Travel Calms the Soul

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This past week I got the chance to finally visit Niagara Falls. I love to travel, but I haven’t done much traveling recently. There’s so many places I want to visit, so many things that I want to see. Niagara Falls was a special trip because I had never gone to Canada and with this trip I managed to check to things on my checklist, seeing the Falls on the Canadian side. There were so many things to do, it was a fun trip even in the winter. I want to go back when it’s warmer just to be able to do many of the hikes. There were a few other reasons why this trip was special, it was our first vacation with our dog Finn, he enjoyed Canada just as much as we did, and it was the first random trip me and my boyfriend were taking together. This is important for us, because he is a little less into traveling than me and we have reached a compromise in which we will try and travel once a year, start close by and then work our way into exploring other countries, ideally seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland.

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Niagara on the Lake, visiting Lake Ontario

This trip also gave me the opportunity to visit one of the Great Lakes, Lake Ontario. I hadn’t thought about this but I have been able to visit most of the Great Lakes, I’m only missing Lake Superior. Which now means Lake Superior is on the list of things I want to see.

I like traveling for many reasons, mostly because I believe I’m a pretty restless person. I like to move, I  get weird when I’m too long in the same place. This shows itself in tiny ways, if I spent to many days inside the house, or even if I have plans to do something and the other people are being to slow. Traveling gives me an opportunity to explore, walk around, experience nature differently. Traveling renews me, it inspires me. After a short change in my surroundings I always feel like a different person, like I’m given a chance to start fresh, to be somebody who is still myself but has some qualities of somebody else. I don’t always have the resources to travel, sometimes I’m only able to travel a short distance, or I’m only able to go on a short walk, it still works. Wondering even for short distances does the mind and soul good.

I hope I’m able to continue wondering for years to come. Happy Holidays!

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