If you like to read travel stories, you will like this book. If you like to travel, it has some destination ideas. If you wonder why some people never stop traveling and settle down, this book might provide some insight on that too!
The trouble with over 30 years of traveling is being over 30 years older. But I can’t help it; I’m curious and the years flew. In my midlife review, I invite you to join me for the ride in TATTOO—JOURNEYS ON MY MIND. These 21 chapters share an eclectic mix of genres and places. Included is a canoe trip in South Carolina to set the fun tone of tree house to right; retracing how I lost my cultural empathy in Northern India; an unexpected lesson in team dynamics and self-empowerment while dog sledding in Minnesota, notes on wives being put out to pasture in the Utah desert; Eastern Europe’s sideways look into gulags; and a pair of caving trips that altered my view on the ground. These are the journeys on my mind.
Why is this compilation a midlife review? My travels have been a vehicle for self-discovery. If you read the book, you might recognize having similar discoveries in your life. Growing up, I attended monthly travelogue lectures. Being conscious of possibilities outside of my small world helped widen my perspectives. I was intrigued by the world’s variety. I am ever amazed that I don’t deplete the options for finding new variety. Just keep turning the globe and you will likely agree. While I enjoy coming home, I feel compelled to go away. Travel sometimes tests my unshakable self-confidence. It is good to be tested. Frequently, it is life’s challenges that help us to grow. —TMLL
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