Communication and Travel: magnified!

22 September 2010 § Leave a comment

Sometimes it’s fun to see what other people have to say about the things I love. Other times, it feels redundant and lame, to the point where I have to wonder about the nature of communication. Social media? Everyone’s got a publishable voice? Yeah, freedom of expression and all that. But so much of what we say is utterly useless. Must we publicize every thought and idea that crosses our mind? Twitter may be the future, kids, but that doesn’t make it okay.

Let’s tie some nooses, shall we?

He’s being very kind for having a disclaimer about offending people. Naturally, few people are going to admit that they travel for negative reasons. It’s a committing thing, to buy an obscenely expensive ticket and go off to some country you may know nothing about, simply to look around. Time and money? People seem to value these things. But they are not standards respected by everyone. To hell with your recession. I don’t care if it’s over.

I have many reasons for traveling. Very near the top of that list is escape. To be in my own world, to wander – without regard for others, ‘normal’ things and life when it is not new and adventurous. It is a fight against complacency, and it is constantly inspiring. It is an excuse to feel more intensely, to write with abandon. To find stories, to discover the things under rocks and in the woods. Hitchhiking is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done, and a large part of that claim is that when I’m on another continent, there’s no safety net, nothing to depend on but instinct and a map.

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