It’s not every day that you decide to tick something massive off your bucket list: Your wedding, for instance; visiting the top of the Eiffel Tower (highly recommended); paragliding… you get my drift.
I don’t particularly like the idea of a ‘bucket list’; it brings to mind the concept that life is just about ticking boxes where, generally speaking, it isn’t. But, when you dare to dream to do ‘that thing’ that you’ve always wanted to do, even though it will probably bring you great angst & challenge, it can be an immensely satisfying and thought-provoking experience.
Mark Twain once said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime”.
And I agree, entirely. Although, I do find it curious that most will travel to the comfort of where others have been before.
I’d be a rich man if I got a pound/dollar/euro for every time I heard someone sprout that they had “done Canada” or “done Paris”. What does that even mean? Does that mean, you’ve seen every square inch, visited every tourist trap, drank at every bar, and had Christmas dinner with every local Jewish family? Then I doubt you’ve ‘done’ anything beyond a ‘to-do’ list of activities set by a great mass of tourists who had the collective thought that something was worth ‘doing’.
I’ve had the great fortune to be able to travel extensively working and playing in some pretty far flung places: From Siberia, to Kiribati, to the Faroe Islands where I interviewed “Concerto Grotto” founder, Kristian Blak, on the high seas (main picture).
Of course, I’ve also travelled to many of those ‘to do’ places(!) however, places off the beaten track have perhaps challenged and inspired me the most, encouraging me to come to the realisation that beyond our cultural differences, we all share similar desires, hopes and dreams, and the experience of what it is to be human. That’s always a good place to start.
This week, on Journeys To Come…
Ask The Concierge: Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras, Slovakia
“The High Tatras [mountains] have many secret treasures that only a few people know about. These include a dinosaur footprint from the valley of Ticha dolina, whose copy is displayed at the Museum of the Tatra National Park in Tatranska Lomnica. Even some local Tatra people have no idea that the … oldest, wild-growing Arolla pines, which are over 1,000 years old, grow in the Tatras, and a stone nicknamed ‘Anvil’ is on top of Mt Koncista.” READ MORE
Come Fly With Me: Sublime Southampton, NY – with TV creator, Chrys Phillips
“There are many travel destinations that make you want to go back again and again however, I fell in love with New York City/The Hamptons. The stunning surf coastline and the local community atmosphere is like a home away from home. From the homemade bakeries, fresh-grown produce and designer stores to the escapism of its rolling waves, it’s a sublime place to go!” READ MORE
Joel’s Travel Tip: How to learn to speak the local language when abroadThis week, I answered a question from a JTC follower about speaking the languages in some of the countries they’re visiting. READ MORE
Podcast: The Manny Train Journeys of PeruIn this episode of our Journeys to Come podcast, Catriona chats with Travel Directors Tour Leader Juan Manuel Yanez (Manny). Catriona and Manny talk train journeys in Peru, Cusco – Machupicchu, Andean Explorer, & the MACHO train. LISTEN HERE
Beloved Books: Curated by Guest Editor, Joel Carnegie“The Pillars of the Earth” is part of a series called The Kingsbridge Novels, by Welsh-born Ken Follett, and these are some of my favourite books. Described as “classic historical masterpieces … full of ambition, love, power and family conflict”, they are giant tomes of gripping drama from 12th Century England and beyond. READ MORE
About Joel Carnegie
Joel Carnegie hosts live concerts alongside Music in Time on ABC Classic FM (Mondays 3pm). He is a multi-award winning documentary maker, radio/TV presenter, performer and musician.