And for some final thoughts on travel as this Friday afternoon winds down, or a good weekend read if you’re just a little burnt out from the week right now, WorldHum republished Pico Iyer’s classic travel essay: “Why We Travel,” his epic travel essay that, after one read, will make you want to both drop everything and hit the road and, if you’re any sort of a writer, want to give up writing all together knowing that this is the kind of talent that’s out there. He begins:
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. The beauty of this whole process was best described, perhaps, before people even took to frequent flying, by George Santayana in his lapidary essay, “The Philosophy of Travel.” We “need sometimes,” the Harvard philosopher wrote, “to escape into open solitudes, into aimlessness, into the moral holiday of running some pure hazard, in order to sharpen the edge of life, to taste hardship, and to be compelled to work desperately for a moment at no matter what.”
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