I heard a discussion of an essay, Reclaiming Travel, on NPR tonight, and I felt the urge to share it. Ilan Stavans and Joshua Ellison write about travel experience, and what it means to really immerse ourselves in the world around us. Here is the article and its discussion on NPR.
My favorite piece?
“Travel is a search for meaning, not only in our own lives, but also in the lives of others. The humility required for genuine travel is exactly what is missing from its opposite extreme, tourism.”
And one more:
“Our wandering is meant to lead back toward ourselves. This is the paradox: we set out on adventures to gain deeper access to ourselves; we travel to transcend our own limitations. Travel should be an art through which our restlessness finds expression. We must bring back the idea of travel as a search.”
It feels as if the authors are speaking right from my soul.