Life is always told best with music. For me, travel and I have a love so deep and sacred, we’ve achieved mix tape status. It is an ever-growing playlist of songs that capture the love, the discovery, and the adventure I find everywhere I go. It’s the essential mixtape with tracks that are so meaningful that depending on the day I might only get as far as one song letting it play on repeat. The repetition giving me a chance to get lost in the feelings and memories, all over again.
Europe has its own special playlist. Some days its Peter Gabriel’s “Solsbury Hill”
on repeat, a song that perfectly captured what it was like the minute my feet touched the ground in England. It reminds me of the hope I had coursing through my body. It also captured the desperation I felt to get out of the “machine”my stateside career had become. I took a deep a breath, drew up some courage, and with “my heart going boom, boom, boom I grabbed my things”. The spirit of adventure had come “to take me home.”
If I’m being honest though, I think love songs capture Europe best. My romance with this continent will stand the test of time. Europe is the love of my life. So on other days my mixtape gets stuck on Chelsea Cutler’s “Sixteen” a song about love’s power to make you feel young again.
This song conjures up memories of how out of place I felt when I turned 30. The crushing fear that “growing up meant getting tired.” The feeling of being weighed down and used up.
When all hope was about to be lost, love arrived in the form of a chance to start again abroad. Europe gave a worn out woman who “thought [her] youth was going quickly,” the beautiful gift of renewal. The gift of “sixteen.”
So it’s with all of this background I welcome you to get lost in travel. It’s going to be a journey filled with great sites, great eats, and great songs that inspire the moment. As I take you on my travels make a little room for my mixtape. The Guide to Getting Lost is about taking yourself on the ultimate journey. So stay open and stay ready. Who knows maybe you’ll find the thing that inspires a mixtape of your own.