So yes, this blog is about seeking the best travel experiences possible: the most delicious meals, the most awe-inspiring vistas, the most authentic cultural forays, the most unique places to sleep and to shop. But ultimately, this blog is about travel. It is about what travel means. It is about why we spend so much time planning, so many conversations offering advice, and yes, so much cash money.
As such, I will periodically check in with the powers that be (philosophers, artists, global nomads) to share what it is that traveling ultimately means. Although I consider myself a writer, I don’t know that I could ever verbalize the experience of travel so well and so succinctly as the following quote I read today in the book The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton—Read and ENJOY:
“If our lives are dominated by a search for happiness, then perhaps few activities reveal as much about the dynamics of this quest—in all its ardor and paradoxes—than our travels. They express, however inarticulately, an understanding of what life might be about, outside of the constraints of work and of the struggle for survival. Yet rarely are they considered to present philosophical problems—that is, issues requiring thought beyond the practical. We are inundated with advice on where to travel to, but we hear little of why and how we should go, even though the art of travel seems naturally to sustain a number of questions neither so simple nor so trivial, and whose study might in modest ways contribute to an understanding of what the Greek philosophers beautifully termed eudaimonia, or ‘human flourishing’.”