I've been grabbed and shaken and not let go by the article 'Why Travel Makes Us Better Designers'. The piece addresses 'threshold moments': the long lines and claustrophobic plane rides, the transitions from one place to another. As the author explains, "Threshold moments are points of profound anticipation—moments when the mere idea of what’s around the bend heightens our focus. They are moments that we take home with us not as souvenirs but as lessons on the richness of life." My on-the-road approach thus far has been to zone out until I arrive at my destination, but I love this idea of travel as an opportunity to stay present at all times.
My good friends Caroline and Jayden of Woodnote Photography are having more than their share of threshold moments. They've been exploring Australia, India, and Nepal, and I've been avidly following their Instagram along the way. Though I haven't been out of the U.S. since I was 18, I have been slowly growing the list of American cities I've seen. And I return from each visit with a renewed energy, one that's grounded both in the vibrance of the wider world and the santuary of my own little corner in it.
Even an afternoon in another neighborhood yields threshold moments. My favorite lamp comes from a store that I spotted while sitting in a traffic jam; the most fascinating local characters I meet are cab drivers; and anyone who's frequented public transit knows what an adventure that can be. I look forward to approaching future travel with a more attentive mindset—so that when I return home, my stories, souvenirs, and indeed life as a whole, are that much the richer.