Good travel isn’t just fun and relaxing, though it’s hopefully both of those things too. Good travel, to me, causes you to reflect on your own life—both there and on your return. Sometimes it even inspires you to make small or big changes.
Take a vacation, grill outdoors, head to the pool; there are certain rites of summer we all tend to enact year after year. And while traditions are traditions (all of the above are pretty great), sometimes it’s good to mix things up a little.
Though I spent the majority of my adult life in New York City, I had one charmed summer in San Francisco. It was just enough time to whet my appetite for more, but not enough to really discover what the city was all about. Cities, like people, take time to develop relationships with—and I’d only become friendly acquaintances with this one.