The pleasure in traveling, or at least part of mine, lies not just in getting from here to there, or seeing what wonders there has to share, but also in the elegance and refinement of the getting there. As my wife’s body knows, “The Journey is the Destination,” and, in that, is embodied my aspiration to not just get things done and make lovely things, but to do so in a way that shows small improvement each time, moving towards and presenting pleasure in each of thie countless moments along the way.
Here, in LaGuardia Airport, as I wait for a flight to Halifax for a few days of time with my amazing (and well-travelled) parents, I’m enjoying the result of so many of those small reflections and enhancements:
- My slightly heavy but rugged and consistent travel case, largely pre-packed at all times, makes packing simple and limits my choices of what to bring to a compact and finite set.
- My briefcase (technically a surplus map case) is just small enough to fit comfortably in my seat on the flight, but bit enough to hold a computer, headphones, pen, Pocket Yellow Notebook, mobile phone charger, and a few sundries.
- My clothes, which are as usual a few of the same pinstripe, custom, three-season light wool pants and fitted H&M dress shirts are familiar and comfortable in all but the most extreme environments.
- Packing cubes, which do such a fine job of keeping the extra shirt, slacks, and a t-shirt neat and wrinkle-free; a cashmere sweater (great weight to warm ratio), warm undershirt, compact puffy jacket (Uniqlo; amazing), socks and underwear, all wrapped up compactly.
Countless other small choices, from a nail file, Cliff Bar, spare flashlight, to extra ibuprofen, and a non-electronic, mechanical winder watch (for when one wants to put the more modern technology away but still know the time), all embody, and evolved from, that same collection of steps and improvements, small but continuous, over the years.
It is in the sum of these small moments and elegant gestures that travel is, for me, at it’s most calm, magically joyous, and the wonder of being here, then there, is most wondrously felt.
So, then, to traveling well, and all of the adventures and connections doing so enables!