Open Mic Friday! you talk: seeing the world

Happy Friday, wonderful ones, and welcome to the Open Mic!

VisitedStatesMap

States I've visited. Map generated at http://www.epgsoft.com

Summer is upon us (well, in some parts of the world anyway!) and for lots of people that means travel. For a long time I considered myself untraveled because I had never left North America. To validate what I perceived as an insular existence, I looked to people like Emily Dickinson, who wrote nearly two thousand poems while barely leaving her childhood home. It wasn’t until college that I fully appreciated how cool it was that I’d visited nineteen of the United States!

My question to you today is: how does travel influence your life and/or your art?

Also: how do you cultivate an attitude of travel when you stay close to home?

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