for Unconventional Women
for Unconventional Women
A new year a new…nah, no resolutions
When Hummingbird Charm kicked off, I was so excited to take on the Travel Blog because I adore traveling and am lucky enough to get to do it fairly regularly. I wrote my kick-off blog and then…nothing. Yep, nothing since. I have a ton of excuses: work, (ironically) travel, finishing two books, family, etc., but they are just excuses. And over time, I admit, I was feeling crummier and crummier about my lack of participation which is not only lame (because it’s something I can easily change), but also self-defeating. But here’s the thing about life, we can change it. Sometimes in big ways and sometimes in small ways and sometimes in just how we chose to look (or not look) at things.
I was recently talking with a friend who had traveled to be with me and my family for New Years. She’s the kind of friend who’s more like a sister than just a friend and we got to talking about New Year’s resolutions and intentions. I made one resolution this year and posted it on Hummingbird Charm Readers Haven (join us over there on the FB page if you want to check it out), but I hadn’t really thought about anchoring on intentions. In general, I dislike resolutions, but the idea of intentions really appeals to me. They are less hard and fast than resolutions and more about seeking and finding and exploring—as a travel lover, it’s not a surprise why this concept resonates so strongly.
So I started thinking about what my intentions might be this year and though I haven’t absolutely settled on any one or two things (don’t want to overdo it), I do know that what I don’t want to do is wallow in things that make me feel bad—like not contributing to the Hummingbird Collective in the way that I both committed to and on a topic that I truly love. To be blunt, it just doesn’t make sense that I don’t do this and while there will always be weeks or months when it’s harder, it is precisely in those times that I should be reaching out and engaging with a community I hold close and writing about a topic that brings me great joy.
So there is one vague intention for 2018—to leave space for, and seek, joy.
See, I didn’t even have to travel for this first travel blog of 2018. But I did have a friend travel to me. It just reminds me that when family and friends come to visit (from across the street or across the world), it can be just as much a gift (sometimes more so) than traveling myself.
Happy New Year and may 2018 bring you many adventures.
About the Author: Tamsen Schultz is an avid traveler and prefers to seek out the different or unusual even when visiting some of the more tourist-heavy spots (Capuchin Monastery in Rome, anyone?). Her contemporary novels are set on the other side of the country from where she lives (which may or may not be an excuse to travel) and she’s currently writing an historical mystery set in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, which adds a new dimension to her obsession by giving her a reason to travel in both space and time.
That is the definition of “travel,” or one of them, anyway, and it’s one I find I like. Vague but suggestive, the phrase “to go on a journey” asks a lot of questions (Where? Why? When?) and maybe, if you’re like me, even sounds a little bit like a challenge. Notice, though, that the definition doesn’t talk about how far one must go or where one might have to go to (or even if it’s a physical journey), it just simply states that to travel, one must go on a journey.
When I began to think about writing this inaugural blog to Hummingbird Charm Travel, my first reaction was to write about St. Thomas, one of the US Virgin Islands. It’s not where I live, but it’s where I sit writing this and since I traveled to get here what better thing to write about than the beautiful views, the phenomenal snorkeling, and of course, the fun drinks? Don’t get me wrong, I’m a researcher; I like to find new places to go and when I find those locations, I like to find the places within the places—you know the kind of things I mean, the funky bookstores, that neighborhood restaurant with flaming cocktails, the architecture that through the years has moved from being eyebrow raising to quirkily iconic. I like to find the hidden gems and after being on this island for several weeks over the past year, I definitely have a few to share. But that didn’t feel like a good place for me to start this conversation.
The more I thought about it, the more I became interested in the question “why do we travel?” The answer to “why” reveals a lot about who we are at the time we answer and maybe even what we want out of life (or life at that moment). I travel because I like the visual appeal of seeing new things, I like the feeling of being wide open and experiencing new sites, sounds, and smells (mostly), and, surprisingly, for this introverted lady, I like meeting new people. The friend I’m now staying with has a son several years younger than my two and she travels to expose him to change, difference, and “the world.” These are both good reasons and only two of the probably thousands of reasons why people travel (I probably have several hundred reasons myself!) and for a brief moment, I thought perhaps this question was the way to kick off Hummingbird Charm Travel. But alas, the mind of a writer rarely stops and as I stood in the shower tonight washing the day’s bug spray off (because mosquitoes are no joke here) I probed even deeper and thought to myself, if I ask why we like to travel, don’t we need to define, or at least come to a common understanding of what “travel” means?
And so I found the definition, “to go on a journey.”
It suits Hummingbird Charm don’t you think? It doesn’t presume that to travel means you have to get in a plane and visit another country, it doesn’t presume you like camping out in nature, or that you like to sit on a beach somewhere—it simply lets you define what “to go on a journey” means to you. And what it means to you today doesn’t necessarily have to be the same thing it means to you tomorrow.
So while we will talk about places and sites and fun things to do (hopefully) all over the world, I hope you will come to this page because it will be a place to read about and share travel experiences that are not only informative, but also thought provoking, engaging, and perhaps even inspiring. Each week there will be something new whether it’s me sharing my current adventure, a guest talking about his or hers, or maybe even just an interesting travel tidbit discovered through another source—like travel itself, the possibilities are really endless. But throughout it all, I want us, in the end, to share those journeys where, as Somerset Maugham once said, we did not “bring back from the journey quite the same self that (we) took.”
What journeys have you taken recently?
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