Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Travel Is Not The Answer

I'd like to share this wonderful article by Miranda Ward on Brave New Traveler.

She opens with :

"We often hope to leave our troubles behind when we travel. Problem is, they follow us wherever we go."

Excerpts :

When we go somewhere new we hope either that the banalities of everyday life won’t follow us, or that we’ll become someone different in the context of a different space. But travel is not some magical process of transformation.

At best, travel is a state of mind – a way of revising our views of the world and ourselves, of exploring and watching. But it’s never the answer to all of our problems, never a method of erasing anxieties, and to a certain extent this will always be a disappointment.

What I forget is that it’s actually freeing to know all this – for if we do, we can start to think of travel beyond sightseeing and souvenir collecting.

Well written; good stuff to ponder on, including the commenters' posts.

Travel IS a state of mind; it's not just about geography.


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