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Britton Perelman is a writer, observer, and storyteller based in Los Angeles, California.

 

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As someone who would rather avoid human interaction, I am often drained by solo travel. I spend a lot of time being within and without. For an introvert, solo travel can be exhausting, but it can also be incredibly rewarding in other unexpected ways. But, if you embrace that aloneness, travel can impact you in ways you never could have imagined.

Ask someone what any TV show is about and they’ll likely respond with the central plot surrounding the main character. “It’s about Olivia Pope, who fixes other people’s scandals but is also having an affair with the president.” When “Scandal” debuted in 2012, that’s what the show was about. But, over time, it’s become so much more than that.

The eventuality of its disappearance makes the place all the more beautiful. The water rises, but the city doesn’t. There’s this sense of mystery, of something waiting to be found. Maybe just around the corner, or down the next alleyway. It emanates from the gondolas slipping gently through the water and the boats that hurry down the Grand Canal.

The Beauty In Revisiting Places: Five Days In London With My Sister

By experiencing a place with someone new, you get to watch as they pick up on things you don’t, as they view the world in a completely different way. That’s what I got to do when I returned to London for a third time, and I was lucky enough to be joined by my younger sister, Alison. Though we’ve both traveled extensively, we’d never done so together — our only joint “travel” experiences were family vacations.

Innovations in technology — everything from the machines writers type their stories with to the cameras used for filming to the way in which movies are distributed and consumed — have completely changed the entertainment industry. Though storytelling has advanced and become more nuanced, one thing remains the same. Disney storytellers get it right every single time.