Travel is the confrontation of the self with the unknown: it is the willful placing of the self in a situation of which the outcome is indiscernible. It is hands-on, moment-to-moment learning. It is the acceptance of the unfamiliar, and it is the abandonment of fear.
As Chris McCandless states in Jon Krakauer’s book, Into the Wild, “Nothing is more damaging to man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”
Open yourself to the wild vastness of the world. Revel in the life of it.
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For further reading on travel and finding beauty in the grittiness of the world, check out my post Travelling Sucks, and You Should Do it More Often.
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