CNN Travel editors choose their best trips of 2018

In January, I unexpectedly found myself in the role of caregiver for my mother. While that has meant no traditional vacations, it didn’t mean travel was off-limits. I just had to redefine the word for my new circumstances.

So one lovely spring day near Augusta, Georgia, I took an hour off from working and caregiving to take a “journey” to Savannah Rapids Park — five miles from my motel and yet a world away.

This beautiful escape is situated where part of the Savannah River is diverted to form the Augusta Canal. Built in 1845 for industrial purposes, recreation is now the order of the day. I’ve taken classic strolls along the Seine, Thames, Tagus and St. Lawrence rivers, but none matched the serenity and promise of a spring day here.