With our 2020 travel plans temporarily on hold, we find ourselves returning to memories of past adventures, finding joy in journeys that resonated, inspired, elevated – and that taught us something meaningful about ourselves and the wider world we share. In this new series, we revisit our best‑ever trips with you, and hope you’ll do the same for us. This week, digital executive editor Malcolm Gilderdale travels back to Spain, where he visited in the fall of 2017.
enRoute Tell us why this trip in particular keeps coming back to you now – what made it so memorable?
Malcolm Gilderdale One of my favourite things about travel is the idea of personal freedom it represents: not only do you visit places that are heartbreakingly beautiful, you are (temporarily) unencumbered by little concerns like “working for a living.” My trip to Spain with my wife and (then three‑year‑old) son was a delicious slice of indulgence for the senses. We wandered through cobblestone streets in mountain towns, touched the rough‑hewn outer walls of the Alhambra palace, smelled the sea air in La Herradura, lived in homes filled with books and light... At this moment escape is at a premium, and I can still close my eyes and feel free when I remember our time there.