compassion travel

I’m so saddened by what has happened in Paris. And I read about Beirut too. 

I know many of us feel like global citizens. And we take news like this with a heavy heart.

We have a tremendous amount of compassion for others we share the planet with.

Because we’re curious types. We’re travelers.

We identify with other cultures because we’ve experienced how they live. On their turf.

Compassion is my favorite human trait. And I think traveling nurtures that trait.

Another thing I’ve noticed; it’s typically people with wanderlust who radiate optimism.

We have a feeling that life holds beauty and opportunity for us. And that we belong to more places than we currently know. Life is beyond just our hometown … our home country.

As travelers, we leave the comfort and security of our kitchen to cook in someone else’s kitchen.

When we travel to a country, like France, we think: Oh, wow, their [insert habit/custom/belief] is so evolved. I think THEY have it right. (Or conversely, I don’t like this [habit/custom/belief] and I’m so grateful I don’t think like that.)

Would we have found the lesson had we stayed home? 
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best airbnb italy

I’m freakin’ excited to show you these.

If you love interesting homes, hotels and spaces, then we have something in common.

I believe that when you travel — where you stay can be half the adventure.

To say it straight, you can do one of two things:

1) Stay in a standard space.

2) Stay in an awesome space.

The truth is, your budget doesn’t dictate your options.

Like my man Tony Robbins says, it’s not about resources, it’s about resourcefulness.

post-imageWhy be normal?

Luxury has many facets. Your definition of luxury could be four hundred thread count sheets. Or maybe it’s just a hot shower. Depends on what you have at home, and how you’re wired.

My definition of luxury is walking into a space and feeling wide-eyed and wowed. There’s a sensual type of beauty and playfulness that I seek (in homes, and in men, but that’s another article). I’ve felt that way about a tent in the woods. And a one room cabin with an outdoor shower.
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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain

We need to encourage young people to travel.

Don’t you wish you had the blessings to travel more?

Adults are pretty heavy on kids. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is something each kid gets asked.

And because kids want to please us, they usually conjure something up.

We train kids from a young age that their career is the Holy Grail. The everything. The crappy thing is we went through the same thing, so the cycle continues. But we can change that.

I was terrified I would screw up.

I had this nagging feeling that I would screw up royally my first year in college.

When I graduated high school, I was awarded several scholarships (not because I was brilliant, but because I applied for them and was pretty good at filling out forms).

I sent in my application for college – because that was the expectation. Cause nice girls go to college, right?
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