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About The Geographical Cure

The Geographical Cure is a mix of curated content showcasing my travel tips and itineraries, cultural destination reviews, and oddventures. It began as a response to the passion sapping nature of 21st century life — distractions, children, jobs, stress — all of which can result in a murky cocktail of exhaustion and indifference.

Extricating oneself from a rut is rarely easily done, when complacency and trepidation mix together like dual ingredients in gunky glue. But life is frighteningly short. I needed a felicitous way to do battle against oblivion.

The lure of travel was an antidote. Travel appealed to my hardwired sense of adventure. It provided an opportunity to forge a stronger spirit, a chance for cultural escapism, and psychological euphoria.

Many denounce “the geographical cure” as a fantasy. I find that a temporary vacation is absolutely regenerative and has a blissful effect on the soul. Having a vacation on the horizon also provides a delightful frisson of excitement and is a tincture against thorny daily issues.

I created this space to share my passion for travel and culture and to provide a continuing stream of wanderlust inspiration for those, like me, who might need to reframe or recalibrate their spirit or who, in their next act, simple yearn to know and experience more.

me with a statue of Antoni Gaudi in Spain

About Me

I’m Leslie Livingston. My first incarnation was as a corporate lawyer at Morrison & Forester in Washington DC. After combining law and motherhood for some time, not always to good effect, I had a more than nagging sense that I needed a change. I quit my job and made a beeline back to the pool.
My next life chapter as a masters swimmer began. With my usual fervor and obsessive nature, I launched the most popular blog on the United States Masters Swimming website, and transformed myself into a masters world record holder
Then, disaster struck. I was diagnosed with blood clots and a rare condition caused by swimming —bilateral venous thoracic outlet syndrome — and the (mostly unsuccessful) surgeries commenced.

You can be devastated when something unexpected and stressful happens in life. On the other hand, if after a spasm of self pity, you redirect your energy and challenge yourself with something new, you became a stronger person because of it. For me, though I still swim, my enslavement in the natatorium has ended.

People are more than one thing in life; I am also a passionate traveler. And so, while waiting for my old self to re-materialize, tip toeing the balance between life and loss, I turned to travel. As it always has done, travel provided the requisite boost to the psychic bin.

Now, resilience intact and fairly well restored, I plan and embark on travel and cultural adventures whenever I can. To date, I’ve been to 45 countries and counting. As the saying goes, I travel not just to escape the daily grind of life, but for life not to escape me.

I’m a real Europhile. It’s my favorite place to travel. I prefer to travel independently by foot or by car on my geographical cures. I adore road trips and crafting the perfect itinerary.

I am also a culture vulture who flourishes on a steady diet of beauty, history, culture, art, and food — and I’m on a quest to consume as much as possible.

I especially like quirky offbeat historical destinations, not just the typical tourist sites. Come join me on my boomer travel adventures in Europe and beyond. 

I write about places I’ve chosen to travel to. I don’t accept sponsored links, sponsored trips, or press trips. 

About My Next Trip

In the next few months, I have trips planned to California, Sicily, and France.

Leslie

Contact Me:

lcl655@aol.com

11 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hi Leslie,

    I stumbled here looking for Louise Bourgeois…ha!…and found something that totally made my day. Your writing is really great. I enjoy how you craft your stories about your travel experiences. I’m looking forward to reading more.

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  2. Great site & thanks for sharing your story. Very inspiring & motivational!

    Loved your quote, “I travel not just to escape the daily grind of life, but for life not to escape me.”

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  3. I too find travel necessary to re-set myself and add interest to they sometimes daily grind of “real” life. I find your site to be exceedingly inspiring and informative. I am headed off to my 17th visit to Italy tomorrow and look forward to checking out some of your off the beaten path suggestions. I will be back here frequently to spend time lost in your stories.

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    • Thank you too much Rosan! Where are you off to in Italy? I am heading back for a long visit in May and am very excited. You can never get enough of Italy.

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  4. Hi Leslie: Yours is one of the best travel blogs I’ve discovered. We are going to Portugal this November. I booked an airbnb in the Graca neighborhood and then coincidentally noticed the great comments you made about this neighborhood! Would you recommend staying there, because I also noted that you said to avoid Tram 28, which seems to be one of the major ways to get around. Thanks for your advice!

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    • Thanks Michele! It’s a fine place to stay. I would take the tram, as it seems like the main way to get to Graca. Just, in general, I prefer to walk. Just be alert for pickpockets, as you would be on public transportation in any big city. Have fun!

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