I’ve just landed after a series of trips that were just as amazing as they were exhausting.
In only a month and a half, I went to Corsica, Croatia, Virginia, Hawaii, Japan, and finally Arizona and the Grand Canyon. Some of it was for work, some of it was vacation. It had been awhile since I’d been on a plane that much, and it had also been awhile since I’d felt so disconnected from everyday life. And that was both exciting and difficult at the same time.
Traveling is funny. When you put it that way, you might imagine some kind of jet set, glam, dream life. It’s so easy to only look at the perfect snapshots and to only talk about the Instagram moments, the palm trees, the wide open spaces, and drinking rosé on the patio. And I have nothing against relaxing palm tree trips, by the way.
But on the other hand, to me, a trip doesn’t mean much if I don’t come back feeling transformed somehow. Taken away from my habits and usual frame of reference, I’m suddenly more vulnerable – and when you’re face to face with your own vulnerability, that’s when change begins.
Transformations don’t necessarily have to be enormous, and each one can be a little bit different.
It might be going on vacation with people you love and seeing them in a way you never had before. I just got back from spending five days on a boat and let me tell you, there’s no better way to get to know someone. If you still love someone after five days on a boat, you’re going to love them for life!
It might be going away alone and opening yourself up completely to other people and new experiences.
It might be a catastrophic trip, where it rains all week when you were expecting sun, testing your patience, positivity, and ability to make all moments into good moments, even when nothing seems to be going your way.
It might be going to a place full of energy (for me, for example, Arizona is always a place that recharges my positive energy, I couldn’t tell you why, but it’s really special) and coming back full of new strength.
Sometimes it’s also an opportunity to experience disconnecting. Whether it’s because you’re in a totally different time zone (being in Japan means you’re awake when everyone is sleeping in New York) or it’s because you’re in a place that’s so remote, you don’t have a signal – I often found myself totally lost in translation, I couldn’t work, I couldn’t communicate with the Studio, and it really made me question the idea we have these days that you can “work and communicate wherever you are in the world.”
Some of the time, it was great to not have an internet connection. To wake up in the morning and not be able to check my Instagram or my email. And to realize how good it feels to be without those things, and how quickly you can forget those automatic habits and reconnect with life all around you.
But other times, it was hard.
Little by little, my team and I got frustrated when we couldn’t communicate. Sometimes, all I wanted was to go home and be able to spend quality time at the Studio working all together, and not just in little blips over Skype.
I learned to what extent nothing can replace real presence and real human contact, and it really made me want to come home and get back to work with my team. In fact, we’ve planned a little trip Upstate all together…
That’s probably what trips are for, actually. Discovering the world, discovering others and yourself, but most of all, finding within yourself the desire to come home…
Translated by Andrea Perdue