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Letter from Publisher: Travel Notes

Kim and Teona with John and Karen Newton, co-owners of Prairie Guest House

Travel is one of my favorite pastimes. Leaving home for parts unknown can be exhilarating—encompassing adventure, education, a break in routine and sometimes total escape. Whether visiting somewhere for the first or tenth time, there’s always something new to discover.

Several years ago, I read that adults learn by reading, writing, association and travel. The concept has stuck with me, and I’ve found it to be true in my life. I typically research transportation and accommodations online, read peer reviews about activities and restaurants and check out the top 10 things to do in the area I’m visiting. Before I even embark, I’ve gained insight and expanded my horizons.

Travel changes us. Encountering different people, places and things in fresh surroundings, we tend to pay attention and notice news, views and details that expand our mind and experience of life. We release ourselves from the hold of everyday work, chores and obligations that ordinarily consume us.

In the October issue, we explore the joys of travel near and far. April Thompson delves into the adventure of life-changing experiences in our feature article, “Transformative Travel, Outer Adventures, Inner Journeys.” Opportunities for personal growth, discovery and learning abound; all of these plus the potential for relaxation and renewal have encouraged me to view travel as an extension of self-care. This month’s travel experts encourage us to weave in time for restorative moments— meditation, yoga and restful reflection—in between our explorations and peak experiences.

Given all of this, we are wise to incorporate regular travel opportunities into our full-throttle schedules. When we don’t feel we have the time, budget or desire to venture to distant places yet want to experience the benefits, we can always travel close to home. Staycations can be a more manageable and frequent escape from routine. Local forays can be refreshing and regenerating, allowing us to discover new places just up the road.

We’ve included two local features to help you plan your next nearby escape. “Indiana Staycation: Rejuvenation for the Soul” by Allie McFee guides us to Indy area and statewide opportunities. Plus, supplies a broad range of intriguing trip ideas and events as well as lodging options.

recent visit to a local bed and breakfast encouraged me to share our experience in this month’s Community Spotlight. Our stay at the Prairie Guest House, in Fishers, afforded the joyful benefits good travel offers, just 10 minutes from home. We connected with delightful people, discovered new-to-us places right around the corner and felt balanced and renewed, all within 24 hours.

As autumn approaches, I encourage you to treat yourself and journey somewhere solo or with loved ones. No souvenirs necessary, I think you’ll be surprised with the bounty you return home with.

Enjoy the journey,

Teona Signature

Teona Wright, Publisher

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