Appreciate the world

When we do start travelling again I think there is going to be a new appreciation of our world. We have seen fires, floods and earthquakes, not to mention the dreaded plague – COVID 19. Once we get this under control, which we will, I think we will look at the world through different eyes.

Some of the most beautiful places in the world have been taken away from us over the last 18 months and soon it will be our chance to explore these places. Where will you go first?

If you are a nature lover where could you see nature at its finest without the interference of mankind? Antarctica? This uninhabited continent is not easy to get to – especially if you are going to cross the Drake Passage with a dicey tummy! However you certainly won’t be dealing with crowds of people – maybe just crowds of penguins. Of course a trip to Antarctica is not cheap so this will definitely be on the bucket list. The average Antarctica cruise is going to cost around $8000. Maybe possible to find something a bit cheaper – very easy to find something more expensive. If you do go all that way make sure to take your swimsuit so you can do the polar challenge. A plunge into the icy waters. I guess if you can’t make it to Antarctica you can always just take a dip in the Bow River in the middle of winter. Just pretend!

Do the plunge they said. It’ll be fun they said.

If you are a history buff there are some new delights to discover. Make your way out to Peru and fly over the Nazca desert. Not just lines there but a new cat to see. It was this drawing that really intrigued me because it is so lifelike

Just look at that kitty! Whichever alien species drew this cat honestly had one has a pet in some distant galaxy. Just the way the arms are tucked underneath looks just like my cat!

I think this look means I want more!

Another recent exciting discovery was a hidden city in Luxor. Egyptologists announced the discovery of a 3,000-year-old “lost golden city” near Luxor in April, touting it as one of the most important discoveries since Tutankhamun’s tomb. It dates back to the reign of Amenhotep III, one of Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs, who ruled from 1391 to 1353 B.C.

I just love that they put the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb as an important discovery. I got the chance to have a one on one with Mr Tutankhamun when the site was deserted due to the civil unrest in Egypt at the time. Usually you can line up for hours to get in and then get a quick look before you are ushered out of the tomb. I even got to have a close up look at his toes – seriously!

So when the travel IS eventually lifted maybe you should get on the first plane out of here to one of your bucket list sites before the rest of the world gets there and make it a memory to cherish.

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. I am looking forward to a trip within Canada while waiting for fewer travel restrictions for Canadians. My question for you is: Why do you now have a red arrow on the wall behind you when you are on your Skype segment with Global TV? Do you have one way routes throughout your home now like COVID routing in the grocery stores?


    1. Hahaha Barb. That is a good question! It might not be a bad idea but I think we have enough rules and regulations right now. My son had a trip planned to BC and that was his reminder that he had something to look forward to and he told me that is the right direction for BC. Not sure if he was right but so funny that it turned up on Global. I sometimes wonder if my cat will come in and start licking her bum on tv! That would be a shocker! Stay well and thanks for watching!


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