“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”—Robert Louis Stevenson
I was preparing to fly last Tuesday; cleaning, packing, planning , communicating and connecting, when this topic arrived in my head.
So many of the aspects of travelling from place to place, have become familiar, of course I try not to take this planning for granted lest the travel gods hear my thoughts and place that familiar spanner in the works!
“I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.”
The day before I had this thought, I had been chatting with friends when I became aware that I had lived in the same city for 35 years; not just the same city but the same suburb of that city!
In my current life of perpetual travel which I commenced seven yearsago, I realise that, thanks to travel, I have completely transformed in almost every aspect of my life.
“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”
When you think of it, constant travel can be the perfect evolutionary tool-but does that mean a life of deep rootedness leads to stagnation? And does becoming a perpetual or seasoned traveller inevitably lead to greater awareness and enlightenment?
“Don’t be a tourist. Plan less. Go slowly. I traveled in the most inefficient way possible and it took me exactly where I wanted to go.”—Andrew Evans
When I looked up the word “seasoned” I found a spectrum of possibilities
- been around
- been there
- old hand
- worldly wise
I have to say that at times I have felt weathered-scarred by the battle to traverse different landscapes, manage different systems,but those wounds have healed and I’d like to think transformed into worldy wise skills.
- David Mitchell Cloud Atlas
Soon, I’ll transition to “settling down” and yet in that new life I will continue to travel- not necessarily in the physical sense.
Yesterday, I believed that I never would have done what I did today