Over the weekend, the buzz over Eat, Pray, Love exploded all over the travel world. Anticipation for the movie based on the true life story of solo female traveler Liz Gilbert has led to one big conversation over the now released film. For now, it seems as if you either love it or you hate it. Personally, the story resonates moments in my life that puts a smile on my face. Whether you’re a world traveler or astonished by this newfound idea, the film will get to you in one way or another.
I thought about my own personal travels. I’ve done school trips to Europe, backpacked alone and was fortunate enough to even win a few trips. Needless to say, with Eat, Pray, Love one everyone’s mind, I’d like to think about my own personal saga and how I’d apply the following words.
For a country rich in culture and history, it is also rich in international cuisine. I’d like to call it the Culinary Capital of South America. Why?
I love Italian food, but there is something about South American cuisine that makes me want to hop on the next flight to Lima, Peru.
Hawaii wouldn’t be anyone’s first choice for a spiritual cleansing, but for me it absolutely was. In March, 2009, after being laid off and broken hearted, my luck turned around when I found out I won a free trip to Hawaii. Thinking I’d be sulking in a romantic place as a single, I found spiritual guidance in paradise.
The contest was promoted by a Christian University: The University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii. Regardless of life choices, religious affiliation, I was warmly welcomed and personally taken care of by the wonderful people at this campus. To this day, I keep in contact with the people I met who helped me through very tough times. As this was also my first solo trip, I was able to open my eyes and truly see that travel would be a part of my life forever.
How can you not find serenity and tranquility in a place like this?
If you’re expecting a fairy tale ending with some hot Spaniard native, keep dreaming. (I know I will.) I fell in love with many things in my few visits to this Spanish country. Recently, my no-reason solo trip to Barcelona in November made me realize a few things.
- The culture
- The sights
- The names of train stations
- The realization that love is defined in many ways and is everywhere. (Couples are everywhere in Barcelona)
- The ambiance of the lively city with friendly natives.
- The fact I was able to get a ridiculous deal on a flight for $225 USD Round Trip from New York to Barcelona
- Being a part of this heritage and wanting to find my roots.
But, pictures speak louder than words in this case: I absolutely love Spain and will find myself there again and again.
Have you seen Eat, Pray, Love? If you could substitute your own destinations, what would your choices be and Why?