This travel story is an excerpt from Four Corners: A Journey into the Heart of Papua New Guinea by Kira Salak.
I left Tahiti behind, still hearing Coco’s words, You always go, non?
The plane rose and I watched the shores of French Polynesia fade to a spread of blue ocean. The fragrance of Tahiti seemed to linger on my skin, in my hair, like a memory that couldn’t be washed away.
A flight attendant handed me an Air New Zealand survey. One of the questions asked: “How do you generally prefer to travel?”
I smiled to myself as I checked the box, “Independently, without prior arrangements.” A lifetime summed up.