So What's This Site All About?
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.
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 and compete, my enslavement in the natatorium has ended.
People are more than one thing in life; I am also a 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 over 40 countries. As the saying goes, I travel not just to escape the daily grind of life, but for life not to escape me.
I prefer to travel independently by foot or by car on my geographical cures; and I adore road trips. 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 like quirky offbeat historical destinations, not the typical tourist sites. Come join me on my boomer travel adventures in Europe and beyond. I curate must see culture vulture sites and museum itineraries that will help you travel better.
About My Next Trip
After a big year of travel in 2019 -- Spain, Portugal, Montreal, Budapest, Austria, Germany, Hawaii, and California -- I'll be back at it in 2020. First up is a trip to Rome in late February.