Over the years, I have developed quite an adventure lust, journeying to such places as Greece, Turkey, Venice, Berlin and Prague, Israel, Jordan and Australia. Wherever I go I come back with a fresh perspective on our work and many times I return with ideas which I subsequently help develop into books.
This year was no different although our trip was a bit more exotic and adventurous than they have been in the past. In mid-September, we went to Kenya on the east coast of Africa and journeyed on a nine- day safari. We flew all over the country, from Nairobi where we visited Karen Blixen’s home (Out of Africa), to the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, to the Mara and Mt. Kenya, and back to Nairobi. We went on at least a dozen game drives, saw the great migration and experienced the thrill of a hot air balloon ride (with its scary, controlled crash landing). Ultimately we returned with wonderful photographs and stories to tell.
And, as in the past, I came back with a couple of book ideas that I am actively pursuing—a book about what the world would be like without wildlife and another about giraffes. I am really hoping that one or both of these come to fruition.
In the end, this vacation was restorative to my psyche and my creativity. Vacations should do that for all of us—enable us to renew our energy, so to speak.
I’d love to hear your vacation experiences and what resulted from your time away. I hope you will share those here.