Journeys trip leader Coco Rae has traveled with with students and adults, in groups and independently, in cities and deep in the wild. In advance of an upcoming trip to Mt. Kilimanjaro, she shares her reflections on the power of journeying by foot to deepen the impact of your surroundings.
There are lots of reasons not to postpone the travel of your dreams. After more than thirty years helping people prepare for adventurous explorations of far away places I have had a special opportunity to watch the world change from the perspectives of the curious would-be and actual travelers. People develop a desire to see a particular place because they read about it, see a movie or TV show, hear tales of friends or throw a dart at a map. Travel fantasies, unfortunately, often don’t make the leap to reality. “Not enough money” often evolves into “not enough time” which becomes “can’t get away from family responsibilities” and all to soon,”I am not as fit as I used to be”. That climb of Kilimanjaro or Inca Trail Trek or Everest Sherpa Trek pilgrimage all become paths not taken.