As Titan Travel enter their 40th year, we reflect on how time moulds us. To celebrate, we created a video to explore the impact of our life moments on the people we become. We asked influential individuals; filmmakers, artists, photographers, psychologists, to discuss their relationship with the video and how it resonated with them. Traveller and adventurer Suzanne tells us how the video moved her.
Suzanne Jones is a serial traveller always on the search for adventure and the next culinary encounter. Suzanne runs top UK travel blog, The Travelbunny, and packs it with wanderlust inspiration, culinary encounters, photography and adventure for the over 40s. Her aim is to inspire your wanderlust and then give you the information, guides and tips to help you plan your own trip and make your own unforgettable memories. Suzanne grew just outside Brighton on the Sussex coast which is probably why she never likes to be too far away from the sea.
In your personal/professional experience, how do the themes of our #IAmNow video resonate with you?
The #IAMNOW video is poignant, moving and completely relatable for me; as I’ve experienced some of the destinations highlighted.
The video transported me back in time to happy travel memories and precious moments; where we take time to stop, wonder and absorb the beauty of our amazing world. Moments which contrast completely with the fast pace of everyday life, work and raising a family.
The video encompasses how important these little moments are and how a snippet of a memory can transport you back to a time, a place and a magical moment.
What does time mean to you?
The older I become the more precious time becomes. I’m more aware of how quickly time races by, of how important it is to make the most of every minute and truly immerse myself in the moment. I want to spend time making memories with the people I love, making the moments count for both them and me.
I remember my childhood when the days seemed to stretch into an eternity of play, laughter and learning. When did the days become so much shorter? It’s important for me to make time count, spend it wisely, bank those special moments so I can look back on them, enjoy them all over again, and think ‘I’m so glad I did that’.
Mark Twain said “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” I’d go with that.
What does travel mean to you?
To me, travel means that I keep learning about the world, about the people who cross our paths and about myself, and helping me grow as a person. The elderly barman who, through his tears, told me about his love for his wife who’d died seven years before and how his job kept him going. The young Croatian guide, choked with emotion, who remembered hiding under the kitchen table as a child during the Yugoslavian war. The Cambodian children who handed out notes written in English thanking us for visiting their country (I still have that note ten years later). The tour guide in India who explained so beautifully how astrology played a part in matching couples for marriage and how, sadly, the stars had never aligned for him.
I’ve learned that whichever country I travel to, whoever I meet along the way, we all have the same hopes, dreams and wishes for ourselves, our families and our loved ones. That never changes whatever our sex, religion or colour of our skin. Travel has taught me to cherish our world, the people in it and keep it safe for generations to come.
How I live for the moment?
I try to live every moment to the full. I soak up the sights and sounds around me, I talk to people of different cultures and creeds. I take pleasure in the small things. Happiness, for me, is learning about our world and the people and creatures within it.
I absorb aromas and flavours, and try new tastes and foods whenever I can; food can help you learn so much about a place.
I love to watch my loved ones react to new experiences and watch their expressions as they are captivated by a view, mesmerised by a sunset or see an animal wild and free in its natural environment. Those moments are priceless.
Travel also helps me appreciate my family, my home, my life and it will always be a big part of my life. But, for me, one of the best things about travel is coming home.
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