we have been and all of the places we want to go. Yesterday, I was looking at it again and I told Tim, “I want to go EVERYWHERE. I want to see it all.” :)

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  2. I’m curious: How do you spend your time “in the air” since you keep your tech gadgets stowed away? Do you read? Talk to your seatmates? Write with a pen and notepad? Enjoy the solitude?

    Hope to sit next to you on a flight someday in the future!

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