“Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.”
As I prepare for my summer adventures I started to think about solo travel. When people ask me who I will be traveling with and I say myself I usually get strange looks and then the typical question, “aren’t you afraid?” My same response is, “no I am not afraid. I love to be on my own and I will meet people.” It has not steered me wrong to date and I am eager to travel abroad on my summer adventure. This summer I will visit Bali, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia, Borneo, Brunei, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Russia. I know most people get tired just hearing my list, but I thrive on excitement and each journey invigorates my mind, body and soul. By the time I return back home at the end of the summer I am recharged and excited for a new school year with my students and colleagues full of new adventures and more travel. I think the best way to predict your future is to create it. If I want to go somewhere or see something I do not need to wait for someone to come with me. I can just go because I have the confidence and ability to do so. Those who travel alone often make themselves more available for local discovery and connection. I love to travel with my friends, family and students, but solo travel is a unique experience. I have traveled to over 60 countries and I am blessed to have visited more than half of those places more than once. The goal of solo travel is not to learn to be alone even though at specific times we might feel isolated. I think the goal of solo travel is to learn independence and that is different from isolation. Solo travel is about building a life full of richness and loving the vast number of places and people you encounter and seeing endless opportunities for beauty and happiness that exist all around the world. When you travel on your own it eliminates distraction from other people and allows you to enter fully into every experience. I do not have a fear of strangers. I love to meet new people and learn about who they are and where they are from. Once you meet a stranger while traveling and get to know them you will then have a new friend and most often that connection will last a lifetime.
“He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo.
Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic.
Nothing is more sublime.”
― Victor Hugo
Some places never get old. Paris is an amazing city for the first time or the fiftieth time. For many travelers there are few places that still deliver pleasures so effortlessly. It is a city that is buzzing with a dynamic energy and I can never get enough of Paris. Paris is full of life and most of that life is inspired from the many works of art housed throughout the city at a variety of museums. My favorite museum is the Musee d’Orsay, but whichever museum you prefer you will be impressed by room after room of extraordinary works of art including paintings and sculptures spanning centuries of time. The Musee d’Orsay covers a variety of art from 1848- 1914 with a splendid impressionists section. I visited this museum for the first time in 1998 and continue to be impressed by each additional visit. It is a converted train station that was in operation until 1939, then closed down and ignored until it was converted into a museum in 1977. The setting of this museum alone will take your breath away and give you a light and spacious feeling. One of my favorite paintings at this site is Cathedral at Rouen by Claude Monet. I have always loved art and visiting museums, but that is not for everyone. Luckily in Paris you can learn a lot just by wandering the streets. If you prefer that then remember while you look, absorb and feel your surroundings. It is an effortless pleasure as you explore and you will take away so much from the experience. The history and culture is impressive, but sitting under the Eiffel tower drinking a glass of champagne is what Paris is all about.
Paris highlights according to Tedeschi the Traveler:
I am a high school Social Studies teacher and have been teaching since 2002. My passion in life is to teach, travel and be happy. I feel that I am married to the world and my passport is my baby. Education is essential in life, but there is an abundance of knowledge that is unattainable in a classroom and some that you can only receive from experiencing the world around you. I believe the more you wander the more you wonder. Everytime I have been to another country I come back home a slightly different and better version of myself. I feel that when I travel I come alive. I gain a greater understanding of the culture and history I am involved with during my travels that builds a deeper appreciation in my heart for what I have and where I live.