|Subject: re: destinations that change lives|
But for me (as I think for many people), the act of travel itself has been
life-changing for all the reasons commonly cited as benefits - it gives you
new insights into your own ability to cope outside your comfort zone, gives
you a view of your own culture from a different perspective, gives you an
appreciation for differences among people which can increase your
acceptance of those differences, etc. Travel has also become one of my
major hobbies. And that has helped to shape my life since it determines
how I spend my leisure time. Certain destinations, especially places in
the great outdoors, have worked their way into my soul. I have felt more
spiritual in the Grand Tetons, at Lake O'Hara (in Canada), on Mount Ranier
and in the Swiss Alps than in any house of worship.
So I cannot tell you one individual destination that has changed my life. But the sum total of the places I have been has definitely had an effect. And one of the main reasons to keep travelling is to find those places that will make a permanent impression!
Best regards, Mark May Los Angeles, CA