I live a fortunate life.
I travel and write about it. I get to go places I didn't think I would ever get to. As a solo traveler, I stretch my skills and grow new self-confidence with each trip. And, it's not hard work.
Hard work? Really? Why even bring this up?
Well, in fact there is some work to travel. There's research and challenges that must be overcome along the way. But, the real reason I mention it is that I recently came upon the etymology of the word “travel”. It comes from the word “travail”. French for “work” and dates back to the 13th century.
At one time, travel was very hard work. Few people traveled and, when they did, it certainly wasn't for pleasure.
We are fortunate to live in a time when travel is not hard work. At least, not for those of us from developed countries. Most of us can make travel happen if we make it a priority in our lives. But not everyone in the world is so lucky. As I travel, I try to stay local and buy local. I try to be economically, environmentally and culturally aware of what I'm doing and it's impact. Maybe acting so, and with the power of all our travel dollars, we can create a world where more people are as fortunate as we.
There are many, many other reasons to thank my stars to have the life I do.
What about your good fortunes. Please share some of them here.