“You have driven me from the East to this place, and I have been here two thousand years or more. … My friends, if you took me away from this land it would be very hard for me. I wish to die in this land. I wish to be an old man here. … I have not wished to give even a part of it to the Great Father. Though he were to give me a million dollars I would not give him this land. … When people want to slaughter cattle they drive them along until they get them to a corral, and then they slaughter them. So it was with us. … My children have been exterminated; my brother has been killed.” — Standing Bear of the Poncas
So, I’m 37 today. Another year, another number and a little closer to reaching the point of wondering what the hell happened to my youth. But I’m not feeling bad today. In fact, I’m celebrating. I’m celebrating my travel life. These 37 life travel moments aren’t necessarily the best or most memorable experiences. You won’t find seeing the Sistine Chapel or driving across the Golden Gate Bridge on here. Some of these experiences, in fact, are very minor. But looking back, I think these are 37 of the thousands of moments that have shaped me as the traveler I am today. In no particular order, here are 13 of my 37 life travel moments.
Not all travel has to be fantastic. Yes, you read that right. But before you accuse me of sending mixed messages about how I feel about travel, let me explain what I feel fantastic travel is.
In the mood to celebrate what makes the American South a unique region? May is as good a time as any to head to Dixie, as the first weekend of the month alone features several world-class events from the Kentucky Derby and New Orleans Jazz Fest to Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival and Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Music Festival, not to mention a host of small arts and crafts fairs in towns across the region.
But what about the festivals with a little spice and excitement, the ones that celebrate what makes the South a place all its own? The region is known for many things, from manners, storytellers, great music, and food to important authors, a civil rights legacy, and festivals that celebrate them all.
As someone who is attempting to build a business based on planning trips for people, it might be a little counterintuitive to promote traveling somewhere with no plan. Well, over the weekend I traveled to Central Arkansas for a family reunion. On the way I decided to stop in North Little Rock to check out the USS Razorback World War II submarine with my 5-year-old son.