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Why we Travel?

Why we Travel?


Why we travel?

“The pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to” Alain de Bottom

I remember reading Alain De Botton’s book   “The Art of Travel”


And I was extremely struck by the power of this book to make the suggestion- to remind us rather, that wherever we go you know, whenever we head to that “elsewhere”, to that anywhere-but-here, we often find that we have to bring ourselves along for the ride.

Art of travel

We look at the brochure, and we dream about who we will become when we go to that place.

We dream about that beach, we dream about that sunset. We dream of what, of who, we might become in that moment.

It’s really about hacking our reality. The journey is really a desire for self-transcendence, a desire for rebirth, a desire for apotheosis.

It’s a very powerful thing. It’s a very hard thing to hack because of hedonic adaptation.

Because familiarity, because routines because traditional modes of thought blind us from the ecstasy of the present moment.

They blind us from the hardly bearable ecstasy of direct energy exploding in our nerve endings when we dissolve boundaries when are here in the NOW, inspired…experiencing revelatory ecstasy, making time dilate because of the poetry of the moment. We want that!

We seek that illumination, that catharsis, that moment of letting go, of losing ourselves and finding ourselves.

Of being inspired, of being moved to tears by this exquisite moment. And yet its so hard.

So what do we do?

We create itineraries, we create mantras and we do drugs and so on and so forth

But it’s elusive, that space, that liminal space is so hard to tap into.

That flow.

I am searching for it !

That’s why I love that word – Hermenaut ! Think about it !

The hermeneutics- the search for meaning.

Astronaut – we all know what it is.

So,  Hermenaut..It’s Us. 

We are the travelers in search of signification.

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