Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.
“Healthy” and “free”, descriptive words to evoke what traveling symbolized to Walt. The further I delve into a gypsy existence, traveling is a mental, emotional or spiritual awakening. Oh, but let’s not forget the physical benefits.
- Blood pressure, heart rate, and levels of epinephrine – a stress hormone – decline on holidays after only one or two days.
- An annual vacation can cut a person’s risk of heart attack by 50%.
- Travelers rate their overall health one full point higher (on a scale of 1 to 5) while on vacation. They also get three times more deep sleep after their vacation.
Interesting. I had always measured travel by how it makes me feel. Good. Ecstatic. Never how it affects me physically. Clearly, travel is a holistic venture. It can garner several meanings for many people. Almost Fearless or Nomadic Matt view it as freedom. A guidebook writer might treat it as a systematic job with added perks.
Freedom is about 50% of it for me. The other 50% is devoted to the concept of change.
It was a Monday, I sat at my cubicle station, clicking my mouse, my wrist supported by a special mouse pad to combat wrist strain. I hadn’t seen the top of my desk in weeks, piles of paper sneered at me in silent judgment. Recirculated air hit my nostrils causing me to cough. A steady lump of emptiness sat in my heart. Always there, never