It’s interesting that you say that, because in this issue of Dumbo Feather we’re also featuring writer Cheryl Strayed, and she talks about when she reached the bottom point in her life, she hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. She describes it as a time of walking back to herself, as well as a process of healing that came with that physical journey. Is the relationship between travel and healing something you’ve considered when creating these trips?
Absolutely. I think with any trip you take, whether it’s at a beach for five days or doing something a lot more historical and cultural like a National Geographic Journeys trip, once you get home there will be a sense of transformation. That’s why people love to travel so much—because it helps give you a better perspective, most of the time, on your own life. In most of our trips there will be an intention-setting ceremony, so people can talk about what it is that they would like to accomplish throughout the trip, and then the idea is that after they come back we want to send them a message and say, “Oh you mentioned that you wanted to do so-and-so on your trip, hopefully you’re still on the trajectory of accomplishing what you set out to do.” Just a gentle reminder that you wanted to change something or you wanted to improve something and that you don’t forget what your goals were.
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