“If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.” – Joseph Campbell
When folks come to the Travelers Hotel, we see people from all over the world taking steps into the unknown, making their own path. With our guests, the transition from guest to friend is generally quick. We created this space to be an escape for any person needing one, a haven for those yearning to be submersed in local art and culture, and a hub for Clarksdale’s vibrant arts and entertainment scene.
Many guests become friends, and return to the Travelers Hotel time and time again, and we learn their stories deeper and better as they return. We learn what makes them tick and their journey becomes a part of ours. One such friend is Jean-Charles, our new – and dear - friend from Switzerland.
Jean-Charles is a seeker of experiences and community, and when he visited Clarksdale that’s just what he got. He fell in love with blues music while visiting one of Clarksdale’s many live music venues, and knew that he wanted to learn to play. He didn’t seriously entertain the idea because he felt he was simply too old.
But with a little nudge from a friend, he overcame those inner obstacles that all too often disrupt our paths. Today, Jean-Charles plays the harmonica on stage in the very place where he was first inspired to stretch his limits and learn something new. Jean-Charles’ story is so special to us because his through his travels he found a path for inspiration, listened to that part of him that wanted to fill a creative yearning, and today plays (with gusto!) in front of a crowd. And I bet his presence on stage is inspiring yet another traveler with an inner artist whose voice is growing louder.
To us, that’s what the Travelers Hotel is all about. It’s a place to get away, to unplug from every day life, and to get in touch with whatever’s inside and let it push its way out. We welcome all. Come see us.