The other night my dream included commentary that the Asian Markets were diving to unprecedented lows. The visual was a nonsensical chart with downward arrows and zeros all over the place. In my dream life, any “diving” generally involves me launching into water or air. Far more characteristic would be the swim with manatees in my dream the night before or my french horn solo for Barack and company the night before that.
It was such an odd sort of dream for me that I’ve mused on it throughout the day. All have now been touched at some level by our economic plummet; either with a direct hit or by a general shift in attitudes and assumptions. The wisdom is good; the cost is high for many.
Some of us are learning wiser spending and the art of coupon-ing. We say “no” to some of the extras and, perhaps, label our “luxuries” as such for greater mutual appreciation. We’re trying to live smart and ready to roll with fluctuations we cannot control.
With that in mind, I plan to include more “In-Town Tourist” articles as well as some features with tips on maximizing experiences with minimal expense in the next few months. While I am hopefully beyond the days of living on tuna fish and crackers for the sake of travel, I don’t care to spend money unnecessarily and there are many practical ways to stretch one’s travel dollar. I still have a wealth of photos and stories from last year’s adventures to share, but I recognize them as “a wealth”. I’m not sure what our travels will include this year. I will certainly find and create opportunities, but like many, I’m leaning back for a moment to survey the landscape.
Of one thing I am certain: Travel, in one form or another, is essential to a goal of lifelong learning. Here is a quote from my “Travels” page that sums up my personal view:
“Travel is not so much about where you go but rather about where those places take you. Unfortunately, most of us cannot live in permanent vacation mode (sigh), but with the right perspective a trip to the park can be our “walk on the beach”.
Travel is an escape from the ordinary. Finding the brand-new in our everyday places lets us live in that state of discovery that we often seek in alternate time zones. Extraordinary change resides within us. The externals may enhance, but the dissemination of a stunning sunset ultimately lies somewhere within our own hearts.”