Despite a little personal upheaval – and some surgery which kept me housebound for a while – 2010 has been another good year for travel. I revisited a number of old haunts and at times found myself amid familiar surroundings in a completely different context. While I was able to get up to a few new adventures – and cross a few countries off the bucket list – the year, in retrospect, seems to have had an interesting theme: re-exploration. Despite the number of return visits this year, I found myself seeing places as if for the first time. I guess shifting perspectives will do that to you. A little up-ending, it turns out, goes a long way towards reinforcing what it is I love about travel: the adventure, chase, and sense of discovery.
In what is now officially an annual holiday tradition, I’ll be spending the next “Twelve days of Christmas” looking back. So light the fire, grab your cocoa, and cuddle up to the year that was.