Importance of Elsewhere
In Paul Theroux’s new book, The Tao of Travel, he writes,
“As a child, yearning to leave home and go far away, the image in my mind was of flight — my little self hurrying off alone.
I wanted to find a new self in a distant place, and new things to care about. The importance of elsewhere was something
I took on faith. Elsewhere was the place I wanted to be.”
“The wish to travel seems to me characteristically human; the desire to move, to satisfy your curiosity or ease your fears, to
change the circumstances of your life, to be a stranger,
to make a friend, to experience an exotic landscape, to risk the unknown …” – Theroux
“…The tourist generally hurries back home at the end of a
few weeks or months,the traveler, belonging no more to one place than to the next, moves slowly,
over periods of years, from one part of the earth to another.”
– Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
“All good trips are, like love, about being carried out of yourself and deposited in the
midst of terror and wonder. “
– Pico Iyer, Why We Travel
“There is a change that takes place in a man or a woman in transit.
You can see this at its most exaggerated on a ship when whole personalities change.”
– John Steinbeck
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain
“Travel is flight and pursuit in equal parts.”
The Great Railway Bazaar, Theroux