Travel epiphany in Barnes and Noble

If you couldn’t tell from my recent posts (and lack of), I’ve been very uninspired lately when it comes to travel.  Maybe I have travel planning burnout. Maybe I’m frustrated that my friends and family don’t really seem to “get” me or why I’m doing this.  Maybe I’m just being lazy.  Maybe it’s a combination of all of the above.  Whatever the reason, every post I’ve written lately has been pulled begrudgingly from my brain.  That changed today.  I was sitting on the floor of the Barnes and Noble in the travel section (duh) trying to kill the 45 minutes until I needed to leave for work when this 60 year old woman comes bouncing down the aisle.  She was looking at some maps that were, of course, on the bookshelf that I was leaning up against.  I apologized for being in her way and told her to let me know if I was in her way.  She assured me I wasn’t.  I went back to skimming through Lonely Planet’s Europe on a Shoestring.  A few minutes later, I noticed that she still hadn’t found what she was looking for.  I asked her where she was headed.  She turned toward me with a big smile and explained that she was going to a few countries in Eastern Europe.  I pointed her in the right direction.  She asked where I was going.  I explained that I was going on a RTW to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, and South and Central America.  “How exciting!!” she exclaimed with a genuine look of glee on her face.  “It is exciting” I thought and just like that, my travel melancholia of the past couple weeks completely disappeared.  When this is what you think and dream about day in and day out for months, or even years, it can become easy to lose sight of just how awesome your trip is or will be.  Sometimes you can shake yourself out of the monotony of planning and see what drew you to your trip in the first place.  Other times, it takes looking at your trip through the eyes of a stranger you met in Barnes and Noble to see your trip from a fresh prospective

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