Making friends is undoubtedly harder the older we get. But friends make life last longer. Literally. An Australian study found the survival time of older people with a circle of friends significantly enhanced. Harvard showed that a large social network provided a protective influence on cognitive function. So really, it’s not only a fun way to travel, but healthy too. One of the best ways to make friends is to find something in common. Traveling in itself is already something in common with fellow travelers. Using that jumping off point and these handy tips, get ready to meet people, find new travel buddies, and make lasting friendships!
As I was reading through the many web articles listing the most inspiring travel books, I became more and more struck with the vast differences in each list and the sheer volume of books that exist about travel. Everyone has a story, and many of those stories are about travel; each traveler committed to self-discovery, enlightenment, and adventure. Maybe you may have heard of these books before (or seen the movies) so the synopses below are somewhat simplified. Check out the top 11 most popular books to inspire travel, wanderlust, and the search for happiness.
To recognize a landmark is to be able to navigate through a city, drive across a country or sail on a sea. Landmarks can direct, attract, indicate, and symbolize an area, established to mark the boundaries of a kingdom or estate in the 16th century. City skylines can be well-known landmarks; who can forget the shape of the Space Needle in Seattle or the height of the Sears tower on the Chicago skyline? Landmarks can also be of a purely natural state, like the great Redwood trees of California or Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. In United States, there are several famous American landmarks, common backdrops to anything authentically American, that show the grit and resolve of the American people, that almost never were.
I’m not afraid of anything. Especially doing things alone. Being my own dinner date sans book? Check. Taking myself to the movies? Easy. Flying half-way around the world alone? Simple. But I sort of hate it.
Here are some of my tried and true methods for coping with feeling blue. None of these are a silver bullet. I still feel in a funk, but I do feel better after I've done these things. I try to keep positive, and within a day or two I can shed these blue feelings, and feel a little more like little miss sunshine :)