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Lavinia Spalding

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Lavinia Spalding is series editor of The Best Women’s Travel Writing, author of Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler, and co-author of With a Measure of Grace, the Story and Recipes of a Small Town Restaurant. Her work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including Tin House, Post Road, Inkwell Journal, Off Assignment, World Hum, Yoga Journal, Sunset magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco magazine, The Guardian UK, Every Day with Rachael Ray, The Best Travel Writing, and Lonely Planet's An Innocent Abroad. She also introduced the recently reissued e-book edition of Edith Wharton’s classic travelogue, A Motor-Flight Through France. She currently lives in New Orleans, and sh ...more

For those of you who live in the Bay Area, I'll be doing a reading/signing at the Green Arcade, one of my favorite San Francisco indie bookshops, on October 12th, at 7 pm. The Green Arcade is at Market and Gough. http://www.the greenarcade.com
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“Don't ever live vicariously. This is your life. Live.”
Lavinia Spalding

“There’s something profoundly intense and intoxicating about friendship found en route. It’s the bond that arises from being thrust into uncomfortable circumstances, and the vulnerability of trusting others to navigate those situations. It’s the exhilaration of meeting someone when we are our most alive selves, breathing new air, high on life-altering moments. It’s the discovery of the commonality of the world’s people and the attendant rejection of prejudices. It’s the humbling experience of being suspicious of a stranger who then extends a great kindness. It’s the astonishment of learning from those we set out to teach. It’s the intimacy of sharing small spaces, the recognition of a kindred spirit across the globe.

It’s the travel relationship, and it can only call itself family.”
Lavinia Spalding, The Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 8: True Stories from Around the World

“I've nursed a lifelong love affair with movement, straying ever farther from those I love most. But somewhere along the way, it dawned on me that I was always traveling with family - because the act of travel, to the extent that it separates us from our relatives, also extends, manifests, multiplies, and completes family.”
Lavinia Spalding, The Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 8: True Stories from Around the World

“Don't ever live vicariously. This is your life. Live.”
Lavinia Spalding

“That's because true travel, the kind with no predetermined end, is one of the most selfish endeavors we can possibly undertake-an act in which we focus solely on our own fulfillment, with little regard to those we leave behind. After all, we're the ones venturing out into the big crazy world, filling up journals, growing like weeds. And we have the gall to think they're just sitting at home, soaking in security and stability.
It is only when we reopen these wrapped and ribboned boxes, upon our triumphant return home, that we discover nothing is the way we had left it before.”
Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana

“There’s something profoundly intense and intoxicating about friendship found en route. It’s the bond that arises from being thrust into uncomfortable circumstances, and the vulnerability of trusting others to navigate those situations. It’s the exhilaration of meeting someone when we are our most alive selves, breathing new air, high on life-altering moments. It’s the discovery of the commonality of the world’s people and the attendant rejection of prejudices. It’s the humbling experience of being suspicious of a stranger who then extends a great kindness. It’s the astonishment of learning from those we set out to teach. It’s the intimacy of sharing small spaces, the recognition of a kindred spirit across the globe.

It’s the travel relationship, and it can only call itself family.”
Lavinia Spalding, The Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 8: True Stories from Around the World

“Hold back the edges of your gown, Ladies, we are going through hell.”
William Carlos Williams




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