Why travel?

LOOK — beyond the mountains, across the plains, to the edge of the city’s skyline. The horizon extends to infinity. What’s there? I’m curious, aren’t you?

Curiosity compels me to explore new places. Arriving at my next destination has never been disappointing. It is surprising, mysterious, unsettling, confusing, fascinating and enlightening. It invigorates me and awakens my senses. This is why I travel.

Going new places and meeting people from different lands gives us a better understanding of the world. It helps us realize the common bonds that all people share. Travel helps us appreciate our differences and rejoice in our similarities. Travel gives us an opportunity to open our eyes to things new and wondrous — if only we will take the time to look.

I’ve posted galleries of my travels here to share with friends and reminisce about travels. They’re mostly for me to have as a personal online travelogue, but I hope also that some of the pictures may pique your curiosity and inspire you to explore an unfamiliar place.

Me on the right with my brother on our first cross country trip in 1971.