I received a mailing this morning. Inside was a glossy 12-page brochure whose cover was graced with the photograph above. The brochure, sent by a cruise company, advertised its ideas about Family Sailing. My immediate visceral reaction: "Why???"

My travel philosophy is simple — we travel to expand our horizons. Such was the very theme of my very first Travel Horizons post on October 4, 2006. I would never spend my dollars to take my children to the stunningly beautiful fjords of Norway, only to have them ignore the gorgeous views while they drive go-carts around a track on the top deck of a megaship.

Every traveler, and every travel advisor, is different and I would never disparage anyone's personal preferences. I'm only saying ... my philosophy of travel is about expanding our travel horizons ... experiencing the sights, sounds, tastes, smells, history, and cultures of the world's varied peoples.

I am here reprinting my words from nearly 13 years ago. This remains my guiding philosophy when planning my travels and those of my clients.
This is a new blog about travel. I am calling it Travel Horizons. 
One of the wonderful things about travel is that it expands our horizons, literally. A horizon is defined as "the circular boundary of the part of the earth's surface visible from a particular point." 
When we stay in one place, we see the same horizon day after day. What lies beyond those familiar horizons? This is the question, the basic curiosity, that leads to exploration, to discovery, to travel.
This space will be dedicated to sharing the new horizons that travel opens to us. In the months to come, I will write about where I have been, what I have seen, and how these experiences have broadened my own horizons. I invite you to be a part of this conversation.
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