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​From the Editor: Where Do You Want to be Right Now?

Mary Bemis Headshow

Credit Christopher Briscoe

Close your eyes and take a journey in your mind—ask yourself, “What is calling to me right now—and what do I need now?”

That’s the question that came to mind as I sat down to plan this year’s retreat guide. Every place represents a different kind of yearning. The sea, for example, beckons in a different way than the mountains do. Right now, I’m actually thinking about Wales, and I trip I took years back. The reason that calls to me is that I love the solitude of the cliffs and craggy moors and breathing in the brisk sea air. I was pleased to discover that 2018 has been deemed “The Year of the Sea” by Visit Wales. You can read more about that in our roundup of seaside retreats on page 18. There are lots of possibilities to explore in this third annual Journey to Renewal, from volunteer vacations to transformational travel to wellness getaways. And to encourage more responsible travel—things you may not have thought of—Martha Honey, executive director of the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), shares expert advice on what to do before you depart, while you’re at your destination, and when you return.  Turn to “Transform the Way You Travel,” on page 4. As you sit with this issue, close your eyes and ta …

Mary Bemis is the editor in chief of Journey to Renewal and the founder of

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