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How Travel Gave Me a New Perspective on Life

By Brook Wilkinson.


It was when I got an offer to be a hotel maid that I decided to quit my job at a national magazine and leave New York City behind. No, I didn’t trade in my laptop for a housekeeping cart—but the fact that I considered it, even for a second, convinced me right then and there that I needed to change something about my life.


I was on a heli-hiking trip with Canadian Mountain Holidays. Their trips are, for me at least, the most perfect combination of comfort and adventure: You spend your nights in one of their plush lodges deep in the Columbia Mountains, and your days getting flown by helicopter to spots even more remote and then tramping around high among the peaks, with views that go for miles and not a smidge of civilization in sight. When my guide one afternoon offered to keep…

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