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Traveling Isn’t Just for Famous Authors

21 Comments 02 August 2010

I have thoroughly enjoyed the first part of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love, as she has recounted her foray through the most amazing ITALY!  Yes, food is a huge part of her experience there, but clearly, it is only part of all that she allows herself to take in while spending her four months there.  I think one of the most significant reasons that I am enjoying her story lies in the fact that this entire book is about traveling.  And if one must travel, then Italy is certainly on the top of the list for the world’s most fabulous destinations.  Gilbert’s descriptions of the people, the scenery, and the food are all done in such a way as for one to believe they are taking this journey with her.

However, the first section also lays such dramatic groundwork in our understanding who Gilbert is and why she has chosen to take this journey.  Gilbert states honestly that she is not a natural ‘traveler,’ yet she believes it to be of paramount importance.  She says, “Still, despite all this, traveling is the great true love of my life.  I have always felt, ever since I was sixteen years old and first went to Russia with my saved-up babysitting money, that to travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.  I am loyal and constant in my love for travel, as I have not always been loyal and constant in my other loves.  I feel about travel the way a happy new mother feels about her impossible, colicky, restless newborn baby – I just don’t care what it puts me through.  Because I adore it.  Because it’s mine.  Because it looks exactly like me.  It can barf all over me if it wants to-I just don’t care.”

I love this…why?  Because I love travel and I love the sense of independence that comes with traveling.  I too feel that it could be a love of my life.  I too believe that travel is ‘worth any cost or sacrifice.’  We gain so much when we step outside of our own worlds and enter someone else’s world.

So, here are five of the best reasons I know of for traveling…(to Italy!)  Okay, they are photos, but they are photos from my 40th birthday trip to Sicily!  Food to EAT, places to PRAY & people to LOVE!

Enjoy them and then consider whether or not you are willing to count the cost of travel!  If you are…let me know, because we are going back!

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  1. Love that you are reading along with the group! I think everyone should take a trip to Italy on their 40th! Thank you so much for sharing your pics – make me want to go to Italy that much more.

    • Jorja says:

      maria, thanks for dropping by & i completely agree, a trip to Italy for their 40th, 45th, 50th, 55th, shall i go on?

  2. Nicki says:

    I so enjoyed your photos. I understand the travel bug and the keeping a log of where you have been in some way, such as photos.

    • Jorja says:

      hey nicki, thanks for reading my e,l,p post. enjoyed yours too! my best friend is a single mom to 4, can’t imagine 6!

  3. April says:

    Girl, I love that quote from the book. It resonates with my soul. Remember all the “chick vacations” I took with my mom when I was single? I totally give her all the credit for making me a travel lover. She read Eat, Pray, Love last year and loved it.

  4. Ellen says:

    Hi Jorja,

    Wendi introduced me to your blog – love it. Funny thing, I am reading Eat, Pray, Love right now and there are certain times in the book that you pop into my head. It must be the Italian food thing! ha Keep blogging!

    • Jorja says:

      ellen, nice to meet you! gotta love wendi sending you over to read. i am really enjoying the book myself. thanks for the encouragement!

  5. Jorja, it’s funny that I read this this morning. My ex-husband and his mother just took an incredible cruise to the Mediterranean last month, and when he returned, he gave me all 800+ photos to cull through and edit for him – and last night, I finally put them on my harddrive. This morning, upon returning to my computer, I found these photos cycling through my screen saver – beautiful photos of Italy, Monaco and other beautiful ports of call that I’ll probably never get to see, but nonetheless enjoy watching through his photos.

    Although I do not get to travel much, when I did travel last month back to my hometown to attend my 25th (and 1st!) high school reunion, I wrote about the incredible sense of independence that it brought to me, something I had not experienced in a very, VERY long time. I sense that that will return to me on Thursday as I board that train bound for NYC and I can’t WAIT! It may not be Italy, and I may not be having a love affair with food or men, but I DO think that the travel might just .be.

    • Jorja says:

      dawn, yes, there is a tremendous sense of independence that comes with traveling and since i am about as independent as anyone i know, it is a GOOD thing for me. i too am looking forward to thursday & NYC!

  6. I know this is just a lead-in to your upcoming departure (or-you little rat fink, may have already left without telling me) for New York City for BlogHer’10. I am going next year-and make Judy go too 😉
    I love your pics- your writing takes one breath away as always-
    xxoo ridgely

    • Jorja says:

      ridgely, no my dear, haven’t left yet…thursday AM. wish you gals were going with…it looks like it will be very, very interesting!

  7. Judy Helfand says:

    I really like when you write about traveling. I have not traveled for pleasure by myself or with girlfriends…ever! Oh, wait, once I took a trip to NYC with my sisters. A whole week of just the girls and it was great. We were even interviewed by Al Roker on the TODAY show!
    But my question is this: how about family trips? Do you derive the same pleasure?
    I have great and funny memories of traveling with my parents and siblings, but with my own family…it seems I got/get too wrapped up in the planning and didn’t/don’t always ENJOY the trip. Do you know what I mean?


    • Jorja says:

      judy, and once again you have set me up for a great post…it will be about why my family doesn’t get to go on trips…just a little insight into our life with MH! things just aren’t as they should be…!

  8. kate says:

    LOVE this… i keep telling brian how i want to see the world and we/i am just going to somehow make it happen. your thoughts on travel totally resonate with me.

    • Jorja says:

      you rock! i will try to take care of all of these people who are calling me mommy and then write my post…wow! i never win awards! 😉 thanks!

  9. Judy Helfand says:

    Dear Jorja and Ridgely,
    Wish you could both come to Blog World 2010, Las Vegas,
    Weekend pass is $395.
    Think about it!

  10. I am in the middle or reading EPL, have seen the moview once, and I am taking my 17 year old daughter to see it this evening!

    I love to see new places, and I want to go to Italy SO bad! I have a horrible fear of flying which I will have to get over and get some valium, lol!

    I wrote 2 posts about my experience with EPL, not so much a review as much as what it did for me. Visit if you’d like!


    • Jorja says:

      bernice, i have just finished italy and i am excited to finish the book. i too have seen the movie, but i am looking forward to seeing it again when i finish the book. i look forward to reading your posts! thanks for taking the time to read my blog!

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