Don’t wait…the eloquent version

The Travelers’ Tales July newsletter is out, and Publihser James O’Reilly relates what I was talking about in “Indpendence Day” to travel:

“One cannot divine nor forecast the conditions that will make happiness; one only stumbles upon them by chance, in a lucky hour, at the world’s end somewhere…”

Willa Cather wrote these words in 1902 during her first trip to Provence. They suggest in a lovely way that travel may increase the incidence of moments of happiness, but of course the conditions exist close to home as well as far away. Nonetheless the visible and invisible wagon ruts of inertia are deeper at home than when you are traveling. So, if you have no plans this summer to sail the South Seas or hike the Dolomites, go down a street you’ve never been down, preferably on foot. Change your route to work or the way you go home. Walk a thicket of woods that has always intrigued you or lie down in a field. What we seek in travel—magic—is all around, and has never left your doorstep, your bookshelf, your mind and heart.




—James O’Reilly, Publisher

Read the full Travelers’ Tales July newsletter, or click the more button to get the Table of Contents to what’s inside.


News Box!—Win a free trip to Paris! Wine event; Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference

Book Sale—Selected women’s titles 50% off!
In the Spotlight—TT in the classroom, praise from bookstores

The Flying Carpet—The adventures, rants and raves of the TT staff and friends

Editors’ Choice—”Great in the Sack,” a humorous back road adventure by Suzanne Schlosberg

Submission Call—Last calls, revised guidelines

Sample Chapters—from America and Coast to Coast in celebration of Independence Day

Travel Tips—”Weird Foods: Tips on Fearless Dining” from Shitting Pretty
Web site of the Month—

Tell a Friend—If you enjoyed the stories and news, please pass the newsletter on to friends and family

The Last Word—”Sea to Shining Sea,” by Fred Setterberg, America

Read the full Travelers’ Tales July newsletter.