So What's This Site All About?
About The Geographical Cure
The Geographical Cure is a mix of curated content showcasing my love of cultural and historical travel. 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.
I’m Leslie Livingston. I have a degree in government and art history from Dartmouth and a law degree from Northwestern. I’ve spent decades studying and admiring art and have a special fondness for Greco-Roman, Renaissance and early Modernist artworks. I’ve lived in London and Florence and go to Europe for geographical cures at least four times a year.
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.
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 amateur art historian. 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 have a special focus on Italy and adore Paris, London, and all the secret hidden gems scattered throughout Europe.
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.
I only write about places I’ve chosen to travel to and things I’ve seen personally. Which is quite a lot, after many decades. I do all the writing on my blog myself. I don’t accept sponsored links, don’t do link swaps, don’t accept guest posts, and don’t do any sponsored trips or press trips. I don’t recommend any products either. What you get is my personal opinion and the best and most useful description I can give you of the places I’ve been.
About My Next Trip
In the next 10 months, I have trips planned to England, Austria, Rome (Christmas season!), France, and Ireland.