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new years travel thoughts

i found this in one of numerous travel things i get. it seemed an appropriate thought to share here on fodors.

Will you venture where you have never gone before? Will you step foot on a new continent, will you sail a new sea? Will you watch the sun rise or set in a new corner of the globe? Will you hear a new language? Will you taste a new food? Will you encounter new customs, and will you make any of them your own? Will you return to your ancestral home? Will you stand where Napoleon stood, or Plato, or Beethoven? Will you follow Shackleton to Antarctica, or Cook to Tahiti or Vespucci to the Amazon? Accommodations have come a long way since those early voyages! Will you push your own limits like Lindbergh, Columbus, Magellan, Peary? Will you stand outside the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and imagine the first shot of the Bolshevik Revolution? Will you spot the minarets of the Blue Mosque as you approach Istanbul from the sea? Will you zip-line through the jungle canopy in Costa Rica? Will you don scuba gear and drift down the wall off St. Croix? Will you ascend the slopes of Kilimanjaro? Will you climb into a hot air balloon at dawn and drift silently over the Serengeti? Will you float by medieval castles on the Rhine River? Where will you become a foreigner, a visitor, a guest? What will you choose to bring back from your visit? What will stay with you the longest? What will change you forever? There has never, ever, been a better time to travel, and never so many options. May some place new and wondrous ahead. await you in the year.
happy new year everyone.

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