The Art of Traveling


As I about to leave on a new adventure, traveling to somewhere I have never been before, these words remind me of how to behave and why I get into a flying tin can, zoom up in the sky, across the ocean, in search of wonders that take my breath away.

The Art of Traveling was written by Wilferd A. Peterson, a very wise man who lived an inspired life as a writer and traveler.
He was born in 1900 and lived on this earth for 95 years perfecting the Art of Living.

Besides writing The Art of Living & the below Art of Traveling, he also wrote for many magazines including This Week and a monthly column for Science of the Mind magazine.

The Art of Traveling
By: Wilferd A. Peterson

When you pack your bags to explore the beauties of your own country or to travel around the world, consider these keys to a happy journey:

Travel lightly. You are not traveling for people to see you!

Travel Slowly. Jet planes are for getting place, not seeing places.

Take time to absorb the beauty and inspiration of a mountain or a cathedral.

Travel expectantly. Every place you visit is like a surprise package to be opened. Untie the strings with an expectation of high adventure.

Travel hopefully. “To travel hopefully,” wrote Robert Louis Stevenson, “is better than to arrive.”

Travel humbly. Visit people and places with reverence and respect for their traditions and ways of Life.

Travel courteously. Consideration for your fellow travelers and your hosts will smooth the way through the most difficult days.

Travel gratefully. Show appreciation for the many things that are being done by others for your enjoyment and comfort.

Travel with an open mind. Leave your prejudice at home.

Travel with curiosity. It is not how far you go, but how deeply you go that mines the gold of experience. Thoreau wrote a big book about tiny Walden Pond.

Travel with imagination. As the old Spanish proverb puts it: “He who would bring home the wealth of the Indies must carry the wealth of the Indies with him.”

Travel fearlessly. Banish worry and timidity, the world and its people belong to you just as you belong to the world.

Travel relaxed. Make up your mind to have a good time. Let go.

Travel patiently. It takes time to understand others, especially when there are barriers of language and custom; keep flexible and adaptable to all situations.

Travel with the spirit of a world citizen. You’ll discover that people are basically much the same the world around. Be an ambassador of goodwill to all people.


Excellent words to remember for a fine adventure…

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“If you do not see what is around you every day, what will you see when you go to Tangiers?” Freeman Patterson

I spend my time planning grand voyages and forget to realize that someone, somewhere in this world would love to walk in my neighborhood-so while I dream of faraway places I also want to remember to discover what’s in my own backyard.
With this in mind I journeyed to Oahu- a short 45 minute plane ride away- for some art, food, relaxation and some sisterhood joy.


Straight from the airplane I took a taxi (which cost an arm and leg) to the Honolulu Museum of Art.

I was there to see the fabulous special exhibition of Art Deco Hawaii, including the murals painted by Eugene Savage which were used for the Matson Ship Lines menu covers in 1938.


Then on to the permanent collection of Hawaiian Art before wandering over to the outside coffee bar for an iced coffee while waiting to board the shuttle to Shangri La.


Shangri La is the magical estate of Doris Duke-a true adventuress and very rich gal.

To learn more about Doris & Shangri La check out this link


En route to an around the world voyage on her honeymoon in 1935 she stopped in Honolulu and feel in love again…this time not with a man but with the tropical beauty of Hawaii.
She opened her big-old money-wallet and bought 5 acres in the shadow of Diamond Head.


Doris & her hubby hanging with the legendary Kahanamoku brothers.


Freshly inspired by her journey to the Middle East and alls its wonders Doris returned to Hawaii and transformed her paradise to replicate what she had admired in the arts of India, Morocco, Iran & Syria.

Beyond the plain white walls you enter a different world, one filled with color and patterns that takes your breath away.


The treasures this house holds is incredible-a vast collection of art that one would need to travel across the world to see-and here it was in practically in my own backyard-a gift left for all of us to discover & enjoy from Doris.


The bedroom and dressing room has just been opened to the public-and can I tell you that it is-in one word- FABULOUS!


After a day of culture, the next days were spent watching my friend fencing, dinners with friends-old & new- a morning bike ride thru the neighborhoods of Diamond Head, and of course, a little shopping, a little beach time.


G-Force in action-my sister-friend and another Fabulous Gal!


We ended the weekend at the The Royal Hawaiian-A.K.A the Pink Palace- sitting watching the moon over the ocean having one of their fabulous mai-tais made with fresh pineapple & OJ


…and planning our next adventure


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Le Jardin des Tuileries-Paris, France

~Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away~

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There are some days to remember…Do you know what I mean?

France MAY 2014 045This was one of those days.

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 It was a spring evening in Paris which found me walking with a destination in mind, but fortunately, in a split second I abandoned my reason and crossed from the frenetic  sounds of the city into the peacefulness of the gardens.France MAY 2014 051

.                        …And it was as if I walked into a painting.testThe sunlight fell on the purple flowers brilliantly, showing off their shades of purple.France MAY 2014 057_edited-1         All I could do,  no,  all I needed to do, was to sit and eat my macaron,and bask in the glow.   

                                                                            ~ WOW~                                                                                                                                                               

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