Thank you, gentle readers, for being my correspondents. If you chuckle to hear yourselves addressed as correspondents, I certainly understand. The great preponderance of messaging has gone only from me to you. Some of you have written back to me regarding one post or another, and I have enjoyed and appreciated every message sent my way, regardless of its content. But Mark Twain had it right when he said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” This new blog project has been energizing for me — and occasionally agonizing. I really do try to keep you in mind as I write. If I am less successful sometimes than others, I apologize. I truly value your tolerance and attention and try not to abuse them.
Thank you for being my clients. As the airlines say, I know you have other options available to you as you make your travel plans. Certainly some of your trips are straightforward enough, and the path (like the one to Grandmother’s house) is familiar enough that you should make the arrangements on your own if you like. But I hope you realize the added value and convenience I can bring to the table when you have a special trip in mind. There are many facets of your life which you entrust to specialists who deal with that topic all the time. If you would not replace your own furnace or cater your daughter’s wedding, why would you spend thousands of dollars on travel without getting help from an expert who deals with your concerns professionally? Along with my colleagues and connections, I have a wealth of resources to match your travels to your dreams. I feel honored when you let me do that for you.
But most of all, thank you for being travelers! If boundaries divide and travel unites (as I believe they do), then we will all be better off when we get to know each other better. Seeing how the world looks from another person’s home town can be reassuring or frightening – but always enlightening. Feeling the heat or the cold of life on a different Main Street – or deep in the wilderness – changes the way life feels at home. There are many ways to travel. Learning, even from your armchair, how history has changed the people, wildlife, and the earth in a far off region or time informs what you know and can understand about your own place in today’s world. Certainly I do have a vested interest in getting you to travel literally to other places. But if you travel metaphorically in the meantime, I will cheer you on.
May Mark Twain’s statement always ring true: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”
I wish you years of wonderful travels with only the best adventures!
Boundaries divide. Travel unites.
15 November 2012