Avoid non-essential travel

You may have come across this advisory – “Avoid non-essential travel”.  It is currently in place at the moment with regard to parts of Egypt (to name but one destination).  It is wise to take notice of this advisories but I had to chuckle at one of our more adventurous clients who is currently planning a trip to Egypt.  When Donna drew his attention to the advisory he answered –

“But my trip is essential – I just HAVE to go”!

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It made me think about how important travel is in our lives.  It always is so amazing to share the joy that people experience when they first start to travel.  Sometimes they may be a little older …. maybe they have been busy working, saving up, raising families and then suddenly with a little more time on their hands and some savings in the bank they can indulge their life long passion to go travelling.

At first it may be somewhere that feels “safer”.  Maybe a trip to England where everyone speaks the language and the only difference is the currency and the fact that they drive on the “wrong” side of the road.


After this, our essential traveller becomes a bit bolder – venturing out into Spanish towns and Tuscan villages, bringing back tales of new friends and a vocabulary of foreign sayings.

tuscan cooking class

Now we are usually on a roll.  During these trips our essential traveller has met other essential travellers who have shared tales of exotic locations, strange meals, elephant back rides, temples and prayer meetings with monks.  Our essential traveller is intrigued.  Now that those first hesitant steps are in the past a trip to Vietnam, Cambodia, China, India …. it all seems closer and somehow even more irresistible.  And the friendship of strangers stays in our hearts for ever.


Each new journey leaves a lasting effect, a change in world view and an insatiable appetite to see more and experience more.

Is it a drug?  Is it an addiction?  No – it is essential to our growth as human beings.

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.


  1. What a lovely article. I am currently on a seven month overland trip from London to Australia and boy, has there been a lot of growth! But amazing to go through countries that almost no one visits (Turkmenistan, Tibet) and meet locals and learn so much.


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