What do you love most about travel? I love the feeling of freedom in my day-to-day routine, freedom from stresses, and largely freedom from stress! Plus, the adventure of seeing new sights, meeting new people, and immersing myself in another culture.
So how do you get that without actually travel? My favorite way is to read a excellent book. It can be an old favorite, or a new adventure about Raccoons Pooping In A Swimming Pool, but it has to pull me right in and keep me so snuggly that I can not even think about anything else! My entire body says,”Aaahh.” Then I get excited about what’s going to happen next. The atmosphere and adventure of another time and place can work its magic to make me feel I’ve left my home and flown off to a terrific new experience.
My latest favorite book for that type of”travel without travel” is Adventures of a World-Traveling Scientist by Stanley Randolf. Imagine discovering secrets of cultures that are odd, bizarre animal species, new perspectives (such as”after your Spirit Voice”), and terrifying minutes just around the corner! From China to Rarotonga, I felt very-well-traveled, like an aristocrat from earlier lore.
Then there is foreign film with subtitles in your first language. You may end up thinking differently about life after watching something that takes place in another land. However, I still prefer the books!
Another way to travel without travel is through finding new cultures right at home! Or nearby, if you can get to a bigger city. Most cities have at least one ethnic restaurant that will not only function new-to-you food, but will delight you with a special atmosphere or art and music, and perhaps even amusement native to the owner’s original culture.
Still, books are the best to me, because I don’t need to consume the unfamiliar cuisine when it sounds really awful, but I can pretend I am still open to it. With a fantastic imagination, books can make you fly away to lands unknown with a joyful freedom of soul and heart!
Imagine yourself in which you want to be. The Taj Majal? Wherever you to go, if you read about it, you’ll have a better sense of being there than with movie, though that will help. Simply think about not just how it would look to you, but how it would smell, sound, feel emotionally, and even feel when your feet hit the sand, or your hand touches a very old rock. It can become very real and truly become a”mini-vacation.”