How to travel without moving

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[words by Narina Exelby / photographs © David Lemke, Ryan PyleWylie Maercklein, all The WideAngle]

Switching languages; remembering words. Consulting maps. Catching taxis; running late; riding buses; booking flights. Crossing time zones. Checking in; checking out. Packing. Taking pictures. Walking streets, changing currency; finding bars. We fill our days with so much doing when we travel that it’s easy to forget to just – breathe. To simply be. To notice that the late-afternoon air is a little cooler now than it was half an hour ago; to trace the patterns in the pavement, so different from home; to smell the rain; to watch the wind tug at a piece of litter. We become so obsessed with going, with doing, with gathering and with recording our experiences that we often miss out on truly living in the world in this moment. So here is your challenge: the next time you step outside, be still for a minute and just observe. Breathe. Feel. Tune in to details. You’re likely to find that you don’t have to go very far from home to really experience the world.

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