Out of Office: On.
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Time for planes, trains, automobiles, and if you’re really lucky, yachts. I’ll take any mode of transportation (well, almost any) to get away this month. In fact, I’m actually writing this from a luxury Vonlane bus between Dallas and Austin.
Beyond July 4th and breaks from school, what is it about July that makes us all crave getting way? Is it the middle of the year? It is the dreaded heat? Or, is it mere convenience of schedules? Obviously, it’s different for everyone – just as much as the idea of “getting away” is different for everyone, too. But my this time of year, my wanderlust is at its peak!
For me, it’s about being anywhere where I can actually escape the day-to-day grind. I’ll admit, though, that I can’t remember one day in the last five or so years, that I haven’t done at least one (or five, or ten…) work-related tasks. And, that’s okay for me, because I love what I do. But, I do revel in being away.
Some of my favorite July travels have included Italy, Spain, England, France and Morocco. Since my birthday just happens to be in July, I’ve been fortunate to spend it across several continents and have some incredible memories. Memories that can take me back to those special moments – like dancing with abandon at the Lido or celebrating Bastille Day in Paris when I was 17, riding camels across the Atlas Mountains with my children, or simply drinking in the laziest of days at Alys Beach. But it doesn’t have to be some far-flung destination. There are also quick getaways to Taos with friends, a festive (and boozy) weekend celebration in Austin, and countless others. It’s really not about the “where.”
If I close my eyes, I can remember each and every one of these moments – the people I was with, what I was wearing (yeah, I know), how the sun was shining, and most importantly, how it made me feel. Maybe we travel not only for the experiences, but for the memories we hope will be made. For me, these experiences and adventure often leave an indelible imprint in my mind. They stay with me, and they shape me.
So, as I’m about to pack my bags and head out later this week, I can only wonder if any such memories will be made – the ones that stay with you for a lifetime, and can make you clutch your tummy laughing, or the ones that can make you cry wistful tears. I guess we’ll see where the road takes me….
Happy July! Safe travels wherever this world takes you. And, here’s to collecting some beautiful moments.
“We don’t remember days; we remember moments.” -Cesare Pavese
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