Hope Travels We travel in hope A destination unseen Eyes drawn to distance ____________________________ The journeys that have been my most rewarding and unexpectedly memorable, have been those where I travelled without an idea of the destination. Unplanned, spontaneous, hopeful, wishful. Some journeys ended in flat disappointment. Yet some were and remain places that stay in memory. Sheer delight, sights, sounds, smells, tastes, unknown languages, ancient cultures, smiles of welcome. The old town of Tallinn, Estonia. The first arrival in Istanbul. The chaos of Cairo. The charm of Cochin in Kerala, India, the buzz of Hong Kong. Travel is best when it involves the unexpected. Not endlessly researched on Trip Advisor and Google Maps or Instagram hashtags.