Yesterday, we walked on the Kingston ferry to downtown Edmonds. Beautiful sunny day. Tree/flower laden little town square lively with people enjoying a Saturday.
The purpose of our trip was to attend a Rick Steves travel presentation about his company “Europe through the Back Door” and the philosophy of his travel approach. Rick actually gave the talk (I sat in the front to see him—Rick is one my heroes—for many reasons). The travel company is quite large, employing over 100 people. They are not a travel “agency”; they do not arrange air transportation, rental cars or hotels. Instead Rick Steves & Company inspires us and informs us how to experience European trips that are not only historically educational by viewing locations and structures, but more importantly broadening culturally by interacting with the people and their way of life. We can accomplish this by taking a Rick Steves tour and/or applying his travel philosophy.
I came away from the presentation once again energized and primed for another trip to Europe. This summer we plan to visit Scotland and see the Highlands and Highlanders by floating down the Caledonian Canal on a barge. Only 8-passengers and lots of Scottish whiskey with an occasional bagpipe. We will make our way through Loch Ness and past preserved and ruined castles.
I once had someone scoff at traveling by saying they could see just as much sitting in front of the television. Really? Maybe they catch a glimpse of a place, but they certainly do not experience it. For me, it is inspirational experiences and broadening my outlook of the world, that make life so exciting—not just Europe, but everywhere we visit. Come on! Get out there!