This little planet really is a wonderous place.
When I was younger, each year my parents would pack us up and off we would go on annual ’round-the-world adventures; exotic journeys to all corners of the earth that opened my eyes to more things than I knew possible. I can still vividly recall the smells, sounds, colours and people of each place we visited.
I saw the sun set over the pyramids from the back of a camel in Giza; experienced wonderous sensory overload in the grand bazaars of Istanbul; discovered Inca ruins and iguanas in Mexico; overdosed on maple syrup candy at Niagra Falls; watched in wonder as the entire sky fill with millions of stars in the centre of the Australian desert; marveled at geisha girls and temples in Japan; was decked in leis in Hawaii; travelled through the Grand Canyon to majestic Navajo villages; played beside streams in tiny English villages of thatched cottages; and swam with tropical rainbow fish in the Great Barrier Reef. I do of course realise how thoroughly spoiled I was, and I will always be grateful for these wonderful adventures my parents gave to me.
Each time we returned home from our latest sojourn, I would spend hours looking at our well-worn globe with my father who would point out all the places we had been (I couldn’t believe that despite all our travels, we had barely covered the earth!), and pouring over our World Book Encyclopedias trying to cram my head full of more global discoveries.
From the time I could walk, these trips opened my eyes to the vibrant diversity of cultures that exist upon this planet we call home. Ever since, I’ve had a thirst to keep journey and explore as much as I can, and I remain fascinated with world symbols and motifs. Aren’t these delightful? I love this illustrated map by You and Me, the Royal We (and the tagline: A self-congratulatory guide to personal global domination), which comes complete with pins to mark out your own headquarters, next acquired target, and all the places you have been. And I wish I had discovered this marvelous journey journal a week earlier so that I could take it on my next adventure (more on that later).
Do you love adventuring too? Where is your next target? If you are yet to visit anywhere different, I promise it will change your life!
Love, Miss B xx