What's Your Favorite Landscape?

Gazing at breathtaking landscapes is one of the highlights of travel. Many of the pictures that we take have a beautiful background as its focus. When we describe these landscapes, we use words like breathtaking vistas, lush green mountains, thundering waterfalls, glistening glaciers and vibrant cities.  We choose our destinations based on our desired landscape.  Our bucket lists are filled with places like the Grand Canyon, Paris, New York City, seeing the Aurora Borealis, Strokkur Geyser and the islands of Hawaii.  

So when I asked my ambassadors about their favorite landscape, they did more than describe the beauty of the place. My team of travel writers responded with stories about how traveling to their favorite landscape also speaks to where they are on their life journey.  It turns out our favorite landscape is more than purely visual it's a vital part of your experience.

I often find myself in the mountains when I am seeking rest from my busy schedule. Sometimes I am there for a family ski trip or on holiday with friends, but I find that I gravitate towards this refuge when I need stillness in my life, whether I know it or not. To me, the mountains are a place of rest, meditation, and solitude. Its grandiose landscape reminds me of how truly small I am in a world where every activity I do makes me feel like I play a significant role.

My favorite thing to do when visiting the mountains is to walk to a place where no one else is in sight and then stand completely still. Introspective quiet washes over me as fresh air fills my lungs, the trees rustle in the soft wind, and surrounding noise is reserved for the wildlife of the area. It is a place where I find peace and confidence. It is a place where I find solitude and rest. It is a place I call a second home. There is a reason that people escape to this vastly beautiful landscape: it provides us with what we need to carry-on. The mountains prepare me for the hectic schedule awaiting my return to reality. But, even in my busiest times, I find my heart wandering to the slow and intentional lifestyle of being in the mountains…to being home. ~ by Emma Toland

My favorite landscape has always been the beach. The older I get, the more mountains grow on me though. Still, the beach calls to me like a siren. I can't say exactly what it is about the beach, perhaps the memory of years past when my family would spend our vacations on St. George Island in Florida. The endless blue water, the grainy sand, the sound of the waves crashing..all of it calms me. At the beach, the sunsets are bolder, the food is more flavorful, and the naps are better.  ~by Katy Matello