“Why We Travel”

The Watchman

“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to ind ourselves.  We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate.  We travel to bring wha 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.”

-Pico Iyer, “Why We Travel” from Salon Travel, republished as a part of The Best American Travel Writing 2001

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