By Jane Bauer
“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.” Isabelle Eberhardt
I love airports!! They are magical buildings with doors leading to elsewhere. When I enter an airport I know that the next time I step outside I may be halfway across the globe. As such, I don’t mind the lines, the security checkpoints or delays. I regard them as a fair trade for the magazine stores, familiar food courts, samples of Chanel face cream- which I can never bring myself to buy, and of course, the almighty payoff…. movement. Whether I am going to a destination I know, or somewhere completely new, I am always excited and I know the day ahead is filled with possibility.
While I love the planning stages of a trip, the best memories are always unexpected; flying a microlight over northern Thailand, singing ‘Cielito Lindo’ with the locals in a little trattoria in Bevagna, Italy, holding baby orphans with my daughter in Uganda or living on the Oaxacan Coast. All surprising, life changing and magical encounters that I never could have planned.
This month our writers explore travel; walking tours through Oaxaca City’s center and Mexico City’s posh Polanco district, driving cross country and how you can happily travel with children in tow. The secret is to keep moving and opening your eyes a little wider with each step.
So whether you are lying on the beach in an all-inclusive for a week or backpacking your way across the globe, I hope this issue inspires you to welcome and be ready for the unexpected. And if you don’t have a journey in the works, it’s always a good time to start planning one!