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The Wider World
Recently, a friend told me she was heading to Africa to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. Her greatest concern? Not being able to shower for over a week. I don’t blame her! Her statement reminded me that traveling pushes our limits, allays our fears and explodes assumptions. Or in the wry eloquence of Mark Twain, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.’”
This month, we’re determined to widen our worlds. Maybe it’s just around the corner from your house or thousands of miles away on another continent, but that new experience awaits. Carey and Eric both help us get a little creative on the road, discovering the ways to make your journey, well, more yours. Maybe you’re into wine tasting, mountain climbing or just interesting food dives. Tailoring a vacation can add a new spark to the regular beach routine.
We know that sometimes getting away can be complicated by pets. Kathryn offers an alternative with her ideas of how to travel with your favorite furry companion on page 52.
Having just the right bag or supplies when on the road can make all the difference. Over in Hot Springs, The Mountain’s Edge introduces a world of knives suited to your particular need. Likewise, another southern artist Tracy Wooten has crafted the most divine leather bags sold through her Biscuit Leather Company. Finely crafted, they’re just the kind of belonging that you’ll always grab from the closet as your favorite choice.
Finally, you never know what past travels will drop at your door. My travel writing buddy Chere got the final laugh this month with her newly-released book all about her travels. Read more on page 26 to discover the reason that left me smiling.
We hope this issue brings you many smiles, both at home and on the open road.
Bon voyage!

Karen