Miriam Beard once said,
"Travel is more than the seeing of sights. It is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living."
This, I believe, is true, especially for me, since I became "addicted" to travel late in life (although I may have always had wanderlust). It was the transformation of my mind and philosophy which made me look forward to the next trip almost before the present one was over. It is very noticeable to friends and family that I am happiest when I am traveling or at least planning a trip. The planning aspect has also become extremely important in my life, and something that I spend many waking hours doing. Lately, this blog has become somewhat of a substitute for planning or taking trips, but it can never totally displace these activities in my life.