July 25, 2021

Sticking Close To Home

The voyage of the HMS Beagle.

In the early 1830s Charles Darwin spent five years on an epic voyage across the globe. But what did he do after that?

Darwin, one of the early explorers and travellers of modern times, ended up settling in London after his research trip on the HMS Beagle. 

When the big city became too stressful, Darwin and his family moved to the quiet of the countryside. 

For the last 40 years of his life, other than rare trips to London, Darwin spent all his time close to Down House, in Downe, UK.

His wanderlust satiated, Darwin enjoyed daily strolls on his "thinking path" out in his garden next to a row of tall trees. 

It was in this house and garden that he worked out his theories of evolution by natural selection.

You may not hear as much about it, but Darwin was never to set foot on a ship again.

While not so popular today, we can also give in to our nesting instinct.

It is alright to pull a Darwin, quit travel and stick close to home.  

Anyone would benefit from more time to enjoy treading their own thinking path. 

Many revolutionary ideas would result, and maybe even could end up producing a book, or books, that would change the world.


  1. The smaller I make my physical world the greater I grow. All that most of us will ever need in this world is right under our noses if we care to look

    1. Thank you for your comment. We also know this to be true, and beautiful.

  2. I told someone today I have decided on a stress free retirement and am doing a Darwin - the quizzical look on his face was priceless. He's probably still googling.

    1. Same here - I realized that travel can be exciting... as well as stressful. For me at this time it is more stress than excitement, so I do not do it anymore. And don't miss it. If retirement isn't about no stress, than what is it about?


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