The MidLife Adventuress

Seeking Breathless Wonder in the World

~The Art of Traveling~

December 4th, 2014



As I about to leave on a new adventure, traveling to somewhere I have never been before, these words remind me of how to behave and why I get into a flying tin can, zoom up in the sky, across the ocean, in search of wonders that take my breath away.

The Art of Traveling was written by Wilferd A. Peterson, a very wise man who lived an inspired life as a writer and traveler.
He was born in 1900 and lived on this earth for 95 years perfecting the Art of Living.

Besides writing The Art of Living & the below Art of Traveling, he also wrote for many magazines including This Week and a monthly column for Science of the Mind magazine.

The Art of Traveling
By: Wilferd A. Peterson

When you pack your bags to explore the beauties of your own country or to travel around the world, consider these keys to a happy journey:

Travel lightly. You are not traveling for people to see you!

Travel Slowly. Jet planes are for getting place, not seeing places.

Take time to absorb the beauty and inspiration of a mountain or a cathedral.

Travel expectantly. Every place you visit is like a surprise package to be opened. Untie the strings with an expectation of high adventure.

Travel hopefully. “To travel hopefully,” wrote Robert Louis Stevenson, “is better than to arrive.”

Travel humbly. Visit people and places with reverence and respect for their traditions and ways of Life.

Travel courteously. Consideration for your fellow travelers and your hosts will smooth the way through the most difficult days.

Travel gratefully. Show appreciation for the many things that are being done by others for your enjoyment and comfort.

Travel with an open mind. Leave your prejudice at home.

Travel with curiosity. It is not how far you go, but how deeply you go that mines the gold of experience. Thoreau wrote a big book about tiny Walden Pond.

Travel with imagination. As the old Spanish proverb puts it: “He who would bring home the wealth of the Indies must carry the wealth of the Indies with him.”

Travel fearlessly. Banish worry and timidity, the world and its people belong to you just as you belong to the world.

Travel relaxed. Make up your mind to have a good time. Let go.

Travel patiently. It takes time to understand others, especially when there are barriers of language and custom; keep flexible and adaptable to all situations.

Travel with the spirit of a world citizen. You’ll discover that people are basically much the same the world around. Be an ambassador of goodwill to all people.


Excellent words to remember for a fine adventure…

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