Brad Rant: Far and Familiar

On April 9, 2019 by Brad Black in BRADS RANTS

I’m fortunate to be able to travel the world often.
I love to visit places I’ve never been, and more than not, I find myself returning to the same destinations and visiting the same people, restaurants, and landmarks.

I was recently in Nuremberg, Germany and having dinner with some friends, longtime Germany visitors.
As the dinner hours stretched on, I noticed how familial the conversations were between my friends and the owners.
Turns out, my friends had been coming to this same restaurant for fifteen years for most of their meals, despite all the other options.

We all remarked on how nourishing and meaningful it can be to feel familiar when you’re traveling.
It’s like roots of a tree that hold it in place during a storm.

So, when do you decide to settle on something?
What makes you decide to go deep rather than broad?
Anyone who has traveled knows the pressure that can come with seeing it all. And after traveling all that way, the FOMO is real.

For me, I found real clarity in that Nuremberg restaurant.
I realized I travel far to find familiarity.
To find that small moment of connection that comes from being a regular on the other side of the world.
I travel to see, and be seen.


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