I walked the 4.5 miles from my hotel ti my conference this morning. As I walked I thought about my slow travel principles- go slow, look and listen carefully, and stay local. How could I get the most out of my limited time?
I knew I had a nine hour meeting ahead of me with lots of unhealthy food on offer- I needed exercise! Also, spring has finally arrived and I wanted to smell it. And finally I wanted to have a physical experience of the place, not ride in a car.
I knew my colleagues might see me walking and think I was weird or poor or lonely. I wanted the walk more than I wanted to fit in.
It was totally worth it.
I saw so many things I couldn’t see from a cab or car. It also gave me empathy and a new way of thinking about the topic of the conference. I will write about that on my other blog- for this one, I say listen to your body and start walking and looking carefully.