20 August 2015


Why We Travel by Pico Iyer
because I will never be as eloquent as him, here are some quotations. I tried hard to not just copy and paste the entire article.

We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. [...] to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed.

[We travel] to be compelled to work desperately for a moment at no matter what

I travel in large part in search of hardship — both my own, which I want to feel, and others’, which I need to see. Travel in that sense guides us toward a better balance of wisdom and compassion — of seeing the world clearly, and yet feeling it truly. For seeing without feeling can obviously be uncaring; while feeling without seeing can be blind.

[T]he first great joy of traveling is simply the luxury of leaving all my beliefs and certainties at home

[P]erhaps the real distinction [of tourists and travelers] lies between those who leave their assumptions at home, and those who don’t.

Travel is the best way we have of rescuing the humanity of places, and saving them from abstraction and ideology. And in the process, we also get saved from abstraction ourselves.

For in traveling to a truly foreign place, we inevitably travel to moods and states of mind and hidden inward passages that we’d otherwise seldom have cause to visit.

[A]ll good trips are, like love, about being carried out of yourself and deposited in the midst of terror and wonder.

[T]ravel is, in a sense, about the conspiracy of perception and imagination

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