Why I travel
People ask me all the time “how do you travel so much”?
I came across the answer today – I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine ~Caskie Stinnett
The most delightful – and insightful – essay on travel is perhaps this by Pico Iyer – 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.
Which is why I never understand people who travel – and then search for the comfortingly familiar – the McDonald’s and the Starbucks, the large impersonal hotel chain, the other person from the same country / city / community, the well-known tourist spots… If the idea is to be in one’s safe comfort zone, then why travel at all?