Why Travel?

Trip Start Sep 26, 2006
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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Why travel?

The thought of travel invokes feelings of tapping into the unknown, breaking new ground and being able to expect only one thing-the unexpected. There is something deeply human about travel, in that it quenches a thirst for knowledge and provides satiation for the all-too-human condition of not being satisfied with what is presently at hand. Or maybe it is rooted even deeper, at the genetic level. Maybe it is instinctual to travel, and is as hardwired into our genetic make up as our own two legs. After all, the bipedal nature of the early hominid is what gave him a competitive advantage over his primate predecessor. The hominid became better at hunting, migrated to better conditions, and was able to spread his seed even further. Ah ha! Maybe that's why I have an instinctual urge to travel―to spread my California boy pollen among a vast sea of exotic daffodils. Err.. Sorry... I swear I was on to something here... where was I...?

Mainly I want to travel because I am a curious person. When I begin to explore, I am hard pressed to stop. Curiosity has always been my biggest vice, and I thank all my schoolteachers for putting up with my constant questioning. But it is also one of my virtues. When I am curious to learn and explore, it brings out the best in me. I am wide-eyed, all ears, excited and passionate to learn. It keeps me fresh and awake―as opposed to the tired, bored, and empty feeling that can arise from the hum-drum of routine.

Another reason for travel is not only to fulfill dreams about the future, but also to forget nightmares of the past. While I'm no fugitive or refugee, there are things at home from which I am fleeing, or not so urgently phrased... happy to leave behind. There may be things in particular about my homeland that qualify, but most of what I wish to move on from is not defined, but are habits and unconscious tendencies that naturally arise from being in the same place and living a routine lifestyle. Travel opens up the chi flow to those areas of stagnation in my psyche. That is, after all, the simplest meaning of the word travel: movement. We all need to move on from the past in order to live progressively toward a future unbounded by past experience. Only then can we truly live with eyes wide open, dream of endless possibility, and be visionaries. Finally, I can join the Guatemalan circus and no one back home will ever have to know about it!

After the above reasons for my travel proposition, a gullible reader is probably ready to buy a ticket to Fiji. But travel will subject me to all the unknown dangers of foreign territory. This, believe it or not, is also a reason to travel-to gain "real life experience." Time to forget all those travel horror stories, I am guaranteed to experience one or two of my own and learn things the hard way at some point. All of the glorious reasons previously mentioned will inevitably be uprooted and shit-canned, but I hope that it will be a good lesson learned. It is important not to take the gift of life and good fortune for granted, and recognize that it is a gift―one that must be lived to the fullest while it lasts!!!

"Love life, let it love you back" ― Aceyalone
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