Why do we travel?

by Joanne Steele on July 28, 2009

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I’m online this morning looking at activities, attractions, camping spots, wifi locations and more for my late summer road trip north to Okanogan County, Washington.

A good friend who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area asked, “Why ever are you going THERE when you live in paradise! We work all year to come up to Mount Shasta.”

…and then I opened an email with a quote that explains it all:

Well known travel writer Pico Iyer suggests that we travel”…initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what 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.”

I love to come home to my little place at the base of Mount Shasta in Northern California, and I love to “become a young fool again” whenever I can, to visit the places where you live, and work, the place that you come home to.

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