Why we travel.

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My first preso in year 2014 - hope you like it.

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By: AliciaMaria (66 month(s) ago)

Muy buena presentacion.! Las frases de Pico Iyer muy acertadas!!!

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Why we Travel?

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I had often wondered about this while riding about solo to remote places…

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Excerpts from a fine essay by PICO Iyer You can read it online Here: LINK

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We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. 

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We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate.

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  The sovereign freedom of traveling comes from the fact that it whirls you around and turns you upside down, and stands everything you took for granted on its head.

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And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again -- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.

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And the first lesson we learn on the road, whether we like it or not, is how provisional and provincial are the things we imagine to be universal.  

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Yet for me the first great joy of traveling is simply the luxury of leaving all my beliefs and certainties at home, and seeing everything I thought I knew in a different light, and from a crooked angle. 

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  And we travel to fill in the gaps left by tomorrow's headlines…

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We travel, then, in part just to shake up our complacencies by seeing all the moral and political urgencies, the life-and-death dilemmas, that we seldom have to face at home

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  Traveling is a way to reverse time, to a small extent, and make a day last a year..

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So travel, for many of us, is a quest for not just the unknown, but the unknowing…

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Abroad is the place where we stay up late, follow impulse and find ourselves as wide open as when we are in love.

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  I, at least, travel in search of an innocent eye that can return me to a more innocent self. 

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 I, like many people, tend to ask questions of the places I visit, and relish most the ones that ask the most searching questions back of me..

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But more significantly, we carry values and beliefs and news to the places we go, and in many parts of the world, we become walking video screens and living newspapers, the only channels that can take people out of the censored limits of their homelands.

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We travel, then, in search of both self and anonymity -- and, of course, in finding the one we apprehend the other.

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But the great promise of it is that, traveling, we are born again, and able to return at moments to a younger and a more open kind of self. 

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  "The ideal travel book," Christopher Isherwood once said, "should be perhaps a little like a crime story in which you're in search of something."

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Every trip to a foreign country can be a love affair, where you're left puzzling over who you are and whom you've fallen in love with. 

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For what we all too often ignore when we go abroad is that we are objects of scrutiny as much as the people we scrutinize, and we are being consumed by the cultures we consume, as much on the road as when we are at home. 

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If travel is about the meeting of realities, it is no less about the mating of illusions…

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So travel, at heart, is just a quick way to keeping our minds mobile and awake.

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That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.

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Photographs used in this presentation are from my 2013 collection - avalok

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