Does constant travel desensitise us to each new experience?

I don’t know if this is a phenomenon that any of you out there has experienced but I recently had the good fortune to see the Grand Canyon when I flew over to Boulder City from Las Vegas. I had first experienced the Grand Canyon over twenty years ago when i was visiting a relative in Phoenix, Arizona and decided — almost on the spur of the moment — to hire a car and drive there. It’s a good 4.5 hour drive each way and I only got to spend about two hours there before driving all the way back but boy did it make a huge impression on me! Indeed, it was probably the first time that I ever truly appreciated the expression ‘breathtaking’ as my first view over the southern rim literally did take my breadth away. As I say, I was there again a few weeks ago, albeit at the western rim and although the canyon was there in all its great scale and majesty, I just didn’t get the same buzz that i did the first time round. This therefore begs the following two questions:

1. Have I become desensitized in the intervening 20 or so years because I have seen/experienced so many wonderful places around the world in the interim that I am now harder to impress?

2. Or is it because the southern rim of the Grand Canyon is the more impressive site in which to experience all that this natural phenomenon has to offer?

Hopefully it’s the latter as I would hate to think that unbeknownst to myself, I have started to become more blasé about what the world has to offer. What do you think? have you had a similar experience? If so, would you like to share it with other readers of this blog?


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