Friday, May 1, 2009

Why We Travel

Friday, May 1, 2009

The following is from Pico Iyer’s lapidary essay, Why We Travel.

We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again—to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.

…travel spins us round in two ways at once: It shows us the sights and values and issues that we might ordinarily ignore; but it also, and more deeply, shows us all the parts of ourselves that might otherwise grow rusty. 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.


Click here to read the entire essay.


12 comments:

Kayni said...

exactly, i travel because i get the chance to leave my usual, routine life and get to know a brand new one, meet people, get lost, experience new culture and more. all these, enhances my life and i do hope that i'll enhance the lives of the people i meet.

Anonymous said...

next stops bikin beach and angkor wat. :)

Angeli said...

You enhanced mine, Kayni. :)

Angkor Wat, yey! I am so excited, honey! :)

Amelia said...

yeah right Angeli...I travel not just to see paces but meet different people, know their culture and had the first hand experience on life on the other side of the world...

coincidence? hubby and I will be heading to Angkor Wat on August... ;)

Angeli said...

oh wow. you've got to give me tips then, amelia. D and i are planning to go to Vietnam then Cambodia in November or December pa.

:)

witsandnuts said...

Pico Iyer is an amazing writer. Ever.

unstranger said...

Great essay, thanks for posting it. Applicable to us all.

Kayni said...

thank you. i'm melting na =).

Angeli said...

He truly is a great writer.

Angeli said...

you are welcome, Kayni.

:)

jacqueline said...

traveling allows me to deviate from life's daily routine... and brings me closer to lorenz. :)

mordsith said...

I read the essay, and it was good. i haven't traveled a lot yet (only my mind wanders haha), but i've planned to go to so many different places. I want to experience Himalayas. :)

 
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